Whoopi Goldberg sees her live act as a place where anything goes and everyone is guaranteed to have a good time.
“It’s not going to cure cancer, but it will give you a couple of laughs,” says Goldberg, who appears 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Revel Casino Hotel.
The multi-hyphenate star, whose career has spanned TV, movies, Broadway and stand-up, considers herself a storyteller who mines her material from the headlines, as well as from her own experiences with aging and dating in the digital age.
“I tell stories about all kinds of stuff,” she says. “I tell stories about why things should be happening in my opinion, about why New Jersey should have less taxes and have more places for medical marijuana. It runs the gamut. It’s me, uncensored. No one is asking me to be an adult here.”
The Oscar-, Emmy-, Tony-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winner is, as usual, juggling multiple projects.
Besides her weekday role as co-host of ABC’s “The View,” she also was filming a guest appearance on the Fox series “Glee” at the time of this interview. An Oscar-winner for Best Supporting Actress for “Ghost,” Goldberg has big-screen roles completed for the big-budget action movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” an independent drama “Big Stone Gap,” and in June is set to start filming another indie pic called “The Christmas Pearl.”
“It just feels like it’s part of what I do,” Goldberg says of her varied career. “I’m trying to find a nice balance between having my day job and my heart job.”
Now in her seventh season on “The View,” Goldberg finds herself the veteran, sharing the table with Sherri Shepherd, who also joined in 2007, newcomer Jenny McCarthy and show co-creator Barbara Walters, who is set to retire this year.
While Goldberg is still enjoying her small-screen soapbox, she would like “The View” to focus more on hard news than celebrity fluff.
“For a while, they wanted us to be different than the show should be,” she says. “Now they want us to go back to having conversations that people are interested in, that mirror the plethora of things people talk about, instead of focusing on the Kardashians’ butts.”
With “The View” designed to generate buzz, especially via its freewheeling “Hot Topics” segments, Goldberg seems unfazed by McCarthy’s controversial views opposing childhood vaccinations.
“In the world we live in now, where everyone has an opinion about everything and feels confident to tell you whether you’ve asked them or not, through social media or emails or phone calls, something is always pissing someone off in ‘Hot Topics,’” she says. “But it’s one conversation among many we have in that hour.”
Her continuing guest role in “Glee” as New York Academy of Dramatic Arts dean Carmen Tibideaux is one Goldberg especially relishes because of the chance to spend time with the show’s young cast; she has appeared in five episodes of the series.
“She’s very bizarre and interesting and fun,” she says of her character. “I patterned her after every opera diva I’ve ever met. Usually, they’re tall and statuesque. I’m short and sort of spark plug-like.”
The movie buff in Goldberg is also thrilled to have paid homage to a legendary character, Dorothy, when she introduced a 75th anniversary tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” during last month’s Academy Awards telecast.
Growing up in the late ’50s and ’60s in the days before at-home movie rentals and on-demand viewing, Goldberg recalls “Oz” being an annual TV event for her family.
“There’s something about it that reminds me of all the good things in the world,” says Goldberg, who wore her own pair of ruby slippers when introducing Pink’s performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” “It was such a pleasure to be able to pay that homage, but it was also an homage to my family.
“It was something I did with my mom and my big brother,” she continues. “We had a little TV — black and white. My mom said, ‘I saw this in the movie theater.’ My brother’s and my eyes just popped out of our heads. Then she said, ‘You know it’s in color. We said, wait a minute ...
“She explained almost all the movies had been in black and white up until that point. To go to a movie and see that magical thing happen cemented in my head that I wanted to be part of things that make magic happen.”