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Julia Sweeney Discovers Comedy in Tragedy

The former Saturday Night Live performer was best known for, Pat, the gender-ambiguous character. Sweeney took the character the big screen, but the result was a flop. When her brother was diagnosed with cancer, she took him into her home to take care of him while he was getting treatment. Her parents also moved in. Sweeney began work on a performance piece as a way to deal with the situation. Her brother eventually died, and she herself was diagnosed with cancer. She's now in remission. Sweeney's one woman show is called "God Said, Ha!"

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Other segments from the episode on November 20, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 20, 1996: Interview with Julia Sweeney; Review of Fluffy's album "Black Eye."

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