I have been a Madonna fan all of my life. Her music, style, movies, and most of all her fearlessness have inspired almost everything in my life. I've learned so much about myself because of her! I have been eyeing Madonnalogues for a long time now, so when I was asked to interview Nadya Ginsburg, I had no choice but to "Strike A Pose" and find out "Who's That Girl," behind the Madonnalogues. This long-running and ever-changing LA hit features Nadya's hysterical impressions of Madonna, Cher, and Winona Ryder along with original characters.
1. This September you are returning to NYC with your show Madonnalogues, which features impressions of Madonna, Cher, and Winona Ryder along with original characters. What excites you about coming back to NYC? A very wise, very post pubescent, pink chola from Bay City Michigan once sang – "I love New York, other cities make me feel like a dork." Rather than another city, I’d argue those shitty lyrics are responsible for that dorky feeling, but regardless, New York City will forever have my heart. Can’t wait to feel the fruit, and by that, I mean connect with my audience, and if that offends you, you're a racist.
2. What do you enjoy most about performing at The Laurie Beechman Theatre? Not only is it where my former employer Joan Rivers would perform regularly, it’s the home away from home for so many of my showbiz pals: Jackie Beat, Selene Luna and Dina Martina to name a few weirdos. Plus while frequenting the Beechman you just might just pass Chita Rivera in a corner banquet or see Blythe Danner waiting for a table to dine in the restaurant before heading into the theater. Oh if only Blythe knew what I said shortly thereafter about the fair traded, organic, vagina steamed fruit of her womb. Second fruit reference.
3. You are also premiering Madonnalogues in Philadelphia on September 19. What are you looking forward to most about debuting this show in Philly? I have a lot of very close friends who hail from those parts but have never performed there so I am very excited. I am also fascinated with the Philly accent so I plan on doing some research. Looking forward to being a Philly Virgin, who is made to feel "Like a Virgin" for the very first time, "Over and Over."
4. What made you want to do impressions of Madonna, Cher, and Winona Ryder? How have these three stars influenced your life/career? How and why did you first create Madonnalogues? Truthfully, I do all kinds of impressions, but the audience reaction to those three struck a chord so Madonnalogues gives the people what they want. Madonnalogues has definitely made me discuss both the price of being a powerful woman in a sexist society and the price of maintaining image. Winona demonstrated this at Saks. At a certain point, celebs like Madonna and Cher are forced to maintain an impression of themselves. Cher once said, "some days I wake up and I just don’t feel like being Cher." What’s fun about doing Madge is that with all her intelligence, talent, narcissism and masochism she is as confounding as she is inspiring, and so very fun to embody.
5. Have any of them seen your act? If so, what was their reaction? I got a lot of press recently when Madonna did a "joke" on Fallon that was pretty verbatim of a bit I did in my webseries Madonnalogues and I have been told by members of the Gay Hair and Make up Mafia that Madge has seen my videos, but who knows for sure. If she has I’m sure she is smart enough to know all is fair in love, war and comedy because NOTHING is fair in love, war or comedy. She is the Queen of go big or go home so I’m sure she gets it if and when I go for the jugular.
6. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Madonnalogues? Wet pee pee panties and a happy heart.
7. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see Madonnalogues, what would that reason be? So I can afford a plane ticket home.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? June Havoc, aka Baby June, sister to Gypsy Rose Lee said once, "When I go to an audience I go to a lover." I have learned from performing that all greatness comes from letting go and giving love.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Always turn the other cheek but make sure if you spread it’s consensual or at least there’s a speaking role up for grabs.
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I am Jew-Talian, so that would be the ability to remain emotionless.
11. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I like to cleanse while I get dirty so lets go 2 parts silver tequila 2 parts ginger kombucha and a lime and lets call that "Ginsburg's Guilty Pleasure."
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Nadya Ginsburg has been called "the woman of a thousand voices." Perez Hilton has called her a "genius" and Al Roker thinks "she rules." Her career as an actress and writer encompasses the NYC and LA stage, network television, feature film and the world of Internet Comedy.
Nadya honed her talent for creating off beat original characters and impressions in the New York alternative comedy scene at venues such as Luna Lounge, Surf Reality, Catch A Rising Star and Caroline's Comedy Club. She was brought to LA by Warner Brothers to be a series regular on the sketch comedy series Hype, and has written for and been featured on NBC, CBS, TBS, Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, E! (as a writer for Fashion Police), LOGO and Lifetime Television.
As a voice over artist, she has lent her talents to everything from Japanimation films to MTV animated series to national commercials and radio spots. Nadya wrote and co-starred in a webisode series produced by Roseanne Barr, worked with Parker Posey in the feature film Adam & Steve and is the co-creator and star of photographer and film maker Austin Young's webisode series The Worm where she plays Madonna, Cher, Britney Spears, Winona Ryder, Gloria Steinem, a Bensonhurst housewife and a Giant Worm.
Nadya's Lady Gaga parody "Al Roker Face" garnered her an interview on The Today Show and her appearance won MSNBC's "Moment Of The Week" viewer poll by a landslide. Most recently Nadya was a celebrity guest comedy judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and as pregnant slut "Roberta Hochman-Klein" on Will And Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan's CBS show Partners.