Julia Sweeney
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Julia Sweeney
Key Topics:
  • Actress
  • Comedian
  • Monologue
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Bio Info:

    Julia Sweeney is an amazing comedian, best known for her Saturday Night Live performances.

    "God Said, Ha!" played on Broadway at the Lyceum theater in 1996.  Miramax released the film version of the show in 1998 which was produced by Quentin Tarantino.  The CD version of the show was nominated for a Grammy.  More recently she has been consulting on the HBO show, "Sex & the City" and has written and performed two other monologues, and appeared as a guest star in several TV shows and had small parts in a few movies. .
    And yet, Julia Sweeney came to Hollywood not as an actor, but as an accountant.
    The oldest in a family of five children raised in Spokane, Washington, Sweeney quickly found a talent for imitating voices and characters.  Despite successful appearances in high school plays, she decided to put acting aside while she pursued her economic studies at the University of Washington.
    After graduation, Sweeney headed south to Los Angeles to work as an accountant for Columbia Pictures.  Once there, she decided on a whim to sign up for classes with the improvisational comedy troupe, The Groundlings.  It only took one class to convince her that acting was her true calling.  Steadily auditioning, she continued to develop her characters with the troupe such as "Mea," the character that inspired the play "Mea's Big Apology," which won the Best Written Play Award from L.A. Weekly in 1988 and has been developed by Sweeney into a screenplay, and "Pat," an androgynous person whose gender mystified others.  At a Groundlings performance, she was discovered by "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels and tapped for the late-night show, with which she stayed for four hit seasons.

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