Interview: Judy Gold

By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 19, 2008

Did you wrestle with making your sexual orientation so central to your act?
I was never going to be a performer who likes to not talk about being gay. But I thought it was boring, I didn't really have anything funny to say, and I didn't want to pigeonhole myself as a gay comic. But having kids was huge. I don't want my kids to think — ever — that there's anything wrong or different about their family. The only way I can do that is act like this is normal. And I feel that way. I am not ashamed of it, and they should be proud of their parents as well. And now I'm in a great relationship, too.

How is doing comedy in a theater different from a club?
First of all, it's different because they come as an attentive audience. In a club, you have to fight to get their attention and fight to keep their attention. Good stand-up translates incredibly well into a theater. I'm not fighting against people listening to bartenders and waitresses and blenders. I am speaking to an audience who can read and think.

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