Sandra Bernhard is known for being a racy, confrontational, and in-your-face stand-up comedian. At just 19 years old, Bernhard moved to Los Angeles to pursue this comedy career. Her attitude and presence on stage got her noticed along with fellow comedians Robin Williams and Marsha Warfield for “The Richard Pryor Show”, a musical variety show. After just a few episodes, the show cancelled and Bernhard went on to act in her first feature film, Cheech and Chong’s “Nice Dreams”. Then, she got the attention of Martin Scorsese for his film “The King of Comedy” with Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. After playing a number of smaller roles in TV and films, she was cast in the hit sitcom “Roseanne” and became one of the first actresses to portray an openly lesbian character on American TV. She also appeared in other popular shows including “Will & Grace”, “Ally McBeal”, and “The L Word”. Now, Bernhard continues to guest star in several TV shows including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “2 Broke Girls”, “Difficult People”, and “You’re the Worst”.
While working in comedy, Bernhard, and all comedians, are constantly surrounded by alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana, but she rarely, and mostly never, consumes them. Bernhard doesn’t even like being around them, “I've never inhaled a cigarette. I am sensitive to smoke – just being around it gives me a cold. Drugs have never been in my realm. I have an occasional drink, but it's rare. I don't have a connection with any of the vices. I am lucky – I get out my crazy side on stage, naturally.” Even though she doesn’t consume cannabis, she does support it,“I think that it is important that [cannabis] is legal. I think kids shouldn’t be arrested or thrown in jail for it. I don’t use drugs at all, including cannabis. If you are a casual drinker or a casual smoker, that’s fine.”