Julia Sweeney is best known for her four hit seasons on Saturday Night Live, which featured her popular character, "Pat." She has also created and starred in three critically acclaimed one-person shows.
Sweeney started her acting career in Los Angeles at The Groundlings Theater, a well-known improvisational and sketch comedy company. While there, she met fellow SNL cast members Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz, and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels tapped her for the late-night show.
In 1994, both Sweeney and her brother Michael were diagnosed with cancer. Her experiences led her to write and star in God Said, “Ha!”, produced by Quentin Tarantino. Sweeney's recording of the monologue earned her a Grammy nomination for best comedy album.
Sweeney's second monologue, In the Family Way, chronicles the adoption of her daughter from China. Her third monologue, Letting Go of God, ran for 10 months to sold-out crowds in Los Angeles before moving on to New York City.
Sweeney worked as a producing consultant on Desperate Housewives, and as a consultant for three seasons on Sex and the City. She also acted in a number of films, including Pulp Fiction, Clockstoppers, Stuart Little, Beethoven 3 & 4, Stuart Saves His Family, and Coneheads. In television, she has appeared regularly on George and Leo, and Maybe It's Me, and guest starred on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Frasier, Mad About You, and Sex and the City, among others.
Sweeney is originally from Spokane, Washington. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, and currently lives near Chicago with her husband and daughter.