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June 26, 1993
Comedian Judy Tenuta will perform at the Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival's Main Stage tonight at 7:30. Other performers for the evening include Thelma Houston, Linda Hopkins, Barbara McNair and Tata Vega. Included on Sunday's bill at the West Hollywood festival is the pop group the Bronski Beat ("Why," "Hit That Perfect Beat"). They perform at 4:30 p.m. Information: (310) 274-7800.
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April 6, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD
* The comedian performs each Monday in April at the Cinegrill in Hollywood. Her film, "Desperation Boulevard," premiered on the Internet at http://www.aentv.com, and plays Friday and Saturday at midnight at the Sunset Laemmle. Early Riser: Saturdays I get a nice manicure and pedicure from some women who like to draw blood. I also try to cook. That's really scary. I made banana pecan pancakes, and I had to give them to homeless people because my boyfriend wouldn't eat them. So I'm a giver.
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September 1, 1994 | GLENN DOGGRELL, Glenn Doggrell writes about comedy for The Times Orange County Edition
Here's a tip for anyone interviewing Judy Tenuta, the self-proclaimed high priestess of camp and happiness. Simply introduce yourself and start taking notes. She'll handle the rest. Seems like she's always bothered or put out by someone or something. And the Love Goddess is eager to share these thoughts, without benefit of euphemisms. A phone call to somewhere in Sherman Oaks on Monday confirmed this. A very basic first question: Specifically where in Sherman Oaks? "Why?
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December 6, 1999 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fans of comedian Judy Tenuta can expect something a little different from her at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Friday night. The self-proclaimed Love Goddess and Aphrodite of the Accordion is bringing a piano player with her for a show that her publicist describes as "cutting-edge cabaret." But don't get the wrong idea. "Yes, I'm going to have Joel Grey popping out and Liza Minnelli," Tenuta said with sarcasm, taken aback by the term "cabaret" being attached to her act.
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February 27, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Judy Tenuta, the self-anointed "Love Goddess," was talking by phone from her hotel room somewhere in Hollywood. Exactly where, she preferred not to say. "Like I don't have enough obsessed fans," she said, breaking into her trademark growl. "That's all I need--Dahmer Jr. coming over for a rib sandwich." The accordion-toting "Petite Flower," who's headlining through Sunday at the Irvine Improv, was in top form last week during an interview that was as freewheeling as her stand-up act.
NEWS
May 6, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly writes about comedy for OC Live!
So, Judy, how's it going visiting the folks back home in Oak Park, Ill.? "I'm just kind of kicking back and enjoying the big fat slabs of beef Ernest Hemingway left here," Judy Tenuta answered by phone last week. Speaking in her trademark Glenda the Good Witch trill--which frequently lapses into a guttural barroom growl--she sounded proud to hail from the same town that spawned not only Hemingway but also architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1991 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Judy Tenuta is a complete comedy autodidact, a self-created figure of such outre, vamping, oversize manner that one has to wonder why she would ever descend to giving an industry showcase in order to display herself. But she did it anyway Tuesday at the Roxy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1987
In his review of the HBO comedy special "Women of the Night" ("HBO 'Women'--Two Land the Laughs," July 11), Lawrence Christon noted certain stylistic resemblances between Roseanne Barr and one of the performers who appeared on the show, Chicago-based comic Judy Tenuta. "It's unusual," Christon wrote, "for one talent to be derivative of another and still succeed on terms that seem its own. If Roseanne Barr had never happened, who knows what approach Judy Tenuta would use?" As an entertainment critic for the Chicago Tribune, I have been familiar with Tenuta's work for almost a decade and can assure you that her current comedic approach is the same one she always has used--while Barr, I believe, was little known outside the Denver, Colo.
NEWS
January 24, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
It's been a year since Judy Tenuta used the Irvine Improv for her own revival meeting, turning the slick club into a temple of Judy-ism . Well, converts (especially men, christened "stud puppets" and "love hogs" by their high priestess) have reason to rejoice. Come Tuesday, Tenuta--or "the petite flower," or "love goddess," as she likes to be called--will be there to lead another service. The Gospel According to Judy will be reprised the next night.
FOOD
November 5, 1987
City Restaurant of Los Angeles and Caroline's comedy nightclub of New York City are sponsoring a dinner and night of comedy to benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. It will be held Nov. 16 from 7:30 p.m. at City Restaurant, 180 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, owners and chefs of the restaurant, will present a six-course dinner. Paul Provenza will host the evening of comedy, joined by fellow comedians Richard Belzer, Judy Tenuta and others.
NEWS
September 1, 1994 | GLENN DOGGRELL, Glenn Doggrell writes about comedy for The Times Orange County Edition
Here's a tip for anyone interviewing Judy Tenuta, the self-proclaimed high priestess of camp and happiness. Simply introduce yourself and start taking notes. She'll handle the rest. Seems like she's always bothered or put out by someone or something. And the Love Goddess is eager to share these thoughts, without benefit of euphemisms. A phone call to somewhere in Sherman Oaks on Monday confirmed this. A very basic first question: Specifically where in Sherman Oaks? "Why?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1993
Comedian Judy Tenuta will perform at the Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival's Main Stage tonight at 7:30. Other performers for the evening include Thelma Houston, Linda Hopkins, Barbara McNair and Tata Vega. Included on Sunday's bill at the West Hollywood festival is the pop group the Bronski Beat ("Why," "Hit That Perfect Beat"). They perform at 4:30 p.m. Information: (310) 274-7800.
NEWS
May 6, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly writes about comedy for OC Live!
So, Judy, how's it going visiting the folks back home in Oak Park, Ill.? "I'm just kind of kicking back and enjoying the big fat slabs of beef Ernest Hemingway left here," Judy Tenuta answered by phone last week. Speaking in her trademark Glenda the Good Witch trill--which frequently lapses into a guttural barroom growl--she sounded proud to hail from the same town that spawned not only Hemingway but also architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
NEWS
February 27, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Judy Tenuta, the self-anointed "Love Goddess," was talking by phone from her hotel room somewhere in Hollywood. Exactly where, she preferred not to say. "Like I don't have enough obsessed fans," she said, breaking into her trademark growl. "That's all I need--Dahmer Jr. coming over for a rib sandwich." The accordion-toting "Petite Flower," who's headlining through Sunday at the Irvine Improv, was in top form last week during an interview that was as freewheeling as her stand-up act.
NEWS
January 31, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly reviews comedy for The Times Orange County Edition.
Digging into recent memory, it wasn't hard to find comics who met and even exceeded expectations during their appearances in Orange County. On the other hand, it didn't take much excavating to come up with big disappointments as well. Starting with the best performances, Judy Tenuta would have to win the award for weirdest. She's crude, wild and surprising.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Converts to Judy-ism are expected to follow strict cult guidelines: Judy Tenuta, the "petite flower" of their universe, must be raised above all others, come hell or low humor. Men especially must find joy in being faceless among her minions of "stud puppets." They must be prepared to accept abuse; in fact, they should welcome it. An adoring smile works better than an adoring whimper when pleasing Judy, but a whimper will do.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some comics are soft-spoken, serious and even a bit shy offstage. But when Judy Tenuta steps out of the spotlight, she brings her persona with her. At least that was the case during a telephone interview last week from Tempe, Ariz., as Tenuta set off on a rambling discourse in a voice that ranged from trilling falsetto to gravelly bark. In movie terms, try Glinda, the good witch in "The Wizard of Oz," and Linda Blair in the latter stages of possession in "The Exorcist."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1991
I was very disturbed to read the attribution mistakenly given to me and the Health Insurance Assn. of America (HIAA) by Irene Wielawski in her article "Garamendi Plans Overhaul of Insurance Department" (Jan. 18). I never said nor implied that either I or HIAA was "less than pleased" with Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi's comments. In fact what I said was just the opposite--that we were looking forward to working with the commissioner and his staff.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1991 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Judy Tenuta is a complete comedy autodidact, a self-created figure of such outre, vamping, oversize manner that one has to wonder why she would ever descend to giving an industry showcase in order to display herself. But she did it anyway Tuesday at the Roxy.
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