Whoopi Goldberg to chat about life, getting older at MotorCity Casino Hotel
Actor, comedian and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg is one of only a dozen people on the planet who is in the famous EGOT club, meaning she's won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony Award.
Given all her talents, it may make one wonder which she'll be putting to use Friday when she takes the stage at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel.
She said the show will be part comedy, part one-woman-show and part storytelling event.
“It’s all of those things,” she told The Detroit News in a recent phone interview. “All the stuff that I do. I do the stuff that makes me laugh, so there’ll be lots of talk about getting older in this environment and what happens when you just simply don’t care.”
A lot of her current act is calling out bull and not being polite for people’s sake, she said.
“People want you to be nicer when you get older,” Goldberg said. “I don’t know if I’m going to be nice.”
But that doesn’t mean she’ll be ripping into President Donald Trump, as some may guess, given her comments about him on her ABC daytime talk show “The View.” (A photo of Whoopi at the 2017 Women’s March in New York City was photoshopped to make it look violently anti-Trump, and the doctored image has been making its way around the internet.)
“Everything is in context to time and growth, less in context of Trump and politics,” she said of her live show.
Goldberg, 62, broke through into the mainstream in the mid-1980s when Steven Spielberg cast her in the lead role of his film adaptation of "The Color Purple." She was nominated for an Academy Award for the role; she took home the Golden Globe. A few years later, she became only the second African-American woman to win an acting Oscar, this time for her role as psychic Oda Mae Brown in "Ghost."
Shortly after she was considered the highest-paid actress of all time, going on to star in many other films, stage shows and television. Goldberg also has penned several children's books and non-fiction books.
Goldberg, who has been a co-host on "The View" since 2007, said she likes to tour because it “keeps me more coherent than if I wasn’t doing it.”
“I think this sort of keeps me on track with what’s happening and present,” she said. “The show (‘The View’) keeps me present also, but live performances really, for me … it’s like manna."
She said the cadence of her show is more like storytelling and less like traditional stand-up. She feels floored by all the wild news stories that are out these days, like the New Jersey superintendent who defecated on school grounds, repeatedly.
“What’s happening? What would make you poo in the daytime? On the track? Every day?”
Still, Goldberg said the crux of her show is “my story.”
“The stories are about me and my environment and the environment we’re in,” she said. “Because when you’re a stand up, you have to do joke, joke, joke, joke, joke. When you tell stories you can do joke, funny, funny, story, story, funny story, funny story … maybe funny … questionable story.”
“You can have a different kind of run with it.”
8 p.m. Friday
MotorCity Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River, Detroit