When Sandra Berhard rolled into San Francisco this spring, the Chronicle framed her prodigious talents as follows:
The last time Sandra Bernhard performed in San Francisco, she had laryngitis. Barely able to speak, Bernhard defiantly took the stage at Bimbo’s and managed to rework her performance into one of those legendary, had-to-be-there moments. Somehow, laryngitis made the show grittier, funnier and more real.
One never knows what might happen when seeing Sandra Bernhard live.
Or what might happen when listening to Bernhard live. Starting next week, the comedienne, chanteuse and all-around original will be part of Andy Cohen’s new SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy. Sure, he’s the big name on the non-terrestrial marquee, but there’s no doubt Bernhard will most provocatively and capably bring up the rear with Sandyland (noon to 1 p.m., weekdays).
Cohen will host a quartet of programs, including the weekly Monday call-in program Andy Cohen Live. His first guest Sept. 14 will be Carol Burnett.
Interestingly enough, when Bernhard was doing interviews last month with Wicked Local and other outlets in connection with her participation as grand marshal in the annual Providence Carnival parade, she tracked back to the Burnett era for her own major influences:
““I was influenced early on by the great entertainers, Barbra Streisand, all the people who performed in Vegas — Sonny and Cher, Carol Burnett. That’s what I grew up on and there was always a music component. Some were better singers than others but without music it wasn’t a complete show. Music is my first love so it’s natural for me to incorporate it even though I went in a more comedic direction.”
In the SiriusXM release, Bernhard says that Cohen is “an old friend, he gets me.” We’re not old friends, but we like to think we also get Bernhard, and can’t wait for her SiriusXM arrival. Also hosting programs for Radio Andy: Lance Bass and Bevy Smith.