Judy Tenuta, brash ‘Goddess of Love’ standup comedian, dies

Judy Tenuta died –

Judy Tenuta, the famous brash standup comedian who cheekily styled herself as the “Goddess of Love“ and toured with George Carlin as she built her career in the 1980s golden age of comedy away at the age of 72. She died on Thursday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles in the presence of her family.

Her publicist Roger Neal has declared their death to the Associated Press. The cause of the end is said to be ovarian cancer. Neal praised her by saying she was a hilarious and fantastic performer and that being around her was always a happy time. She had a heart-shaped face, topped by bouffant hair with a flower accent. It conveyed an impression of sweet innocence quickly shattered by her loud, gravelly delivery and acidic humor.

She was one of the performers who drove the popularity of live comedy in clubs nationwide, which includes the comedy store in Los Angeles, the Laff Stop in Houston, and Caroline’s in New York City. This was typically a male-dominated field, but she made room for herself.

Weird Al Yankovic, who had worked with her on his 1990s TV series and a 2006 music video, had tweeted that he was devastated to hear about the passing of his dear friend, the lovely Miss Judy Tenuta. He further said that Earth has genuinely lost a goddess. Tenuta was named best female comedy club performer opposite male winner Jerry Seinfeld in the 1988’s American Comedy Awards. She was frequently seen as a guest on late-night talk shows and game shows and with radio shock jock Howard Stern. Her acting and voiceover credits were eclectic, including her appearances on “The Weird Al Show” and “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.“

She also appeared on stage in “The Vagina Monologues“ in Los Angeles and Chicago. She was a two-time Grammy nominee and had got back-to-back nominations for spoken word comedy albums in 1995 and 1996 for “Attention Butt Pirates and Lesbetarians” and “In Goddess We Trust.“ I hope her soul rests in peace.

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