“Gilda Radner was a powerful comedic force of nature who became one of the most prolific comedians of a generation. Her cutting edge humor was second only to her dedicated leadership in cancer care with her eponymous Gilda’s Club.”
Friday, June 1, 8:00 pm, Festival Tent
Improv legends The Bad Aunties, a San Francisco-based comedy troupe, bring chortles, giggles and chuckles to the Mendocino stage with their live performance, preceding the screening of Love, Gilda. The comedic wonder women are best pals Debi Durst, Judy Nihei, and Diane Amos. Together they offer over a century of combined hilarity.
(Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening)
The name Gilda Radner will bring a smile to the faces of people who remember watching the early years of Saturday Night Live (1975-1980), where, as one of the original cast members she created and portrayed iconic characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Baba Wawa. Her genius for physical comedy inspired many modern day comedians. Gilda’s legacy lives on in comedy, but also in a deeper way. When Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she went public about her illness. In this revelatory film, Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends, rare home movies and diaries read by contemporary comedians inspired by Gilda (Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer.