And she deserves it.
The hilarious, deadpan Judy Gold talks about this constant craving in her new show, The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom, beginning June 30 at the DR2 Theater.
I just called the lesbo-visible comic and got the gay lowdown on it.
Me: Hi, Judy. Tell me about your wacky new show.
Judy: It starts when I was a kid and I was addicted to sitcoms. I wanted to run away to their houses and be in their families. The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Mary Tyler Moore, All in the Family, Maude …
They had a profound effect on me. I thought I was going to be Rhoda and I’d have my own sitcom. I became a comic, and starting in about 1999, I started pitching my life as a sitcom. For some reason, they rejected me. I want to get a gay family on TV. People could watch the socially relevant sitcom and forget the family’s gay.
Me: There’s no gay family on TV?
Judy: There’s Modern Family, but it’s always a baby who can’t really talk. It’s two men — it’s always men — and they have an adopted, I think, Asian.
Me: Tell me some rejections you’ve gotten from execs.
Judy: “America’s not ready for a gay family.” One said, “It’s not gay enough. It doesn’t have enough gay sex.” We’re a married couple with kids! We don’t have fucking sex! What are you, nuts?
Me: It’s funny you mention Mary Tyler Moore’s show. She was a single woman, but as they explain in the final episode, she had a family.
Judy: Her friends were her family, and when you’re gay, your friends are your family. I so related to that whole creating-your-own-family situation. I found out where the house is [the one used in the exterior shots] in Minneapolis and I went there and sat and stared at it. When I moved to L.A., I found out where the Brady Bunch house is and drove past it 100 times.
Me: I think that was also used as Bates Motel.