Judy Gold

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Judy Gold
Born (1962-11-15) November 15, 1962 (age 61)
Occupation(s)Stand-up comedian, actress, television writer, producer
Years active1986–present
PartnerElysa Halpern[1]

Judy Gold (born November 15, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, podcaster, television writer, author and producer. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a writer and producer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show.[2]

Life and career[edit]

She was born on November 15, 1962, in Newark, New Jersey.[3] She first did stand-up on a dare when she was a music student at Rutgers University.[2] She is a lesbian who shared a relationship with Sharon Callahan, her former partner, for almost 20 years. She has two children (Henry, 1996, and Ben, 2001), facts she frequently referenced on the show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.[4] Gold is very active in both LGBT and Jewish communities. She was active in support of the 2004 and 2008 Democratic presidential campaign. In an interview with Marc Maron, Gold revealed her comedic influences to be Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and Totie Fields.

Gold and John Machnik in 2004

Her one-woman show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, co-written with Kate Moira Ryan, is based on a series of interviews with more than 50 Jewish mothers in the United States.[5] Their stories are interspersed with anecdotes about her own mother and her life as a lesbian mother of two sons.[6] It ran at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City in early 2006 and reopened on October 12, 2006, at St. Luke's Theater. Judy Gold also appears as a commentator on truTV's TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest. In 2007, she was featured in the film Making Trouble, a tribute to female Jewish comedians, produced by the Jewish Women's Archive.[7] In 2011, Gold was named a Givenik Ambassador.[8] In 2015, she appeared off-Broadway as Eleanor Roosevelt in the satiric musical Clinton: The Musical at New World Stages.[9]

The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom[edit]

On June 30, 2011, The Judy Gold Show: My Life as a Sitcom, began previews at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre in New York City. This one-woman show is an homage to the classic sitcoms of Gold's youth. The show is written by Gold and Kate Moira Ryan and directed by Amanda Charlton.

The show officially opened on July 6, 2011, to positive reviews. The New York Times called the show "highly entertaining."[10] The New York Post called the show "gleefully self-deprecating".[11] The show subsequently opened in Los Angeles June 18, 2013, and had a one-month run at the Geffen Playhouse.[12]

Kill Me Now podcast[edit]

Judy Gold began the Kill Me Now with Judy Gold podcast in 2015.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Voltan's Participant
2004 Our Italian Husband Nun #2
2017 Gilbert Herself Documentary
2021 Hysterical Herself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Roseanne Amy 1 episode
1993 Rumor Has It Panelist 1 episode
1994–1995 All American Girl Gloria Schechter 18 episodes
1995 HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Judy Gold Herself
1995 Here Come the Munsters Elsa Munster Hyde TV movie
1995 The City Judy Silver 1 episode
1996 Wings Brenda 1 episode
1997 Lois Lives a Little Short
1998 Arli$$ 1 episode
2000 The Drew Carey Show Leslie 2 episodes
2000 Law & Order Deborah Patterson 1 episode
2000 Sidesplitters: The Burt & Dick Story Dick's Mother Short
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Buck McPhee TV film
2002 Sex and the City Barnes & Noble Clerk 1 episode
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Forensic Gynecologist 1 episode
2003 Comic Remix Herself 1 episode
2003 The Gynecologists Mrs. LeBlanc Short
2004 Ed Judge Fisher 1 episode
2005 Here! Family 1 episode
2007–2008 Super Normal The Roving Eye / Madam Midterm / Granny 15 episodes
2008–2013 World's Dumbest Herself 114 episodes
2009 Ugly Betty Joan 1 episode
2011 The Glades Rebecca Thornquist 1 episode
2012 30 Rock Judy Gold 1 episode
2013 The Big C Rabbi 1 episode
2013 2 Broke Girls Jerri 1 episode
2014 Melissa and Joey Janey 2 episodes
2014 Teachers Lounge Gym Teacher 1 episode
2015 Louie Marina 1 episode
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Judy Gold 1 episode
2016 Broad City Angela 1 episode
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Judy 1 episode
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Phonebooth Woman 1 episode
2016 Search Party Paulette Capuzzi 2 episodes
2016 What's Your F#@king Deal?! Herself Post-Production
2017 Nightcap Deb Hafner 5 episodes
2018 Murphy Brown ICE Agent Lynch 1 episode
2020–2022 Better Things Chaya 5 episodes
2021; 2023 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens The Librarian 2 episodes
2022 Girls5eva Dr. Madden 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Real Actors Read Yelp Herself 1 episode, streaming on YouTube
2015 Ambience Estelle 1 episode, streaming online


  1. ^ Musto, Michael (March 7, 2016). "Comic Judy Gold: 'I'm Way More Jewish Than Lesbian!' | Out Magazine". Out.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lara, Adair (December 24, 2003). "N.Y. comedian Judy Gold feels right at home in S.F." San Francisco Chronicle. p. D-1. Archived from the original on December 1, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2007.
  3. ^ "Gold, Judy 1962–". Encyclopedia.com. Cengage. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  4. ^ "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn TV Show: News, Videos, Full Episodes and More". TVGuide.com. November 29, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Shulman, Randy (January 31, 2008). "Gold Rush: When she's not milking the room for laughs, comic Judy Gold juggles a career, two kids and her 85-year-old Jewish mother". Metro Weekly. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  6. ^ Hoban, Phoebe (January 27, 2006). "Listen to Your Mother! And Other Advice". New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2007.
  7. ^ Deming, Mark (2012). "Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  8. ^ Gioia, Michael. "John Tartaglia and Judy Gold Are New Givenik Ambassadors (Video)". Playbill.com. Playbill. Archived from the original on December 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "Emmy-Winning Comic Lands Role in Off-Broadway's Clinton The Musical". Playbill.com. February 5, 2015. Archived from the original on February 7, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Rooney, David (July 8, 2011). "'The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom' – Review". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Vincentelli, Elisabeth (July 11, 2011). "Self-deprecation adds punch to 'Judy&apos". New York Post.
  12. ^ "The Judy Show – My life as a sitcom". The Geffen Playhouse homepage. Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.

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