Winner of all the awards, Whoopi Goldberg will perform at the Kennedy Center on July 17th for a one-night only comedy event. Since her first Broadway show in 1984, Goldberg’s comedy has been both irreverent and introspective, often challenging social issues. This balance and style is reflected in her personal activism as well as her acting, which spans from uproarious comedies to heart-wrenching dramas and everything in between. This diversity has Goldberg in an exclusive group: recipients of the EGOT. Goldberg has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. She received an Emmy Award in 2002 for producing Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel. Her Broadway show won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording in 1985. Her performance in the film Ghost won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1990, becoming just the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win this award. And Goldberg won a Tony as a producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002.
Goldberg’s range of achievements includes producing and starring in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2003, and starring in iconic films such as “Corrina, Corrina,” “Ghosts of Mississippi,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” and the legendary “The Color Purple” for which she received her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Goldberg has also conquered television, producing Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine,” portraying “Queen Constantina” in the 1997 TV adaptation of “Cinderella,” and following in the footsteps of one of her inspirations, Nichelle Nichols, as a recurring character on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Since 2007, Whoopi Goldberg has been the moderator and co-host of ABC’s “The View,” bringing comedy, clarity, and occasional controversy to many issues of the day.
In addition to Goldberg’s one woman show in 1984 and the 20th Anniversary show in 2004, she is a member of Comic Relief USA, a charity organization that raises money for homeless people in need of health care assistance. It began in 1986 and was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, and the late Robin Williams.
Whoopi Goldberg certainly has a wealth of experiences and events to discuss in her one night only performance and it is certainly not to be missed. For tickets and more information on “Comedy at Kennedy Center: Whoopi Goldberg” on July 17th, visit www.kennedy-center.org