I’ll be filming my show, “Julia Sweeney: Older & Wider,” in Spokane, WA on March 26, 2022 at The Fox Theater. There will be two shows, one at 4 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. I’ll also be doing 9 preview/workshop shows before filming: 8 in Los Angeles at The Groundlings in their small theater on Saturdays at 5 p.m. between January 8 and March 12, and 1 show in Seattle at The Tractor Tavern, on Sunday, March 20, at 6 p.m.
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Older & Wider
I developed a show called “Julia Sweeney: Older & Wider” in Chicago at Second City in 2018. I’m re-jiggering it a bit and cutting it in length to 75 minutes. If you’ve seen the earlier version, this one will be almost the same, with some differences and some new stories.
Here are some of the reviews I got when I did the show in 2018 and 2019:
“Julia Sweeney is Older & Wider and really, really (really) funny. She remains a full-throttled charmer with the observational skills of Proust.” — Los Angeles Times, reviewed by F. Kathleen Foley
“In Julia Sweeney’s ‘Older & Wider’ the SNL Alum bares her comedy chops and shows they are as sharp as ever. In the parlance of ‘the Biz’ She Slew, She Killed, She Put It Over.” — Broadway World, reviewed by Bobby Patrick
“Julia Sweeney is ‘Older & Wider’ maybe, but funnier and wiser for sure. She puts you in mind of monologists like Spaulding Grey, minus the ego.” — The Chicago Tribune, reviewed by Chris Jones
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Letting Go Of God
To be honest, I think this is my favorite show. It was the hardest one to get right, and it’s a difficult topic.
“Letting Go of God” is about how I let go of god. I was raised Catholic and for the most part, I was a happy believer and felt great affinity and allegiance to my Catholic culture. But then I looked into it, and after much agonizing reflection, I was born again. My eyes were opened, and I saw the world in a scientific, natural way. It was painful and enlightening and had profound effects on how I thought about the world.
Pat was my most famous character on Saturday Night Live. We made a movie based on the character called “It’s Pat!” It got dismal reviews and everyone seemed to hate it. However, I still run into people who love that film. So, go figure. I know this, it was a thrill to make this film. I had a great cast and we laughed a lot.
Saturday Night Live
I was on Saturday Night Live for four and a half years – 1990 to 1994. It was, all-in-all, a great experience. I was so lucky to get cast on that show, it changed my entire life.
When I began taking classes at The Groundlings, in 1984, I was an accountant at Columbia Pictures with no clear intention of being an actress. But I quickly discovered that I had found The Groundlings, my Hollywood home. I co-wrote a play called “Mea’s Big Apology” which I starred in, and which got some amazing reviews. I have great memories of that time.
I feel a deep connection to The Groundlings and am so thankful they’re still going strong.