Sandra Bernhard is an actor, entertainer,
and comedian. 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 and
Inside Monkey Zetterland) as well as her television
spots, most notably as Nancy, a lesbian friend of the
title protagonist on Roseanne.
She has developed a cult following with her stand-up
comedy shows that are better described as performance
art. She also gained notoriety as a bisexual with public
intimations of a relationship with Madonna which both
made in the late 1980s.
Within her comedy, often bitterly ripping apart celebrity
culture and political figures, Bernhard performs classic
pop music, jazz and blues tunes.