There’s a hashtag in the title of Sandra Bernhard’s new show — which she’ll perform Saturday in Olympia — but she definitely has a love-hate relationship with technology.
“I am a major Twitter-er,” she jokes on her 2011 album, “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” “I hate it when I travel because I don’t have the iPhone, so I can’t just Twitter as I’m walking down the street, walking in front of buses and trucks and ignoring you.
“It’s like I bump into you, and even though I’m communicating with you, I really have no interest in seeing you. Get … out of my way. I’m twittering all of my fans!”
That kind of observation about life, delivered in Bernhard’s distinctive acerbic tone, is just the kind of thing South Sound audiences can expect from “Sandra Bernhard Is #Blessed.”
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“It’s like a travelogue through my life,” she said in a recent phone interview. “My shows cover everything that I find interesting from fashion to travel to the world at large, from obscurities and the fun little things that you see on the side of the road to being a mother of a 16-year-old to my relationship with my girlfriend — and lightly touching on politics.”
Lightly? Bernhard has long been known for her bitter wit and her willingness to speak bluntly about anything and everything that’s on her mind. As her friend Roseanne Barr put it in an Interview magazine article, “Whatever success Bernhard has achieved is largely the result of her willingness to take on lofty targets and make bold creative moves.”
That boldness even extended to her best-known mainstream work. Her best-known movie role — in 1983’s “The King of Comedy” — was as a groupie-turned-stalker.
And she entered the national spotlight in the 1990s with her work on Barr’s hit sitcom “Roseanne,” on which she played Nancy, one of the first lesbian characters to appear regularly on network television. She still is doing TV and has a recurring role on CBS’s “Two Broke Girls.”
“It’s great exposure, and it’s nice to do work where you’re not constantly having to write,” she said. “It’s a little bit of a break.”
But could she really be taking a break from boldness?
“My work has more whimsy to it,” she said. “I don’t like getting super-duper political.”
And the word she used more than any other during her interview was “fun.”
That said, though, there’s no telling exactly what she’ll say on Saturday night. The show is fully prepared, but Bernhard said she sometimes deviates from the plan, depending on the audience and on what’s happening in her life.
Olympia audiences are generally happy to swim outside the mainstream. And reviews of “#Blessed” suggest it’s doesn’t stray that far from the bold, brashness audiences have come to expect.
“Like an eccentric dumping out her purse, Bernhard proceeds to unpack her fabulous grab bag of a mind and spreads it all out on the stage for our perusal,” Remy Block wrote in a December 2014 review for Broadway World. “She explores family, popular culture, the media, the entertainment business and politics, slipping comfortably from sarcastic to heartfelt to bitter to proud to sad to outraged to outrageous.”
And don’t forget the music. The performer promised plenty of that. She’ll be accompanied by pianist Mitch Kaplan, her musical director.
“It’s all interwoven with music,” she said. “We’ll cover a lot of rock-and-roll songs and some original tunes that we co-wrote. Musically, it’s fun.”
There’s that word again.