Whoopi Goldberg made her triumphant return this evening at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and what a night it was. Goldberg has always had a way of connecting with an audience not only on a humorous level but on a human one. Funny, thought provoking, insightful are only a few ways to describe Whoopi’s stand-up act. Though I’m sure her many topics of conversation are mapped out in advance, she delivers her views in such an improvisational way that we the audience gets the feeling we’re involved in her conversation rather than just watching it.
The show tonight was an absolute laugh riot from the moment Whoopi sheepishly walked on stage. Entering left, the audience reaction was a kick. There was no fanfare, the lights weren’t turned down, she merely walked on without much notice accept a wide smile and a rousing ‘hello’ to the Miami crowd. She gave what I call a ‘parental warning’ to the audience within the first ten seconds of being on stage. With a wink and a smile Whoopi pronounced “This isn’t the f*****g View,” followed by, “I like to swear. There’s going to be a lot of swearing tonight. So if that f-ing bothers you then get the f out.” And we’re off.
Goldberg is a classic; I can’t think of any other way to describe her. Touching on subjects such as gay rights and the Arizona proposed anit-gay law, religion, drugs, the difference between men and women (physically and mentally), politics, and getting older, Whoopi gives everyone in attendance a different way to look at things through her own perspective and imaginative point of view. Her well-read and poignant observations are hysterical and had me laughing for her entire 65 minute set. I have to admit it never occurred to me how the Virgin Mary would scold a three year old Jesus; thankfully it did to Whoopi. The show didn’t stop here. For twenty additional minutes she took questions from the audience. I’m proud to say (I was nervous as all heck) mine was one of them. The great part of this segment was Whoopi looked me right in the eye (she did this with everyone who addressed her) as if I were the only one there and talked directly to me. It’s that personal one-on-one connection that I mentioned before that makes her so accessible and one of the people. She doesn’t put on any false airs. Whoopi is who she is and makes no apologies.
For the audience here this evening at the Adrienne Arsht Center it was a very special and funny night with one of the best comedians of our time. Whoopi Goldberg is a timeless talent whose comedy never grows old. She is able to change with the times and would have made a great school teacher. Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe, Emmy Award winner; Whoopi has all her bases covered and shows no signs of slowing down. That my friends is great news for all of us.