Whoopi Goldberg

On March 25, at the mostly full Treasure Island Theater, Whoopi Goldberg conducted what could be considered the entertainment version of a town hall meeting, while audience members (almost all women) seemed to throw comments at her after nearly every topic. Goldberg discussed everything from getting old, (“I can’t remember shit. Now when somebody approaches me, the first thing I ask is, ‘Did we sleep together,’”) to racism, celebrities and politics—sometimes all rolled into one. Of Donald Trump’s comment on The View that he doesn’t know that Barack Obama was born in America but that George W. Bush was, “When he said that, I wanted to ask, ‘Motherfucker, are you a gynecologist?!”

The two disappointments: First, the sound was a bit low on her lapel mic. Second, while all the Hollywood storytelling is fun, the lack of social commentary, which she has done so brilliantly throughout her stand-up career (look up her bit about the N-word), left something to be desired. While she makes even the large theater feel intimate, there was not the same bite to her work that has made her such an important voice in the past.

Nonetheless, if Kathy Griffin-style storytelling is where Goldberg is going, she at least does it much better and much funnier than the red-headed jokester.

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