Comedian Sandra Bernhard to headline first-ever Breck Pride Week
The inaugural Breck Pride Week begins this Wednesday and features a five-day lineup of free and pay-to-play events with stand-up comedian Sandra Bernhard headlining what might be the biggest shindig of the whole week.
Ranked No. 97 on Comedy Central’s list of the top 100 stand-up comics of all time, Bernhard is ranked above big-name acts like Louis C.K., Janeane Garofalo and Gallagher. She joked Wednesday over the phone that she thinks the ranking might be a little low, but nevertheless, she will take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Center for what is sure to be a hot ticket.
Once labeled the “sexual terrorist of American comedy,” Bernhard, now 61, has refined her act, ditched that mantle and is now introducing audiences to “the new Sandy” as she embarks on her latest tour: “Sandra Monica Boulevard: Coast to Coast.”
It’s billed as a “journey to find the soul of America,” found on the back roads and byways, while she weaves in “the soundtrack you might hear on an AM radio station you pick up from Oklahoma.”
The performance is set up as a hybrid of sorts, mixing stand-up comedy and rock ‘n’ roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret.
“I think you evolved as a person,” Bernhard said as she discussed the upcoming performance and how it could differ from her stand-up routines in the past. “It’s fun. It’s like you keep changing, and you keep evolving.”
First gaining recognition in the 1970s for her biting, profanity-laced comedy, which often delves into politics, Bernhard has had a long, storied career.
She’s an accomplished comedian, actress, writer and model, even gracing the cover of Playboy in September 1992. Her latest endeavor, she said, is one that’s pulled from experience.
“It’s sort of a road trip through where I’m at in my life and places I’ve been and people I’ve talked to, and all wrapped around music,” Bernard said. “It’s a fun ride, it goes on an emotional trip, and it covers a lot of territory.”
However, anyone who expects the longtime comedian, who’s served as an activist in many ways for the LGBT community and for women in general, to skewer the 45th president could be somewhat disappointed.
While politics will always remain in Bernhard’s wheelhouse, she said she doesn’t plan to take on Trump directly by name in this show.
Tickets for the one-night-only engagement are $35 to $55 and available now at the Riverwalk Center ticket office, by phone at 970-547-3100 or online at BreckCreate.org.
In addition to Bernhard taking the stage, other big draws of the week could come with the Pride Festival on Friday, a beer pairing at 9,600 feet and Saturday’s colored costume run.
Many events are free, and Pride Week is open to everyone — not just members of the LGBT community. For more info or to register, go to BreckPride.com.
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