Julia Sweeney

Alumni

Julia Sweeney is best known for her four hit seasons on Saturday Night Live and her most popular character while on that show: "Pat," as well as her critically acclaimed one-person-shows, God Said Ha!, In The Family Way, and Letting Go of God. God Said Ha! played on Broadway at the Lyceum theater in 1996 and was released as a Miramax film, produced by Quentin Tarantino, in 1998. Letting Go of God was filmed by Julia's own production company, Indefatigable, Inc. It has been bought by Showtime for a cable release in 2009. Currently the DVD of Letting Go of God is being sold on Amazon.com.

Julia started her acting career out in Los Angeles at The Groundlings Theater, a well known improvisational and sketch comedy company. It was there that she met fellow SNL cast members Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz, and where Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels tapped her for the late-night show. Sweeney spun one of her most popular characters into the feature film It's Pat, and after leaving Saturday Night Live, she moved back to Los Angeles. The film was a flop at the box office, but still has some fans who like it nonetheless.

After moving back to L.A. in 1994, Julia's brother Michael was diagnosed with cancer, and so was she. Her experiences led her to write and star in God Said, 'Ha!' Produced by Quentin Tarantino and released theatrically by Miramax, the film version of the play earned the Golden Space Needle Award for best directing, while Sweeney's recording earned her a Grammy nomination for best comedy album.

Sweeney's second monologue, In The Family Way chronicles the adoption of her daughter from China. This show played in New York City at the Ars Nova Theater as well as in Los Angeles at the Groundlings Theater. In the summer of 2006, Julia was asked by the Hollywood Bowl to perform In The Family Way with a new original score written especially for her show by Anthony Marinelli, and this was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Sweeney's third monologue, Letting Go of God ran for ten months to sold out crowds at the Hudson Backstage Theater in Los Angeles, and then also played in New York City at the Ars Nova Theater. This show has earned her the best reviews she has ever gotten for her stage work. This monologue has also been made into a film, but this time by Julia's own production company, Indefatigable, Inc.

In the meantime, and along the way, Julia has worked as a producing consultant on Desperate Housewives and she was a consultant for three seasons on Sex & the City. She has also worked as an actress in film, in Pulp Fiction, Clockstoppers, Stuart Little, Beethoven 3 & 4, Stuart Saves his Family, Coneheads, among others. In television she has been a series regular on George and Leo, and Maybe It's Me as well as making guest starring appearances on 3rd Rock From The Sun, Frasier, Mad About You and Sex and the City, among others.

Julia is originally from Spokane, Washington and she attended the University of Washington in Seattle.

Julia married in 2008 and currently lives near Chicago with her husband and daughter.




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