JULIA SWEENEY - GUEST IN CHICAGO
I’m a writer and performer.
I’m probably best known for having been on the comedy/sketch show, Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994. My most well known character on that show was undoubtedly Pat, an androgynous character who confuses everyone.
I made a film calledIt’s Pat: The Movie, which was a bomb at the box office. However, it is still a winner in my own heart.
God Said Ha! is about my brother’s battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a deadly type of cancer and about my own cervical cancer. It’s about my parents living with me for nine months and how crazy and funny and frustrating that time was. And it’s about my brother’s death and my own survival. I did runs of God Said Ha! in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In New York, God Said Ha! was on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater – truly one of the highlights of my life. Quentin Tarantino produced a film version of the stage show, which I directed.
Letting Go of God is about my search for a God I can believe in. I was raised Catholic. I appreciated my birth culture and still consider myself to be culturally Catholic. But as I delved into the Bible more deeply, I found it impossible to reconcile my skepticism and what the church expected us to believe. I tried to find God through other religions and eventually gave up on believing in God entirely. This was a profound and wonderfully transformative experience for me, which deepened my connection to all living things. I did runs of Letting Go of God in Los Angeles and in New York. I directed the film of the stage show. This film was shown on Showtime.
I also wrote a memoir that was published by Simon & Schuster in May of 2013. It’s called: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.