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April 23, 2013

Sandra Bernhard ready to take on NT

Niagara Gazette — On Friday, groundbreaking comedian, author and actor Sandra Bernhard brings her latest live show entitled, “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” to the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. Bernhard’s acting resume includes a memorable performance as Masha in the critically acclaimed movie, “The King of Comedy,” and as network television’s first openly gay character, Nancy Bartlett on the sitcom “Roseanne.”

In addition to her other talents, Bernhard is an accomplished singer, and music is an integral part of her show. In North Tonawanda, she will have company onstage.

“I’m coming with my very talented pianist, Jeremy Siskind. He’s one of these famous jazz pianists that have won all kinds of awards. It will be very groovy,” Bernhard said during recent phone interview.

Since I primarily cover music, I wondered what songs fans can expect to hear during her performance.

“I never tell people what I am going to play. There is a lot of setup involved and the music punctuates the show. I cover a lot of styles from rock to blues to Broadway, it’s very eclectic.”

Bernhard began her career in Los Angeles in the 1970’s. At first, she considered a career in music, but fate sent in a different direction.

“When I went to L.A music was my first love and I kind of got sidetracked into comedy because I was funny at the same time. I guess there is a part of me that wishes I had just done music and had a band so I could just write songs. But I get to do both, and on my own terms. The hybrid of the two that I do is unusual, people are always pleasantly surprised I can sing as well as tell my stories.” Bernhard said.

It’s tough not to label legendary even though she has influenced a generation of comedians, male and female, since by all appearances she is nowhere near the twilight of her career.

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