STORY WRITTEN BY TARA LYNN JOHNSON
For 21st Century Media
It’s not agony for Judy Gold to visit New Hope, a town she loves coming to and performing in. She has been there “a thousand times,” even back when Odette’s was open and before the club in the Ramada was The Rrazz Room supper club.
“The community is amazing down there,” she said on a phone call from New York City. “The arts, the hippiness, the food. Lambertville and New Hope are such great little towns. I’m such a fan of that area. It’s a lot of fun, too — the audiences are great.”
Gold returns to the region at The Rrazz Room on Dec. 13. Her show’s called “If You Only Knew the Agony.”
The title refers to a quote from the comedian’s mother, who ends up providing much of her material. Gold performed in “The Vagina Monologues” years ago and her mother came to see her.
“She came to a Sunday matinee that started at 3,” Gold said, “so, of course, she got there at 11 or 11:30.”
The usher walked Gold’s mother to her seat and gave her the Playbill for the show. Her mother looked at the usher and said those six words: “If you only knew the agony.”
“When I think back, that pretty much sums up my life and her life,” Gold said.
Gold’s mother ends up providing the comedian with a lot of material.
“She’s 92 and I told her, ‘You realize when you go, I have no career,’” Gold said. She has saved recorded phone messages, though, so she could use those.
Gold has been working as a comedian for years now. She was nominated for the 2012 Outer Critics Circle Award for her one-woman “The Judy Show,” as well as a 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for her previous show, “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.” She has guest-starred on many TV shows, including “2 Broke Girls,” “Melissa & Joey,” and “The Big C.” Gold has done other TV work, off-Broadway shows, and stand-up comedy specials. She won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”
Now, among other things, Gold spends a lot of time writing material for her act. Besides her mother, her sons (ages 13 and 18) make her laugh and she talks about them on stage a bit. Humor can be their “get out of trouble” card, she said.
“I told them ‘you can say anything to me and you won’t get in trouble if it’s funny,” she said. “Funny trumps everything in our house.”
Gold thinks it’s important to explore with humor. She wants her kids to test boundaries, to say things and not be afraid, she said.
Being funny might be genetic. Recently, Gold was out with one her boys and she called and complained to her mother that he’s hyper. Then, the flashback: “Judith, you’re so hyper,” her mom would say.
Maybe in a few years, it’ll be her sons taking the Rrazz Room stage. For now, she’ll be the working funny person in the family. And she hopes that people will come to see her in New Hope. Her goal’s to make them smile.
“I want people to laugh,” she said. “I want them to forget what’s going on in the world and have a good time.”
And that’s no joke.
IF YOU GO
What: Judy Gold’s “If You Only Knew the Agony”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Where: The Rrazz Room, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA
Tickets: $30; limited VIP tix $40.
Info.: Call (888) 596-1027 or visit www.therrazzroom.com