Catch a Conversation with Fran Lebowitz in Boston

Monday November 29, 2021

Fran Lebowitz
Fran Lebowitz  

Catch Fran Lebowitz at the Colonial Theater on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at Boston's Colonial Theatre.

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media — as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. Lebowitz worked odd jobs, such as taxi driving, belt peddling, and apartment cleaning ("with a small specialty in Venetian blinds"), before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. That was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book, a collection of essays titled "Metropolitan Life," was a bestseller, as was a second collection, "Social Studies." By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan ,sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz's prose is wickedly entertaining. Her two books are collected in the "Fran Lebowitz Reader," with a new preface by the author. Lebowitz is also the author of the children's book, "Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas."

Between 2001 to 2007, Lebowitz had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama "Law & Order." She also had a part in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013). A raconteur if ever there was one, Lebowitz has long been a regular on various talk shows including those hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Bill Maher. In an interview with the Paris Review, Lebowitz said "I'm not a nervous person. I'm not afraid to be on TV. I'm only afraid when I write. When I'm at my desk I feel like most people would feel if they went on TV." She can also be seen in various documentary films including the American Experience series on New York City, as well as "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures" (2016), "Regarding Susan Sontag" (2014), and "Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol" (1990), among others. In 2010 Martin Scorsese directed a documentary about Lebowitz for HBO titled "Public Speaking." A new limited documentary series, "Pretend It's a City," also directed by Martin Scorsese, premiered on Netflix January 8, 2021.

Join In "Conversation at the Colonial" following Lebowitz's Netflix special with Martin Scorsese "Pretend It's a City." A limited documentary series, "Pretend It's a City" was nominated for the 2021 Emmys in the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series category. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an "important humorist in the classic tradition." Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.
 
Tickets start at $35.75 and are available at this link.