An intimate evening of songs, comedy and social commentary
Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney
THE JILL AND JULIA SHOW. Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney team up for a delightful, informal set that pairs Jill's witty songwriting with Julia's wildly funny monologues for a show about love lost and found, love wished for and love taken away, the complicated joys of family, navigating mid-life, and a bit of social commentary about living in our crazy, modern world. The New York times hails Jill Sobule's work as "grown-up music for an adolescent age" and the Minneapolis Star Tribune says "Julia Sweeney can make you laugh about anything."
Julia, best known for her four-year run on Saturday Night Live along with her monologues "God Said Ha" and "Letting Go of God", and Jill, whose five critically acclaimed albums include one of the first fan-funded albums in music history, met in 2006 at a TED conference in Monterey. Confessing that they were mutual fans of one another, the two struck up a friendship. At one of Jill's solo concert gigs, Jill invited Julia onstage to tell a story and that evening sparked the idea for what would eventually become The Jill and Julia Show.
Since then, the two have been performing and touring together across the country, and in 2013, they released their first concert recording of the show, filmed live at Evanston SPACE in Illinois.
Jill Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Over five albums and a decade of recording, the Denver-born songwriter/guitarist/singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Did we mention love? Love found, love lost, love wished for and love taken away.
While her songs cover a huge amount of ground, they all have benefit greatly from Jill's subtle intelligence and skillful light-handedness. No sloganeering flag-and-fist waving here, but rather story songs about human beings, real and imagined, which allow us to step back from the issue, be it personal or social, and relate to it as we would a close friend.
To see Jill live and in concert is a rare treat. It is on stage that she is most comfortable, most powerful, and where the delicacy and range of her work can be best appreciated. She entertains, amuses, provokes, and more often then not, takes her audiences on an emotional roller coaster, from comedy to pathos in a few bars of music. www.jillsobule.com
Julia Sweeney is best known for her four seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” (1990 – 1994) in which her most famous character was androgynous “Pat.” She is also known for her critically acclaimed one-woman monologues, “God Said, Ha!” and “Letting Go of God.”
“God Said, Ha!” played on Broadway at the Lyceum theater in 1996. This show chronicled Julia’s brother Michaels’ diagnosis with cancer, and her experiences as his caretaker. During this time, Julia was also diagnosed with cancer. 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. “Letting Go of God” also was performed in New York and Los Angeles. It was made into a film, which aired on Showtime. This show is about Julia’s search for a God she can believe in.
Julia has worked as a writer on several TV shows including “Sex & the City” and “Desperate Housewives.” She has also appeared in several TV shows including “Fraiser” and “Sex & the City” and in many films, including “It’s Pat: The Movie” “Pulp Fiction” and “Stuart Little” as well as the mother in “Beethoven 3” and “Beethoven 4.”
Julia’s book, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother” was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2013. She is the voice of Mrs. Squiggles in the recently released Pixar movie, “Monsters University.” And she is at work on another book, “My Beautiful Loss- of-Faith Story: A Catholic Girl Goes Rogue” as well as the screenplay for her first directorial effort, a feature film entitled “Fork.” Julia lives just outside Chicago in Wilmette, IL with her husband and daughter. www.juliasweeney.com