Comedian, actress. Born June 6, 1955, in Flint, Michigan. Raised in Arizona, Bernhard began to receive attention in the late 1970s for her brash, in-your-face stand-up comedy routines. Her ferocious attacks against political and celebrity figures have become something of a calling card, and she has amassed a loyal following thanks to successful shows and subsequent albums, including Excuses for Bad Behaviour, I’m Still Here … Damnit and Hero Worship. These shows often include musical numbers and performances by guest musicians.
Bernhard has appeared in numerous films throughout her career, including The King of Comedy, Hudson Hawk and Dinner Rush. She also makes frequent television guest appearances, most notably on Roseanne and Will & Grace. In 2001, Bernhard briefly hosted her own talk show, The Sandra Bernhard Experience, for A&E television.
Bernhard has written several books, including Confessions of a Pretty Lady and Love, Love and Love. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, among others.