Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.
"A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.
"Resonated Big Time"
Since her time on Saturday Night Live, where she created the infamous androgynous character "Pat", Julia Sweeney has gone on to establish herself as a witty, captivating performer of one-woman shows, like God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God. She gave a TED talk sharing how she explained the birds and the bees to her eight-year-old daughter, Mulan, which ignited an incredible response. Now, when it comes to talking about motherhood, people want to hear what Julia has to say.
"I Love Julia Sweeney"
These hilarious standup comedy performances from the Un-Cabaret are all about work. Stories of embezzlement, existential dread, and Hollywood horror are just some of the benefits of being on the job with these inspired comic storytellers.
Julia went to Vegas for the film festival, but she stayed for the lap dance.
Julia goes wild in Ireland and lives in Greece on $1 a day.
Julia takes a marathon bike ride into the mountains of Morocco and rediscovers the joys of a furtive hand on the knee, courtesy of the other tour guide.
Julia experiences the struggle for survival in nature and class struggle with her fellow travelers.
Julia Sweeney went to Vegas for the film festival, but she stayed for the lap dance.
Julia loses herself in the desert of Morocco and reclaims her sexuality, despite a chafing camel ride and a misfire with one of the tour guides.
Before Julia gave up on God and embraced atheism, she was on a desperate search for the right venue for her spirituality - as you'll hear in this hilarious and heartfelt performance.
These inspired standup performances feature stories about being sort-of famous. Take an epic journey to the Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Show and into the depths of Julia Sweeney's soul. Watch Dana Gould get his pilot tested. Plus great snapshots of near-fame from Bobcat Goldthwait, Beth Lapides, and a gem of a song from Andy Dick with music by Andras Jones (we think).
Julia goes to cooking school in Mexico, learns to make mole using stone age tools and that she shouldn't take travel advice from some random woman on a treadmill.
Take a correspondence course in comedy with Julia Sweeney as she tries to deal with a spurned lover long-distance, and Beth Lapides and Sue Murphy get mail that really pushes the envelope.
Julia Sweeney goes biking in Ecuador, earns the best massage of her life, and goes scuba swimming with dolphins.
Julia's travel rampage continues with a trip to the Galapgos, with side trips into the politics of evolution, a brief debate about astrology with Beth, and how to deal with a crazy fellow traveler.
These high-impact standup performances are all about violence. On the screen, in their dreams, and in their living rooms, these insightful comedians take a licking and keep on kicking whether they're getting advice from action-film master John Woo, confronting vicious dogs, or getting firebombed by terrorists!
Julia Sweeney reveals the dark secret of her Grandma's piano and has an encounter with an apocalyptic piano tuner, then goes on to visit a dog show and coin a new holiday: "Single Day."