Sandra Bernhard is a genius. Her take on culture, politics and media is unique and must be heard whenever she's sharing. Lucky for us all, she's performing in New York Off-Broadway in Everything Bad & Beautiful. I caught her in LA, and let me report that her mix of music and musings about everything from Laura Bush to Mariah is spot-on and full of passion and humor. As I waited to take off from LA yesterday, she called my cell for a quickie pre-Passover check-in. Sandra is GIVING IT at the Daryl Roth Theater!!!
HEY SANDRA! HAPPY PESACH! WHAT DOES PASSOVER MEAN TO YOU?
Passover is a major cleansing externally and internally, an opportunity to get rid of all your ego-based things and start fresh. Normally I go to the Kaballah center for seder but this year I'm going where Cecily goes to Chabad, Hebrew School, and the second night I'll do at home. I have the two nights off.
WERE YOU RAISED IN A RELIGIOUS HOUSEHOLD?
We were conservative. We definitely did a lot of family stuff and I was bat mitzvah'd. I love traditions and have managed to evolve spiritually. It's a spiritual thing for me.
(AN ANNOUNCMENT COMES OVER THE PA ON THE AIRPLANE)
Sweetie, where are you? On a plane? Oh honey, I am gonna let you listen to that pre-takeoff announcement for a minute. Let's take a pause -- this is important stuff and I don't want you to miss anything.
OK IT'S OVER, THANKS. WHERE WAS YOUR BAT MITZVAH PARTY?
At the pizza place where all bat mitzvah parties were!
I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE 50, BY THE WAY. YOU ARE SO HOT, HOW DO YOU DO IT?
I grew up painfully thin -- I have a skinny body structure. I take care of myself, eat right, work out and walk a lot. The great thing about living in NYC is walking a lot. As always, it's internal: If you're happy doing what you love it reflects on how you look. Plus my family looks young -- we have good genes and that helps!
WHERE DO YOU STAND ON PLASTIC SURGERY?
I don't have a major problem with it. I haven't had any yet. Smart people do it subtly. I do think it's sad when people transform themselves and lose who they are. I'd hate to lose faith in myself and become "beautiful" in that accepted American way. I might have a nip-and-tuck, I just don't want to depend on it for my happiness.