Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard is an American comedian
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, singer, actress and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy
Stand-up comedy
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 in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture
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 and political figures. Bernhard is number 97 on Comedy Central
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's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
Bernhard has often addressed her childhood in interviews and within the context of her stand-up comedy. She was born in Flint, Michigan
Flint, Michigan
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, the daughter of Jeanette and Jerome Bernhard.

My father was a proctologist; my mother was an abstract artist. That's how I view the world.

(From her one-woman show "Without You I'm Nothing")