Sandra Bernhard Opens Up About Pose ’ Madonna and Jerry Lewis’ Sexism

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Discovered at 22 by Richard Pryor, the trailblazing comedy legend and gay icon gets real ahead of the L.A. debut of her new show, ‘Sandra Bernhard: Madness & Mayhem.’

Hi, Sandra. You’re a gay icon.
A gay-con. Good.
What can we expect from the new show?
I did it [two years ago] at Joe’s Pub [in New York City]. I never really got to do it anywhere because the pandemic hit. So some of those pieces are still there. But I have so much [new] material now. I mean, it’s close to two hours, which is a long time to be onstage. But it moves so quickly with the songs, that it all works together really well. And I’ll have my band with me in L.A. It’s experiential, I think.
Do you sing “Little Red Corvette?” I love your Prince covers.
Yes.
I’m excited. Let’s talk about some other stuff you have going on.
Pose
What do you want to know about it?
How did you get that part?
I actually ran into [
Pose
co-creator and co-executive producer] Steven Canals and Our Lady J, coming off a flight from L.A. to New York. And Judith Light, who I know and I’m friends with, had been kind of talking with them, and she introduced us on the escalator at American Airlines.

If you’ve been to New York, the escalators go down at JFK, and then you walk across, then you go back up another set of escalators. By the time we got to baggage claim, I said to them, I said, “I’d love to do something on the show. If there’s any roles or characters that seem appropriate, keep me in mind.”
And so, simultaneously, they had just written Nurse Judy onto the show in the first season. And when they went back to tell Ryan Murphy about it, he said, “Yes, done. Cast her.” I heard back from them within two weeks.
That’s the first positive airport story I’ve heard in a while.
It was really fortuitous. So I always look at Judith Light as sort of my guardian angel because she’s so sweet, and she’s so generous and cool. So I always like to give a shout-out to Judy Light.
Were you at that premiere party, where Janet Mock gave her now-legendary “Fuck Hollywood”

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