Comic Judy Tenuta

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 26, 2004

I don't know her name, but she's a standup comic and she always performs her act with an accordion as a prop. I'd like to know more about her.
—Edward G., Michigan

"The Aphrodite of the Accordion," as she calls herself, is comic Judy Tenuta. She was raised in Oak Park, Ill. (pop. 52,524), and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in theater. Best known for her brash, offbeat humor, she was the first stand-up to win Best Female Comedian at the American Comedy Awards and has released three CDs, two of which were nominated for a Grammy. Tenuta also has released a book titled The Power of Judyism (Harper Collins) and appeared in her own comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Lifetime. More about Tenuta and her comedy can be found on her website,