08/09/01 TWN-Profile: Julie Goldman is stand-up's Warrior Princess
...Julie Goldman: Stand-up's warrior princess
It's a little intimidating to approach Julie Goldman
after leafing through clips of her
performance history.This is a comedian who knows how to unleash her inner Lesbionic Woman, Seeker of Justice or charge on stage as a Warrior Princess, complete with whip and breast plates.Her
repertoire includes a video clip with a public service announcement for world peace that suggests a new holiday called "Sit Down and Shut the Fuck Up Day."Reviewers pepper their praise with words like "raunchy" and "kick-ass."One critic even wrote that she
has "the energy of a bolt of lightning: her
madness might hit you or just scare you."
"I feel that I'm very different off stage than I am on," Goldman
says, shrugging off the ‘Warrior Princess' moniker she
adopted for her
second one-woman show."Though that person on stage is absolutely 100 percent me, it's the me that exists in my head.The things I wish I could say out loud, or the way I wish I could be.The thoughts and feelings are all mine, though when I'm offstage or living my daily life, I'm not as high, high energy or loud, or obnoxious, or daring.Onstage I feel fearless, offstage not so much.
"I'm also quite shy and don't necessarily like a lot of attention drawn towards me, unless I'm onstage, and then of course, who else is there?"
Although it might seem as if Goldman
performs without boundaries – a "no prudes allowed" sign might be fitting outside her
venues – she
does have her
"I would probably never make jokes about cancer or killing kittens for fun," she
says."I saw this fake Web site on the internet called ‘Bonsai Kitten,' and at first I thought it was real, and I just about bought a gun to kill the guy who was running it, and then I found out it was fake, a joke.What's funny about taking the organs out of kittens and putting them in jars?I just don't see it."
There are no limitations when it comes to her
own community though.Goldman's biggest complaint about today's lesbians is that they're too politically correct for their own good.
started writing material and practicing stand-up at the tender age of 14.While attending a Jewish youth group convention, she
got hooked on the comedians who performed.She
approached them for advice, and they suggested she
stop by the Comedy Connection in her
native Boston.After she
went once, she
just kept returning.Her
resume now includes a wide spectrum of performances ranging from improv to film and video work to her
three, one-woman shows: "The Lesbionic Woman ... Seeker of Justice" (1997), "Warrior Princess" (1998), and Julie Goldman Works It Out (1999-2001).In the past, Goldman
has created some colorful alter-egos to share her stage, such as horny ladies' man Vito Danstancampiano and folk-rock performer Indigo Etheridge (singer of "Monogamous Slut").
..."I've always incorporated characters, but in doing stand-up now, I'm mostly just me, with commentary about characters or different people I'm affected by, incorporating their gestures, voices, physical attributes, and then doing one big musical number as a character at the end," says Goldman, who co-founded the New York City sketch comedy group, Scary Little Town, and is a featured member of the monthly series, Scapegoat Productions Presents.
Comedy was her
first love, but music has always had a strong presence as well.Recently, Goldman
hosted the American premiere of "Sing-A-Long Sound of Music" at the Big Apple's famous Ziegfeld Theatre.
"Secretly, though performing and comedy was always in my mind, I really just wanted to be a rock star," she
confesses."I would say they both play important roles in my life.I love them both.I'm a music nut.I love music.But I think comedy in all of its spectrums is a truer outlet for me.But to have the music involved at this point is so wonderful, and I couldn't do things without it now."
may have carved a niche for herself in the comedy scene, but she's
the first to admit that it wasn't easy.Stand-up is a notoriously male-dominated medium that she
likens to a fraternity: "Imagine a lesbian walking into a frat house and being like, ‘Hey guys ... wanna hang?'
"It takes a lot of nicey-nicey to make it happen," says Goldman
, who cites Jennifer Saunders, Tracey Ullman, Robin Williams, and Mel Brooks as career inspirations.
Miami Light Project's ninth annual gay and lesbian comedy series, "Come Out Laughing," concludes with a double bill featuring stand-up artists Georgia Ragsdale and Julie Goldman