Pure (Judy) Gold coming to the historic Milford Theatre Milford. Nothing's off limits when two-time Emmy Award winner Judy Gold brings her raucous comedy show, 'Conduct Unbecoming,' to Milford on Saturday, June 1.
Judy Gold (Photo by Justine Ungaro)
By Pamela Chergotis Judy Gold is coming back to Milford. The last time she was here, she was doing time at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah, which she describes as a "Jewish Jewish Jewish Jewish" summer sleep-away camp. She didn't really care to discuss it. "I was in a bunk with all these girls," she said. "I'm not one to assimilate into a group. "I hated it. I just block out this stuff." It didn't help that the famously statuesque Gold was already six feet tall when she arrived at camp as a 12-year-old. Upon returning to her bunk one day, she found that someone had written on it, "Bigfoot slept here." Everyone's a comedian. So is Gold, of course. She has shared stage and screen with the greats, including Stephen Colbert, Louie CK, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, and Rosie O’Donnell, among many others. Her podcast, "Kill Me Now," ranges over a wide territory, from LGBT life, to being Jewish, to celebrity gossip, to being a mom and having a mom (rest in peace, Ruth, her greatest muse). And now she will be riffing upon some of her favorite themes in a performance coming to the Milford Theatre on June 1. She's coming because her manager, Jamie Harris, and his husband, Mark Isom, have a weekend home in Milford. Isom is bringing top-notch entertainment to the historic theater, starting with Lorna Luft's performance late last year. Seeing the world through comedy So, what does Judy Gold have in store us? "I never know what's going to come out," she said. Trigger warnings and safe spaces are triggering her right now. For example, if she does a joke about a car, she says, there will always be that one person in the audience who gets upset because they know somebody who was in a car accident or something. "It's so annoying to me," she said. "They get so angry. It's ridiculous." She's writing a book about the freedom of speech, in which she'll be getting a lot of this stuff off her chest. "Comics are always being vilified for telling the truth, just for making people laugh," she said. "We are really social commentators. You see the world through their eyes." She taught her two sons, who are now young adults, that there are cruel people in the world. She told them to be wise, and to use humor to work through it. "I've always exposed them to comedy," she said. "I want them to know what funny is. They have a great sense of humor and a great sense of irony. But they'd better not pick on anybody or bully anybody." Especially if they are unusually tall. Social media is another bugbear. She says it gives everybody with an opinion, no matter how stupid, a platform. She also takes exception to people with "food issues," like not eating gluten. She loves gluten. "I can't take it anymore," she said. And then there's Trump, and the state of the country today. Her disquisitions on the 45th president are like molten lava, if lava could swear a blue streak. "He's like a carnival barker," she said. "He appeals to people's worst fears. He's a liar, he's dumb, and he cheats people." And that's about all we can print here. You know what Gold really likes? Local news — which is very gratifying to us all at the Courier. "They're the ones that uncover everything," she said. "That's where everything comes from." Gold seems to have forgiven Milford for Camp Nah-Jee-Wah. She's looking forward to coming here and making us all laugh, and helping to raise money for a good cause — the TriVersity Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity. "It's such a cute town," she said. "Everybody's so irritated right now. Let's all get together and laugh."