Julia Sweeney once played androgynous Pat on Saturday Night Live. You remember Pat. Pat was hilarious.
Now, Julia is touring with her one-woman show called Letting Go of God, a monologue about how she went from being a Catholic to being an atheist. The first part of it can be seen here (from the recent TED conference):
I’ve said this during a number of speeches in the past year, but this is one of the best examples of Positive Atheism I’ve ever seen. Really. You could take your devoutly religious family to the show and not be afraid of their reactions. They may still disagree with her decision to become an atheist, but it’d be difficult to dislike her because of it. She’s that good at talking through her thought process. She’s also someone who doesn’t harbor resentment against the religion she was raised with.
Plus, there is a great jab at Deepak Chopra in the show. Because he’s full of &*@#.
Julia can be heard as the Not-My-Job guest on Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! this weekend on national NPR affiliates.
And she can be seen in Chicago this Friday the 13th (ironically enough) at 7:00 pm (CST) and Saturday the 14th at 3:00 pm (CST) at the Lakeshore Theater.
Tickets are $25. And they are so very, very worth it. If you want tickets or more information, go here.
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