The brassy and outspoken performance artist first gained attention in the
late 1970s with her stand-up comedy. She has since become a household name from
her appearances in various films (including The King of Comedy, Hudson Hawk, The
Apocalypse, Follow That Bird, and Inside Monkey Zetterland) as well as her
television spots, most notably as Nancy, a lesbian friend of the title
protagonist on Roseanne. She also guest-starred as herself on two episodes of
Will & Grace and appeared in several episodes of The L Word as a literary
Sandra Bernhard has developed a cult following with her stand-up comedy shows that are better described as performance art. She also gained notoriety as a lesbian with public intimations of a relationship with Madonna, which both made in the late 1980s.
Within Sandra Bernhard's comedy, often bitterly ripping apart celebrity culture and political figures, Bernhard performs classic pop music, jazz, and blues tunes.
She has released several albums (combinations of music and comedy) including:
She is also an accomplished writer with the books:
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