I did a search and didn’t see anything else about this, but I am fairly lousy at searching, so please, if there’s another thread about this, point me to it.
Anybody else heard (or better, seen) this monologue? I first became aware of it when I heard an excerpt on the public radio show “This American Life” ( www.thislife.org episode 290, “Godless America”) and laughed my ass off.
Julia Sweeney is probably best known for her years on Saturday Night Live, especially for her character androgynous Pat.
I really started to appreciate her when I saw “God Said Ha!” a one woman show I’d been hearing about for years that is now available on DVD. That was the story of how her brother got cancer, came to live with her, her parents came to live with her, then she got cancer. Surprisingly hilarious given the subject matter
When I heard the excerpt of “Letting Go of God” on This American Life I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard. Being a erstwhile religion major I could really appreciate her take on (among other things ) the Mormons who came to her door, the shocking stories found in the Old Testament and the angry Jesus she encountered when she took the time to actually read the bible ("well if no one can understand your parables…then stop teaching in parables! Even your staff doesn’t get them!)
So I ran to her site to see if there was a DVD of the whole thing. There wasn’t. But it was due to come out on CD sometime soon, so I kept checking back at the site whenever the thought would float through my mind
so I finally got it! And it’s great, more than an hour, less than two I think. It’s a story that begins with her rededicating herself to Catholicism (because of the Mormons), reading the whole Bible and being shocked, going on to slowly lose her faith while stopping off in the New Age and Buddhishm. You dopers are gonna love it! Go get it!
(and I also picked up her other CD of her monologue “In the Family Way” about adopting her daughter, which was very funny too)