03:15 PM, May 08, 2013
Where: The Comedy Club, 2235 Empire Blvd., Webster.
When: Thursday through Saturday.
Tickets: $12 to $20.
More info: thecomedyclub.us.
Judy Gold can’t remember if she’s ever been to Rochester.
Give her a break, though the two-time Daytime Emmy-award winning comedian who’s appeared in film, TV and theater productions is usually a bundle of misery when she’s on the road.
“I hate traveling,” she said recently during a call from her apartment in New York City. “I hate my suitcase, I hate packing and I hate airports.”
Fortunately, Gold is driving, not flying, from New York to perform a three-day stint at The Comedy Club in Webster Thursday through Saturday.
Her three redeeming reasons for travel are as follows: She needs a break from her kids (two boys ages 11 and 16), she doesn’t fit in the bathtub at home (hotel tubs are much more accommodating), and she’s addicted to the feeling she gets after performing onstage.
“Doing stand-up is like doing cocaine,” said Gold. “You’re always chasing that first high.”
Her “first high” happened when she was a music major at Rutgers University, and someone slipped an anonymous note under her door daring her to perform 10 minutes of stand-up comedy.
“Everyone always said I was funny, and I thought like a comic my whole life,” said Gold, who grew up in a Jewish family in New Jersey. “But you don’t know at such a young age that you want to be a comedian. It’s not exactly a common job.”
The stand-up dare actually came from her closest friend, and commanded her to use everyone on her residential floor as a subject in the set.
“I did this performance for my dorm, and I got this high,” she said. “It was like, ‘Oh my God, this is what I’m meant to do.’ “
Gold swore to herself that as soon as she landed her first sitcom which she did soon after with a cameo on Roseanne in 1992 she’d quit stand-up gigs.
But through success as an actress, writer and producer, that never happened.
“I think I’ll do it for the rest of my life,” she said. “It’s like working out: If you don’t do it, you lose the muscle.”
She uses her personal life as a springboard for her shows, poking fun at her Jewish heritage (her Twitter username is @jewdygold); the fact that her partner, Elysa, is a therapist; and the time her kids thought the doorbell automatically meant dinner was delivered because she never cooked.
Gold started to cook after that last incident, and her latest TV appearance was on a celebrity episode of Food Network’s Chopped (the episode aired on April 28).
Spoiler alert: She didn’t make it past the first round, but the judges loved her gochujang guacamole (even though Gold was still numb from an avocado-related injury a few weeks prior) and cupcake-breaded chicken tenders, but the judges chopped her for messy presentation.
“Look, I’m a mom,” she quipped. “I don’t have time for that.”
Even though she still couldn’t remember Rochester by the end of the conversation, Gold promises her upcoming show will be funny.
“This is what I do,” she said. “Let’s be honest, I don’t really have any other marketable skills.”