When Whoopi Goldberg relates modern fame to insects and intercourse, it gets your attention.
The subject of fame came up when it was suggested to Goldberg that her extensive resume paints the picture of an all-around entertainer, and there are fewer and fewer of those.
“I actually don’t think of myself that way, because there are so many things I wish I could do,” says Goldberg, who performs live at Casino Rama on Friday, May 31.
“But we have changed the meaning of what an artist is, or can be. It’s harder to tell, because you can eat a bug and be famous for that, or make a sex tape. Both of which I’ve done, but that was much later on.”
Goldberg is one of only a handful of performers to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. Currently a regular on The View (weekdays on ABC and CTV), Goldberg understands that versatility has been the key to her longevity.
“I had to change, yeah, you gotta grow,” Goldberg says. “One could lay back and wait for movie-star offers to pour in. You get very thin that way because you don’t eat often.
“Or, you get up and you go looking for stuff to do. And I was lucky, I was very lucky that The View was there.”
Goldberg still finds time to do about 20 live shows a year, though.
“I do love it, and I love a casino.” Goldberg says. “I love a live audience, because we’re all there to do the same thing. We’ve all got some time on our hands, we’re throwing away a little bit of money, and we’re having fun. With all that exists in the world today, I think everyone should have that opportunity, even if it’s just an evening.
“As long as you’re polite and not a thief. They don’t like that one.”
Goldberg also feels her continued ability to get excited about things has helped her career immeasurably. For example, she doesn’t watch a heck of a lot of TV, but she is passionately devoted to the shows she does watch.
“I have a great time talking about Game of Thrones, it’s crazy,” Goldberg says. “I’m in love with a man who probably never would give me the time of day, and he’s hot and he’s sexy and he’s 4-foot-3, but he’s a man. Peter Dinklage‘s character (Tyrion Lannister) is a man. That’s what I love, that he’s a man.
“And (Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke) is about to mess somebody up. Those dragons? She is not playing with those people.
“I love being excited about things, and that’s a show that excites me. That’s what my live shows are for me, too, they’re passion projects. I’ve been fortunate that audiences get what I’m talking about. And even if they don’t fully understand, they’re okay, because I’m not talking them someplace dark.”