Though she’s usually in a New York state of mind, Sandra Bernhard is taking a holiday from her neighborhood to appear at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre this weekend. She’s also joining in the San Francisco Pride festivities with a number of other appearances around town.
The outspoken comedian is a fairly regular Bay Area visitor. She appeared at the Castro Theatre last fall for an evening of her unique perspectives. That comedy concert was recorded and is now available on her CD, “I Like Being Me, Don’t You?”
The CD is classic Bernhard, with slings and arrows for anything that outrages her, including supermodel Iman and pointed digs at other venues in The City.
“Is that on there?” she responds when asked about some potentially bridge-burning comments. “If I talked about it onstage I must have been in ‘the zone.’ Once I talk about stuff like that, I forget that I even did it to begin with.”
There’s little that Bernhard won’t talk about and she trusts in the intelligence of her audience.
“Ninety-nine percent of the people who come to see me ‘get it,’” she says of the content and context of her act. “If somebody’s offended, then they’re offended.”
“There’s so many different layers and responses and sometimes you’re surprised by the responses,” she continues. “It’s really is all over the map. Intelligence and clear and insightful thinking are one thing, and stupidity and cheapness and idiocy are something else.”
With a nod to the possibly retro concept of recording a comedy album a la Mort Sahl or Bob Newhart, Bernhard admits making this one was pretty easy on her. “The producers of that show happened to set up a professional recording that night and I felt very dead-on and it was a great, very spontaneous performance.“
Bookending her shows will be a busy weekend. “My manager put it all together,” she says. “I have an innate connection to San Francisco by dint of having performed there most of my career. They kind of wanted me to be the face of Gay Pride that weekend so I’m kind of bouncing around from event to event.”
Among other potential Sandra sightings are the main stage of the Sunday Pride celebration in the afternoon, and a VIP Kick-off Party hosted by PG&E and Mark Rhoads at the Bently Reserve on Thursday.
IF YOU GO
Where: Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco
When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Tickets: $45 to $75
Contact: (415) 771-6900, www.marinesmemorialtheatre.com
Note: Bernhard will appear at 6 p.m. Thursday at a cocktail party benefiting the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute at the Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., S.F. For information, visit www.glli.org/about_us/events/id:104.