Judy Tenuta, A Loud Love Goddess Comic, Passes Away At Age 72

Judy Tenuta, A Loud “Love Goddess” Comic, Passes Away At Age 72

Judy Tenuta, a brazen stand-up comedian who jested billed herself as the “Love Goddess” and toured with George Carlin during the 1980s peak of comedy, passed away on Thursday. She was 72. According to publicist Roger Neal, Tenuta passed away on Thursday afternoon at home in Los Angeles with her family by her side. Ovarian cancer was the death’s cause.

It was always a “great time to be around her,” Neal remarked. “She was a very witty, amazing performer,” Tenuta claimed to have been born on November 7, 1965, but according to Neal, she was actually born in 1949. She was a traditional woman who would never reveal her true age, but now that she is no longer with us, we can.

Her heart-shaped face and bouffant hair, which had a flower accent, gave off the appearance of sweetness and purity, but her harsh, gravelly voice and acerbic humour—which included expletives—quickly destroyed that impression. She referred to the accordion she included in her act as “an instrument of love and submission.”

She was one of a generation of comics who helped live comedy become more popular in clubs around the country, such as the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Laff Stop in Houston, and Caroline’s in New York City. Tenuta and other women were able to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

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“I was deeply saddened to learn of the demise of my beautiful friend Judy Tenuta, a dear, a close friend. Weird Al Yankovic, who collaborated with her on his 1990s TV series and a 2006 music video, tweeted, “I can’t believe she’s gone. The goddess of Earth has truly been lost.

One of a kind wrote “Spinal Tap” star Michael McKean in a tweet. Damn.” In the 1987 HBO special “On Location: Women of the Night,” Tenuta co-starred with Ellen DeGeneres, Rita Rudner, and Paula Poundstone, and attracted widespread acclaim.

Tenuta competed against Jerry Seinfeld for the title of best male comedy club performance in the 1988 “American Comedy Awards” TV special. Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, and Bette Midler were among those who received awards for their club or cinematic work in that same year. The gold lamé-wrapped, gum-chewing Tenuta, who received her prize from Carlin, wisecracked, “I would trade it in a minute if I could simply be a wife and mother.”

She frequently appeared as a guest on game shows, late-night talk shows, and radio shock jock Howard Stern. The Weird Al Show and “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” were just a couple of the diverse roles and voiceovers she has appeared in. She performed in “The Vagina Monologues” in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Tenuta received back-to-back nominations for the Grammy Award for best-spoken word comedy album in 1995 and 1996 for “Attention Butt Pirates and Lesbetarians” and “In Goddess We Trust.” She participated in pride events, supported LGBTQ rights, and had ardent followers in the queer community. As a Judaism ordained minister, she advertised on her website that she was “available for same-sex marriages!”

Tenuta attended Catholic schools while growing up in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, including one she dubbed “St. Obnoxious and Bondage.” She described herself as the “isolated, little flower” in a Catholic family with six brothers. Petite Flower became one of her stage identities.

She did odd jobs after finishing college, such as packing meat and taking an inventory at a store that sold Catholic religious apparel. In an interview with The Associated Press in 1989, Tenuta claimed, “I got fired because they caught me trying the item on. “So when the boss entered, I imagine he became quite agitated. I responded, “Well, pig, I have to see if they look okay. I’m attempting to change things for these broads.

Before beginning her solo standup career, Tenuta joined the Second City comedy group in Chicago. Tenuta claimed that despite her eccentric attire and odd stage presence, the majority of people understood her act—which included the egocentric “Judaism” religion—right away.

“I’m the only one who can express discontent in my religion. My religion allows you to temporarily put your issues aside in order to think about mine, she told the Associated Press.