It’s Sandra Bernhard’s world.
Yup, and if you doubt it, check out her new show, “Sandyland,” which the actress, comedian and singer is bringing to Boca Raton’s Jazziz Nightlife for two shows on Tuesday, Aug. 12 and Wednesday, Aug. 13.
“It’s a very personal show,” Bernhard explains during a telephone interview. “It’s a lot about my life, about my travels, about where I’ve been, and sometimes it captures the last past few days. It’s like a watercolor. It’s a lot of different tones and levels of color in my performances. It’s just a postmodern, one-woman musical revue. It’s really kind of hard to put your finger on what I do, because it really is an amalgam of so many things stylistically. It’s entertainment, but done in a whole new way.”
The star of Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” on the big screen and “Roseanne” on the little screen has in the past described her stage act as a raucous mix of cabaret, musical theater, rock and burlesque, with dollops of political satire and pop-culture commentary thrown in for good measure. The jazz-like, improvisational feel of her shows that critics have praised is where the acting comes in.
“Obviously, all my shows are heavily scripted,” says Bernhard, who just shot an episode of “You’re the Worst” on the FX Network. “You just can’t flounder up there. But I always try to bring a unique performance to it in terms of my acting and emotions. I experiment with a lot of different styles, so I really try to keep it fresh every night.”
Here’s a quick Q and A with Bernhard:
Are you adjusting “Sandyland” for each city on this summer tour?
"Sure, yeah. You walk into a place and you suss it out. You get the vibe of the venue and the vibe of the area. And then, you walk out and get an immediate connection to what and who the audience is. You’re really taking the temperature and then adjust it to that. But I think my audience, wherever they are, get the nuance and want the subtleties."
I feel with you it’s not as much standup comedian as standup philosopher, right?
"I think there are just performers and artists who transcend the times and also are the sort of the interpreters of the time we are living in. It’s a craft, and it’s sort of a built-in, you know, radar that people … like myself have, where we assess the times and report back from the front lines to the people back home."
You’ve done a lot of off-Broadway with your one-woman shows. Ever want to do a cast show on Broadway?
"I’ve been asked to do a couple of things. And right now, my daughter is going into her junior year of high school, and for the next few years, I don’t want to be tied down to any one situation to that extent. Because when you sign up for a Broadway show, you are gone all the time. It’s eight shows a week, and it starts to become a little bit mind-numbing. My goal right now is to really get back on a scripted show on television.”
IF YOU GO:
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and Aug. 13
Where: Jazziz Nightlife, 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park), Boca Raton
Cost: $60 general admission, $100 premium and $150 VIP