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Julia Sweeney is a well-known actress and comedian, best recognized for her four seasons on Saturday Night Live and her notable portrayal of “Pat” on the show. Additionally, she is celebrated for her highly acclaimed one-woman performances, including “God Said Ha!,” “Family Life,” and “God Free.” “God Said Ha!” was even performed on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in 1996 and later released as a film by Miramax in 1998, produced by Quentin Tarantino.
Julia initially launched her career with The Groundlings Theatre, a prominent improv comedy sketch company in Los Angeles, where she crossed paths with SNL cast members Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz. This eventually led to an invitation from SNL producer Lorne Michaels to join the cast of the show. Following her time on SNL, Julia returned to Los Angeles and directed one of her most popular roles in the feature film “It’s Pat.” Despite its lackluster box office performance, the movie still boasts a significant fan base.
In 1994, Julia and her brother Michael were both diagnosed with cancer, which inspired her to create and star in “God Said Ha!” The film adaptation was produced by Quentin Tarantino and distributed theatrically by Miramax, earning The Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director. Sweeney’s recording of the show even garnered her a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album.
Julia’s subsequent one-woman performances, including “In The Family Way” and “Letting Go of God,” have been well-received by audiences and critics alike. She performed “In The Family Way” with an original score by Anthony Marinelli for the Hollywood Bowl in 2006, and “Letting Go of God” sold out at the Hudson Backstage Theater in Los Angeles for ten months before moving to the Ars Nova Theater in New York City. The latter show was also filmed by her own production company, Indefatigable, Inc.
In addition to her work on stage and screen, Julia has also served as a production consultant on popular shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Sex and the City” for several seasons.