Emmy Award-winning multi-hyphenate Judy Gold appears regularly on The Steve Harvey Show and will next appear in the upcoming Woody Allen Amazon Series Crisis In Six Scenes, the new TBS Series, Search Party, and the Showtime series premiering this spring, I’m Dying Up Here. Gold is the host of the podcast, Kill Me Now, on cbs.it and iTunes. On Saturday, September 17, Gold will take her hilarious shtick to Washington state.
Gold worked the Mercer Island scene years ago and said she looked forward to returning.
“I appeared on Mercer Island years ago,” she told The Seattle Lesbian. “I remember the audience being amazing and it being absolutely beautiful. I love the Pacific Northwest. In fact, my one person show, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, which ran Off-Broadway for 18 months, premiered in Seattle.”
One item never in question: the coffee. Her favorite spot at Pike Place Market was simple: “The original Starbucks,” she said. “I remember visiting there in 1988. I loved the beans, and would have them sent to New York City. Who knew?”
Speaking of Pike Place Market, what would she sell if she became a vendor? “Jokes,” she quipped. Of course she would.
New York City brought with it a certain prestige – and a good friend. Gold worked on The Rosie O’Donnell Show during the comedienne’s rise to fame on the small screen.
“I love Rosie, and I love working with Rosie,” Gold said. “She’s been a mentor and a fan, and the Rosie days were a lot of fun.”
Writing for The Rosie O’Donnell Show was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gold.
Would a formula such as The Rosie O’Donnell Show work in today’s market?
“In my opinion, people are sick of bullshit,” Gold said. “I think there is nothing real in reality shows. The shows that are succeeding are the ones with real, interesting and complex characters. The major networks no longer control what gets made and what we watch – which is why TV is so incredibly good these days.”
With marriage equality becoming federally recognized, times are changing – and so is Gold’s comedy writing.
“Comedy writing changes as the world changes, and as we as people evolve and change,” she said. “What was once considered shocking 20 years ago is now blasé.”
Switching gears, Gold is back on the stage and behind the mic with her Stroum Jewish Community Center show on Saturday, September 17. She’ll take all the praise – and all the heat – being in front of the audience once again.
“Writing stand-up is about writing jokes and bits in my voice, with my point of view,” she explained. “Stand-up is a live genre, without boundaries or a fourth wall. There are numerous parameters when writing for TV – producers’ and network execs’ input as well as pleasing sponsors – not to mention the bottom line – money.”
When asked if she feels more comfortable writing bits for herself or others, the answer was simple: “Myself – 100%. I love performing.”
Gold promises “a little peeing in their pants” for audience members at her Mercer Island stop – so be forewarned. And, she says, she’ll go anywhere – anywhere – 10-foot poles not allowed.
Tickets for Gold’s Saturday, September 17 comedy show at Stroum Jewish Community Center are on sale now here. Tickets range from $30-35. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with Happy Hour at 7 p.m.