Fran Lebowitz


Fran Lebowitz Breaks Her Silence Over the Existence of Aliens

For a person who hasn’t released a book since 1981, Fran Lebowitz has found a way to gain new fans doing what she does most/best: talking, be it on talk shows, at colleges, at the 92Y, or whatever the 92Y equivalent is in other cities. Most recently, it was her six-part Martin Scorsese–directed Netflix series, Pretend It’s a City, in which Lebowitz waxes grumpy about how everyone and everything is annoying and, worse yet, it is annoying to her, Fran Lebowitz.
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Fran Lebowitz on what makes New York so damn special

Speaking to celebrated New Yorker Fran Lebowitz over the phone is an experience as hilarious and eye-opening as one would imagine it to be. The 70-year-old author, humorist and public speaker—who has enjoyed a renewed sort of relevance (at least among a younger crowd) smack-dab in the middle of the pandemic thanks to Pretend It's a City, the Martin Scorsese-directed Netflix documentary in which the two muse about life in New York—is as insightful, intelligent and as belligerently funny as her writing has always indicated.
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Fran Lebowitz Talks Touring, Vaccines & Taylor Swift's Re-Recordings

Celebrated humorist, author and public speaker Fran Lebowitz is currently in the midst of a career resurgence. Known for writing two beloved books (1978's Metropolitan Life and 1981's Social Studies), Lebowitz has famously struggled with what she dubs a "writer's blockade" since. Refocusing her attention on a career in public speaking, Lebowitz has provided ongoing fodder for director Martin Scorsese, starting with the 2010 documentary Public Speaking and continuing this year when Lebowitz and Scorsese reunited for the popular Netflix docuseries Pretend It's a City. A love letter to New York, the six episodes focus on everything from music to reading, introducing Lebowitz's refreshingly curmudgeon point of view to a whole new audience.
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‘Pretend it’s a City’ cinematographer Ellen Kuras tells how Fran Lebowitz destroyed part of an art exhibit during filming [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Ellen Kuras had never been to the Queens Museum prior to filming “Pretend it’s a City,” but Martin Scorsese wanted to shoot at the museum’s infamous Panorama of the City of New York, a massive scale model of the city. “The whole thing about that is that it is so delicate and fragile that when we first started going out and we started filming, we couldn’t put our cameras out in the middle. We had to put them on the very end,” Kuras tells Gold Derby in our Meet the Experts: Television Documentary panel (watch the exclusive video interview above). Shooting with Scorsese and Fran Lebowitz, Kuras was unprepared for what followed. “Fran comes up through the Verrazanos and comes all the way up and as it turns out, she ended up stepping over the Manhattan Bridge and knocks over the Manhattan Bridge!”
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Fran Lebowitz Says Good Riddance to Trump: He ‘Never Deserved New York’

This story about Fran Lebowitz and “Pretend It’s a City” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Fran Lebowitz has been a chronicler, raconteur, eloquent grouch and professional New Yorker for decades now, and the 71-year-old writer is on full display in “Pretend It’s a City,” a Netflix documentary series from her longtime friend Martin Scorsese. Drawn from conversations with Scorsese as well as footage of Lebowitz dating back to the 1970s, it’s a sardonic portrait of a woman who can’t stop complaining about the place where she lives, but would never consider living anywhere else.
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Fran Lebowitz thinks weed has actually become mandatory in New York City

New York legalized recreational marijuana March 31 for adults 21 years or older, and Fran Lebowitz noticed an immediate difference while walking the streets of New York City. "I haven't taken drugs since I was 19, but I don't care what other people do at all," the 70-year-old explained on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. "But it does seem to me since it was legalized for recreational use—I love that term, recreational use—it seems that it wasn't just legalized; it seems it was made mandatory."
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Fran Lebowitz and Ziwe Are a Match Made in Prickly Interview Heaven

The Fran Lebowitz renaissance, which began at the top of the year in Netflix’s Pretend It’s a City, just got a boost from Ziwe. On Sunday night, cultural commentator and author Lebowitz appeared on the inaugural episode of the comedian’s eponymous Showtime series—thanks, Lebowitz noted at the beginning of the interview, to the relentless pursuit of one of Ziwe’s producers. “Shout-out to the persistence of women of color,” Ziwe declared. “Or any persistence,” Lebowitz retorted—signaling the tit-for-tat nature of the interview to come, which spanned topics from affirmative action to Barack Obama’s presidency and asking to speak to the manager at Whole Foods.
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Ziwe Puts Karens and White Feminism on Blast, Turns to Fran Lebowitz and Gloria Steinem for Answers

Fran Lebowitz and Gloria Steinem are not Karens. And they are not among the 55 percent of white women who voted for Trump in 2020, either. But in the same way that people of color are sometimes asked to explain the misdeeds of their brethren, the eponymous host of Ziwe (Showtime’s new chat and sketch show debuting Sunday at 11/10c) challenges the feminist thought leaders to break down white women’s racial privilege. Their answers, in turn, create a back-and-forth that is sometimes funny, occasionally awkward and always thought-provoking.
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Fran Lebowitz Joins Bill Maher on This Week’s “Real Time”

Bill Maher’s opened this week’s episode of Real Time with a series of bits surveying national news, from Earth Day to the potential of DC statehood. Before long, though, he quickly moved to subjects closer to home — namely, all things Californian. Following his take on this year’s Oscar nominees from earlier in the month, Maher again riffed on the subject. (“You’ve heard of #MeToo? This is #MeNeither.”) He also took aim at the location of this year’s ceremony, Union Station. (“Nothing says glamour like coming to a train station to cheer on a movie about date rape.”)
Beauty & FashionThe Guardian

For effortless style, let Fran Lebowitz be your guide

Television has been my surrogate social life for the past year, so all my style icons have been sourced via the small screen. Emily In Paris’s boss Sylvie gave excellent haughty French chic, at a time when I was watching fashion week on my laptop and pining for days ogling French Vogue editors across the catwalk. And Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek is to the incoming roaring 20s what Daisy Buchanan was to the last time around, mark my words.
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Fran Lebowitz Is an Iconic Guest in Ziwe’s New Trailer

Ziwe Fumudoh just dropped the trailer for her self-titled Showtime variety show, and it definitely takes her hilariously deadpan viral videos to a new level. But we do get a glimpse of a few iconic guests taking the hot seat opposite Ziwe and her I-can't-believe-you-just-said-that interview questions: Fran Lebowitz, Julio Torres, Eboni K. Williams and Search Party's Cole Escola (who is also on the show's writing team, alongside Michelle Davis, Jamund Washington and Jordan Mendoza.)
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Fran Lebowitz Has All the Answers

If New York City was a person, it would probably be Fran Lebowitz. The ultra-opinionated author of Social Studies and Metropolitan Life moved to NYC at age 19, and has been serving up witty, hilarious and insightful commentary on life ever since. She can be seen these days in Pretend It's a City, a seven-part Netflix series which features Lebowitz doing what she does best: having conversations about NYC, in this case with Director Martin Scorsese.