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A Crazy Evening of Comedy and Music

Songwriter Jill Sobule & SNL Alum Julia Sweeney Give a Free Performance at the LPCA

Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobule in The Jill & Julia Show. Photo Courtesy of The Jill & Julia ShowA unique pairing of music and comedy courtesy of singer/songwriter Jill Sobule and comedian Julia Sweeney comes to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) for a special free show on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8pm.

The Jill & Julia Show is an engaging, informal performance that pairs Sobule’s witty songwriting with Sweeney’s hilarious monologues on topics such as love lost and found, love wished for and love taken away, the complicated joys of family, navigating mid-life, and living in this crazy, modern world.

Sobule and Sweeney initially met at a conference in California in 2006; a friendship ensued, leading to the formation of this wacky tour, which has made its way around the country.

The New York Times has hailed Sobule’s work as “grown-up music for an adolescent age”, while the Minneapolis Star Tribune states that “Julia Sweeney can make you laugh about anything.”

Julia Sweeney is regarded as one of the standout cast members of “Saturday Night Live” (1990-1994), where she created the quirky, lovable and androgynous “Pat.” In addition to her “SNL” years, Sweeney performed the critically acclaimed one-woman show, God Said, Ha!, in 1996,which chronicled her brother’s cancer diagnosis, and her experiences as his caretaker. She has written for several TV shows such as “Sex & the City” and “Desperate Housewives” and has appeared in such films as It’s Pat: The Movie, Pulp Fiction and Stuart Little. Her latest book, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother, was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2013.

Jill Sobule’s work has been described as deeply personal and socially conscious while at the same time seriously funny and derisively tragic. The songs on her critically acclaimed albums such as Happy Town (1997) and Underdog Victorious (2004), have covered such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Sobule’s songs are more akin to storytelling, with lyrics that focus on human beings, real and imagined. According to writer Jon Pareles, “Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant… grown-up music for an adolescent age.”

Tickets for The Jill & Julia Show are free, but reservations can be made through the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512.

For more information about the show itself, visit

By The Free George Staff. Photo Courtesy of The Jill & Julia Show.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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