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Sandra Bernhard Hates Reality TV Stars

September 24th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


Sandra Bernhard got famous the hard way, starting out performing stand-up at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood in the 1970s. Her first big break came when she was hired as a cast member on the The Richard Pryor Show in 1977, but that folded after four episodes. She didn’t become well known until Martin Scorsese cast her in the memorable role of Masha, an unstable nutcase who’s in love with Jerry Lewis, in his dark satire The King of Comedy (pic above) in 1983.

The quirky comedienne/actress, who recently toured with a 20th anniversary revival of her one woman show Without You I’m Nothing, says she doesn’t approve of the “celebrities” who are being spawned by reality television.

According to WENN, the now 54 year old Bernhard, stated,

I am completely against reality television. It’s not about hate, it’s just the idea that people like me and so many people… hone their craft. I think you’re born with the DNA of wanting to be a performer. This is something I always wanted to do. I struck out when I was 18 years old. I started doing stand-up (comedy), I started singing. But I did it on my own. I don’t believe that people who come from day-to-day life should be taking airtime from people who’ve worked so hard. It’s important for the public to understand the difference between artists and people who create, and people who just step in.”

Posted below is a clip from the 1990 film version of Bernhard’s one woman show. It proves that she really is a true artist. Besides, it’s not like Apprentice/Surreal Life alum Omarosa could pull off a song like “Do you wanna funk?” with such a nasally high-pitched squeal. And that’s an indisputable reality.

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