March 14-16th to UP COMEDY CLUB!
Emmy Award- winning actress and comedian Judy Gold is best known as the
star of the critically acclaimed long-running Off Broadway hit show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, for
which she was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award.
Judy’s most recent show, The Judy Show – My Life As A Sitcom ran from June 2011 – January 2012 in New York and will be part of 2013 season at The Geffen Theatre in L.A. The NY Times made it a critic’s pick and called it, “Highly entertaining! Brash, Buoyant & Infectiously nostalgic.“ The Huffington Post said the show is, “Comedic Gold. A funny & fantastic ride! It’s the ultimate laughter-through-the tears tale.”
Gold won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing “The Rosie O’Donnell
Show”. She was nominated twice for The American Comedy Award’s funniest
female stand-up. She has also appeared on Ugly Betty, The Glades, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Hollywood Squares, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Conan O’Brien Show, to name a few. This funny lady HAS DONE SO MUCH!
Gold lives in New York City, with her two children.
When asked, when did you first know you were gay? Judy said, “I knew that there was something different about me at a very young age; at 5 or 6 I realized I’m not like them. I realized I was gay in adolescence, when most people become sexual beings, and I didn’t have crushes on boys.
My father asked me if I was dating anyone, if I had a boyfriend or if I had a girlfriend. I denied everything. Then he said, “Some parents have children who are gay or bisexual and they still love them.” The saddest part was I never told him, “Yes, I’m gay.” I wasn’t ready for it. I was so young. I was scared. I think deep down I was comforted by the fact that I knew that he knew, but it would have been nice to be able to talk about it. I know now, being out is the most important thing a gay person can do.
I had sinus surgery and she was taking care of me. A few friends came over to visit and said they wished I had married their friend and kept (my then partner) on the side. I just changed the subject. When my mother came in she said, “I knew it!” Then, the first thing out of her mouth was, “why did you lie to your father?” I said I wasn’t ready to tell. I wasn’t comfortable. Even at that time, 20 years ago, it was a completely different landscape; it was still very difficult to come out.”
When asked, do you think its important, for celebrities who are out there and prominent to be OUT?
“Jodie Foster recently came out – what did she have to lose? I think when people put their life on the line, and stand to lose it all, those are the true heroes. “
The Up Comedy club is a beautiful space located on the 3rd floor of 230 W. North Ave.
They have a great food menu if you want a snack and the prices won’t kill you!
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