Lots of people have strong opinions. But few have earned the right to them like Fran Lebowitz. The writer, author and cultural satirist is coming to Australia in February 2024 for three in conversation-style shows across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. And you can bet she's bringing her signature facetious and withering commentary with her.
For those who first encountered Lebowitz during the pandemic when her show Pretend It's A City, directed by Martin Scorsese, was all anyone was watching on Netflix, her presence is a long time coming. For others who came across Lebowitz through her writing, be it Metropolitan Life or her stint at Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, no doubt you'll want to pick up tickets too.
A living time capsule of New York City, Lebowitz is never sentimental about the past but calls upon it with wry realism (she never liked Warhol or thought he was that clever). Attendees can expect candid observations about modern life, gender, race, gay rights, technology, along with titbits about New York in the 70s and more. After all, Lebowitz is known more so now as a public speaker than a writer, given her famous decades-long writer's block.
There will also be an opportunity to stick up your hand and ask Lebowitz some questions of your own (and we mean questions, not long-winded statements!) with an extended 60 minutes of dedicated question time scheduled for each show.
Lebowitz will kick off her Australian tour at Sydney Opera House on February 13, before continuing to QPAC Brisbane on February 15, and finishing off the shows at Hamer Hall in Melbourne on February 18. If you're looking to snap up tickets to An Evening With Fran Lebowitz, they're currently on sale at each venue's respective website. I would advise you get in quick, as they're days away from selling out.