Without You I'm Nothing memorializes Sandra Bernhardt's unique one-woman show that combines stand-up comedy, musical numbers and comic vignettes about show business and American culture. Bernhardt began her career as an in-your-face club comedienne, but came to national attention with her scene-stealing role as an obsessed kidnapper in Martin Scorcese's "King of Comedy." She developed a cabaret style show that mixed her comic observations of her childhood and her professional experiences with surprisingly accomplished renditions of classic tunes, such as Nina Simone's "Four Women" and Prince's "Little Red Corvette." The variety-style performance became an off-Broadway hit in 1988. In this 1990 film version, Bernhardt depicts her insider experiences in Hollywood and New York, taking the occasion to riff on the snobbery and eccentricity of cultural icons ranging from Jerry Lewis, to Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein and Diana Ross. Her confrontational style, unusual looks and exotic lifestyle and celebrity encounters combine into an intriguing evening of entertainment.
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