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PR.com's Senior Editor, Allison Kugel, Interviews Outspoken Emmy Award Winning Comedian Judy Gold


Judy Gold opens up to PR.com's Allison Kugel about the criticism she has taken for playing up Jewish stereotypes in her act, for insulting George W. Bush and on being a gay single parent.

PR.com's Senior Editor, Allison Kugel, Interviews Outspoken Emmy Award Winning Comedian Judy Gold
New York, NY, February 09, 2006 --(PR.com)-- In this latest installment in PR.com's (www.pr.com) growing eclectic string of celebrity and personality interviews, Comedian Judy Gold shares the life journey she has experienced with an overprotective religious Jewish mother, being a gay single parent of two boys, the flack she has taken over impersonating Jewish stereotypes in her act and the cathartic experience of developing her critically acclaimed show: "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother." She is also not shy about bringing up the scathing remarks that she made about George W. Bush during a fundraiser for Howard Dean, which resulted in her being declared a Homeland Security Risk by the White House. She is quick to point out the absurdity of her being portrayed as an imminent threat to the President or the United States.

Judy goes on to discuss how she and playwright, Kate Moira Ryan set out on a five year excursion to interview over fifty Jewish women from cities across the United States and many different walks of life. In her mission to find out if the stereotypical Jewish mother really does exist, she discovered something much more deep and beautiful. All of these women were internally strong, capable and accomplished women who were extremely devoted to their families and their children, specifically. Many of the warm memories she has of growing up in her own Jewish home rang familiar with each and every one of these women's interviews. After compiling and transcribing tapes from over fifty women's interviews, Judy Gold and Kate Moira Ryan wrote the play, “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,” to massive critical acclaim!

Throughout Judy Gold's conversation with Allison Kugel, the two discuss being liberal in the current non-liberal political climate that we live in, Judy sharing her experience in being a gay woman in the hopes of helping gay adolescents who may be struggling with their own sexuality, the summation of her life and body of work, her current relationship with her famously impersonated mother and her hopes of taking “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” around the United States and even to the Broadway stage.

Memorable excerpts from the interview:

"I'm not exaggerating. These are things that my mother does say to me. And by the way, I'm usually home on a Friday night with my kids, saying prayers over the challah [bread] and the wine. I've been to Alabama and been a Jew. I've been called a kike in Georgia..." - on taking ridicule for perpetuating the Jewish stereotype

"You found out that I called the President a living, breathing piece of shit…" - on insulting President Bush at a Howard Dean Fundraiser

"Look what the Jewish people have been through and we're still here! So, obviously we're doing something right." - on her admiration for her own people

"Well, I knew, but especially at that time, you fight it. You're an abomination, and there's no role model…I didn't talk about it. I didn't deal with it at all..." - on dealing with being gay, pre-college

"I keep getting emails…can you bring it here? Can you bring it there? I think I'm going to be doing the show for a very long time and I'm very happy about it." - on the growing popularity of her show, "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother"

To read the entire interview on PR.com, go to: http://www.pr.com/article/1035 or go to www.pr.com and click on "Articles"

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