Moving 'Merch:' (T-Shirts and CDs) Sandra Bernhard at Joe's Pub

December 27, 2014 11:42 PM

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"We like to make it intimate here at Joe's Pub," says Sandra Bernhard, illustrating her trademark penchant for frank talk, "You don't need that Broadway Waspy Albee bull--." Arriving onstage in a sequined Suzy Wong number and silver go-go boots, Bernhard sings, "Where am I going?," delighted that she's right here, accompanied by her long time music director Mitch Kaplan on piano, John Badamo on drums, and guitarist Kevin Andreas, for a happy, entertaining blend of snark and sass. She had the opening nighters of a six-day run at Joe's Pub eating her brand--now that she is one-- out of the palm of her hand, and buying "merch" in the Public Theater lobby, as candor gives way to commerce.

Keyed into the Zeitgeist, she's obsessed with the Sunday New York Times Style wedding section, quipping she's just making sure Jews marry Jews. Gay marriage is much more exciting, she kvells with a little political zetz. Don't get her started on the spare offerings at a goyische Thanksgiving, or the...

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