Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Lesson in Judy-ism: Full Frontal Tenudity!

You Should Always Have a Party in your Pants!

-Judy Tenuta

Judy Tenuta is the most famous person who has ever lived...and if you don't believe it, just ask her. Judy's stand-up routine is appropriately described as outrageous, mind-blowing comedy. Her one-woman show promises to be nothing less. In fact, Judy recently became an ordained minister, and has been known to convert her audiences to her own fan based signature religion, "Judyism."
Judy is a triple threat in the sense that she has strong stage, television, comedy and film credits with a large fan base. She has appeared in The Vagina Monologues, Menopause. the Musical, both in LA and Chicago, and she's had her own stand-up specials on Showtime, HBO and Lifetime.
Some of Judy's roles include: an ex-show girl turned wedding chaplain on General Hospital, a snobby judge on "Corey in the House" and a featured role in the teen comedy hit, "Material Girls", starring Hillary and Haley Duff and directed by Martha Coolidge. Judy costars with Bruce Vilanch in the Indie film, "Sister Mary."
Judy just completed the role of an overly zealous, in your face Mother of the star high school pitcher, in the soon to be released, "Gibsonberg," based on a true story.... so watch out, Meryl Streep!

Judy was the first female stand-up comic to win "Best Female Comedian" at the American Comedy Awards and is a two-time Grammy nominee for her comedy CDs.

Go to Judy Tenuta’s website and the first thing that you see is that the Goddess needs worshippers! She need look no further than me. I worship her and her uniqueness. She is a true original and there is no one else like her. We actually appeared on the same bill several years ago for Milwaukee Pride but never got a chance to spend any time together although our hotel rooms were right next to each other!
David Dean Bottrell (Celebrity Co-Host IMRU Radio) + Judy Tenuta (the Goddess) on IMRU RADIO [05/13/12]

Judy and I sat down last week to tall all things Judy in anticipation of her upcoming appearance at The Laurie Beechman Theater in New York and her new book,
Those of you who follow my blogs know that my blogs are a celebration of those that I interview and their body of “worth.” My blogs are made up of all of the elements of previous interviews and what works, I always expound upon. I always ask those that I interviewed to come up for a question for my next interview. My first question for Judy comes from Christina Crawford, Mommie Dearest, whom I interviewed last month. Of course, Christina is all about survival. Her question is “If you survived, how did you survive. In other words, if there was something in your life that you had to survive from, what was it and how did you succeed?”
That was a good starting point with Judy. She said she survived twelve years of Catholic school!

I asked Judy what it was like being Judy Tenuta in today’s world. She said it was like being eight different
people because she has eight different personalities! She says it is very frustrating; she is also the NEW Judge Judy. THIS Judy feels that she needs to enforce justice. First of all, gay marriage should be across the boards. “If the gays desire to get married, they have a right to be miserable like anybody else.”
When Judy was a little girl, she always thought that she was a goddess.
She would make her brothers kiss her hands AND her feet and bring her flowers.
When Judy is not bringing joy to the world with her appearances, she loves to commune with nature. She loves flowers and trees. She loves searching out gardens. She also loves having her feet buffed by love slaves. “Of course, I have to go shopping with gay men.” She is looking forward to being back in New York. “There are lots of great places to go shopping in New York City.”
Like most great artists, Judy has her own set of pre-show rituals. She does goddess stretches with her accordion. Of course, she goes through all of the aspects of her show in her head…especially new material. She may do this while looking in the mirror. She usually doesn’t like to have people around her.

If she does, they have to cook for her or something.
It is not difficult for Judy to maintain a social life with all that she is juggling. “Hell, no! I love a social life. I want to be around pigs all the time. I’m constantly looking for a ‘love dog’ “.

I consider Judy’s shows master classes.
She admits that she gives great advice and a lot of it is in her new book and show. (See Link above)
When I asked Judy who the one person is that has been involved in her career the most, she said that would be HER! “If there was someone significant like Donald Trump, I might have my own TV show. “
I suggested Celebrity Apprentice for next year. She said, “Oh yes! It is so easy to get on it!” He would have to appoint her. Donald, if you see this, call Judy Tenuta! She doesn’t desire, however to be “in combat with all those trolls!”
When I asked what audiences can expect at her upcoming show at The Laurie Beechman, she said, “I’m not going to give away the details of my show!” She will be giving those in attendance ADVICE…”making their lives more perfect for them.” This will happen through her religion of Judy-ism. Judy is an ordained minister of her own religion; she will be performing a marriage. She hopes to do several while she is in New York. If there are women in attendance, she will do a special fertility dance with them.
Before she comes to New York, on Saturday June 1, 2013, An Evening of Laughter will be held at the Gay Days Host Hotel, the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At SeaWorld in the Great Lakes Ballroom. 
Doors open at 7:30 PM with the show starting at 8:00 PM. VIP tickets include a private meet and greet with Judy before the show! Visit to purchase your tickets or a table. She is very excited about that. “Needless to say, I’m sure that I will baptize many because the gays love their pool parties! They love to bathe and buff each other in the pool. I love watching them having fun and tossing around a beach ball.” She once performed a marriage during a pool party. The couple got married in the water.

Doing something like this on stage would make Judy think she was Houdini.
I asked Judy what advice she would give to anyone desiring to follow in her footsteps. “Stay out of my career, bitches! Go do something else. They need cashiers at Bloomie’s. Go do that!” She doesn’t desire other people taking her place. It’s different for each person. She started in Chicago. She took classes at Second City. She did her own thing eventually taking her to New York and LA. The best advice that Judy offers is to have “Joan Rivers be your mom…then, you’ll have no problems!” Judy wishes that Joan was her mom. “Be the child of a famous person! Be Donald Trump’s sons or daughter. 
I wouldn’t suggest being Gary Busey’s daughter.”
What would it be like to be Judy Tenuta’s kid? “That would be fun!”  They would have lots of fashion shows. Judy is into fashion. The kid would have to be doing fashion shows all the time. “Fashion shows on water slides! What could be better than that?” She would like them to have mastery of a musical instrument, preferably an accordion. If not, guitar or piano would do. There would also be fur coats involved and lots of chandeliers.
Judy and I spoke prior to the Matt Damon/Michael Douglas Behind the Chandelier HBO film. Judy was anticipating it with great excitement. Her desire was to see it with a bunch of gay men. She’s not so sure about lesbians. “Are they into Liberace? A lot of grandmas from Idaho and Wisconsin are! They went to see him all the time in Vegas.” Alison Arngrim’s father was Liberace’s manager.  Judy and I both love Alison who will also be at The Laurie Beechman on June 15th and 16th in Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. She has some great stories to tell about Liberace!

Judy and I have both visited the Liberace Museum in Vegas. I actually appeared there! That was really fun.
Judy loved his candelabras and capes. “His capes were like entire buildings. They were big and plush.”

He was over the top and fabulous. That’s what made Liberace Liberace and Judy loves that.
Judy’s biggest vice is eating candy. She hasn’t gotten fat, thank God! She loves to snack on peanut butter filled things. She also says that she should not be allowed in a room with cookies. Another hot vice would also be “letting hot twinkie boys” feed her grapes and desserts like chocolate mousse. She loves these hot twinkie boys! “What’s not to like? They are my weakness. I am a cougar bear out there searching for twinkie boys to buff my feet and feed me grapes and give me snacks and drive me!”

I asked her if there were any straight boys and she doesn’t know!  She doesn’t feel that the straight boys are as eager to please the goddess and give her pedicures.   

Judy’s greatest virtue is that she is a giver, not a taker; although that could be a vice as well. She could be left with nothing.
We already know that Judy is a great teacher. I asked her if she was a great student. 
“I can learn. I like to learn things. “It has to be very specific. If she was told she had to learn the  Toccata and Fugue in D minor, for example,  she might have a problem to do it exactly as requested right away. She would need time. She would leave that to Bach.

That brought me to my next question. How did the accordion find its way into Judy’s act. When Judy was a young girl, there was an accordion salesman going door to door.
 At that time, Judy thought it was a toy and begged for it. Judy’s mom told her that if she got it that Judy would have to practice. Judy didn’t know what that meant, she was seven years old. Most kids get a new toy, they play with it for a while, they get tired of it, and then, they go out to play and ride their bikes.

Not so in Judy’s case. 
Her parents bought it and they told her she now needed to take lessons and practice. 
Judy would beg to go out and play. No, she had to practice for an hour. Judy admits now that it was a good discipline. Judy’s mom locked her in the closet until she could play Lady of Spain in the dark!
Judy believes that the popularity of the accordion is making a “come back.” Maroon Five, with Adam Levine, has accordion players in the group.  There are new Irish bands popping up that have accordions. Maybe Judy made it popular. It wasn’t popular as she was coming up the ranks. There’s even an accordionist in Once on Broadway.
I asked Judy if she is a TV viewer. She said there’s so much these days that she can’t keep track of it all. 
She loves Modern Family, The Good Wife, and Dancing With The Stars. She cannot take these “housewives of housewives” shows!
Who are Judy’s role models? She said it would be a tossup between Katie Perry and Adam Lambert! She loves fashion people. She would love to have a fashion empire like Betsy Johnson, who she loves.
When I asked how she felt her career was going at this point in her life, she laughed out loud. “It could be better! I need to get caught drunk driving with Lindsay Lohan! That’s the only way you get on TV these days. Reese Witherspoon doesn’t count. She HAS a big career. That was a fluke thing that happened to her. Lindsay Lohan is a nonstop reality show. All she does is keep getting arrested and not showing up for court and they keep covering it. What is that?’ It is all ridiculous.”
Judy Tenuta HAS a career. 
She doesn’t need to go on direction. She feels that if she desires to get on TV, that it just might take that! Drunk driving, robbing stores, and the Betty Ford Clinic is the road to television these days!
My next question comes from Michael Feinstein who we both love. Does Judy believe in reincarnation? Yes, she does. She knows she wasn’t Cleopatra because everyone else was.
Judy deserves her own sit com like Hot in Cleveland, a show that she loves, by the way.
If Judy had one day left on earth, what would she desire to do? She would love to go to Rome. She definitely would not have enough time to do all she would desire to do which would include a total massage, a facial, getting her hair done, dancing, film it all and turn it into a reality show!

I cannot wait to worship at The Goddess Judy Tenuta’s show at  The  Laurie Beechman Theatre - 407 West 42nd Street

WHEN: Thursday, July 11th and Friday, July 12th - 7:30 PM
TICKETS: $25 (Gen) & $50 (VIP) by calling (212) 352-3101 or

If you'd like to join our celebration, please let me know!
Please visit Judy's website

Judy's Upcoming Events  

Thanks to Harlan Boll for most of the pics in this blog. 


Thank you Judy Tenuta for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!

With grateful XOXOXs ,

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Richard Skipper,                            
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  1. Love Judy. She looks fabulous. A Diva's Diva!

  2. She truly is one of a kind!!! Love her!