Critically acclaimed comedian Judy Gold — host of Nick’s new comedy show, “NickMom Night Out,” and star of two long-running Off Broadway hit shows — is coming to Delaware next week for a special “Up Close and Personal” performance at the Siegel JCC in Wilmington. You may know Judy from the hit off-Broadway show Love Loss and What I Wore, and she has starred on 30 Rock, The Big C, The View, Current TV’s Say Anything with Joy Behar, The Wendy Williams Show, The Next Food Network Star and more. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to do a Q & A with someone as funny as Judy.
Town Square Delaware: You’ve proven you have some serious staying power in the business. Stand-up, a one-woman shows, radio, television and the stage, not to mention a couple of Emmys. What’s your secret?
Judy Gold: It’s all about the work and about integrity. When you’re in this business, you have to continually re-invent yourself, and you have to work hard. Very hard. You are constantly being judged and criticized and told ‘no.’ You have to move on, and in the words of Nike – just do it. Believe in yourself and never give up. The other factor is that I have no other job skills!
TSD: Your childhood has been fodder for much of your humor – and we all know sometimes we have to laugh to keep from crying. Has comedy been your way of dealing with the challenges of growing up and now, as a parent?
JG: Comedy has been my way of dealing with everything in my life from the most mundane to the most challenging. It is how I think and how I relate to people. Nothing is sacred. It’s just the way my brain works.
TSD: When did you first discover that your humor was a hit with an audience?
JG: Someone dared me to do stand-up when I was in college. I took the dare, and I was hooked after the first laugh. I got this feeling that I had never had before. Nothing else that I had done before gave me the as much fulfillment as performing stand-up comedy and having an audience laugh.
TSD: You’ve leveraged your celebrity to be a strong voice for LGBT on a national stage. What do you want to see the next four years of President Obama’s administration bring?
JG: Oh boy. Marriage Equality. We deserve the same federal benefits heterosexual marriages are afforded. Full equality for LGBT armed service members. Full equality for all LGBT families. This is a civil right we are talking about. I would actually love more than anything for there to be a true separation of Church and State. Oh, and Hillary to be our next president.
TSD: Your show, Up Close and Personal, offers the audience a talk-back after your stand-up performance. Is this something you frequently do and enjoy? And what questions do you least want to hear?
JG: I really don’t mind doing it. I don’t do it often, but it is usually a good time. I really don’t like negative questions or comments about other performers.
TSD: Lance Armstrong? Kim Kardashian? Your mother? Christine O’Donnell? Pick one!
JG: How many more times does a reporter have to come out with a story about how Lance Armstrong lied – no, he really lied – and he lied to Oprah. He’s a LIAR! Okay? And man does he have ball.
Tickets to the February 6 show are still available. Call the Siegel JCC at (302) 478-5660.