Press Release

March 15, 2023

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Fran Lebowitz brings social insight and satirical comedy to Scottsdale Arts

Fran Lebowitz, author, journalist and social commentator, will take the stage at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on April 7. Photo: Brigitte Lacombe.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On April 7, Fran Lebowitz will share her forthright, yet amusing perspectives of social observations and cultural experiences for a memorable night of comedic storytelling at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Lebowitz stands out for her exceptionally insightful social commentary. Combining insight with her ironic, facetious, deadpan and sarcastic prose, Lebowitz’s performances are recognized for being unapolagetically opinionated and wickedly entertaining.

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.

“Fran Lebowitz is an icon and captures the attention of millennials to baby boomers with her quick wit, fierce opinions, personal style and dry humor,” said Abbey Messmer, programming director at the center. “We are eager to have her back and hear her observations on what’s going on in the world right now.”

About Fran Lebowitz

Not only has Lebowitz achieved success as a social commentator, but she is also revered for her work as an author and journalist.

Celebrated around the globe, in 2021, Lebowitz was given the Forte dei Marmi Festival della Satira Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, she became a Foreign Press Honorary Awardee — an award given by The Association and Club of Foreign Press Correspondents in America.

In addition to her journalistic acclaim, Lebowitz has long been a regular on various talk shows, including those hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Bill Maher. However, true to her duality, her presence also spans multiple documentary films, including the “American Experience” series on New York City, “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 an HBO documentary about Lebowitz titled “Public Speaking.” A limited documentary series, also directed by Scorsese, “Pretend It’s a City,” premiered on Netflix in 2021 and was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series category.

But before her success as an author, journalist and social commentator, 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. Shortly after, she explored a stint at Mademoiselle.

Earning great renown as an author after publishing her first book, a collection of essays titled “Metropolitan Life” that became a bestseller, she published a second collection called “Social Studies.” It, too, was a bestseller.

Her two books are collected in “The Fran Lebowitz Reader,” with a new preface by the author. “The Fran Lebowitz Reader” has been published in nine languages, including French, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. In 2021, it was published for the first time in the United Kingdom — quickly becoming yet another bestseller.

Lebowitz has even made a name for herself as a style icon, being placed in Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 2008.

Event Details

The performance will be held at 8 p.m. April 7 in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, Arizona. Tickets are $35–$65. Visit or call Scottsdale Arts Guest Services at 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

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*News release written by Megan Moore, communications intern, Scottsdale Arts