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Julie Klausner

April 25, 2012

Photo by Mindy Tucker

I’ve got to preface this intro by saying that I’m a huge Julie Klausner fan.
As an ardent listener of her podcast, How Was Your Week, I can’t say enough about how motivating it can be to listen to while running three miles on the treadmill. Not really because Julie talks about exercise – she doesn’t actually. Thank heavens. The motivation comes from laughter. The opening theme song, by the illustrious Ted Leo, makes me smile and then Julie comes in welcoming you with her smooth hi and hello – my attitude is immediately adjusted. She meanders through her week and chats you up about a cute dog picture someone emailed her, the latest horrifying moment on the television show Smash, her Red Head Hall of Fame, or who she hate-follows on Twitter. And whether you follow Mario Lopez or not, you suddenly feel in the know about what’s good out in the world. The show features brilliant guests like Amy Poehler, Patton Oswalt, Ira Glass and so many more. Julie is funny, honest, crazy smart and she hates birds. Clearly, my kind of lady.

But see, the podcast isn’t all that she’s got going on. Julie wrote a wildly popular book called I Don’t Care About Your Band that got some attention from Will Ferrell’s and Adam McKay’s production company. She’s written for The New York Times, New York Magazine, McSweeney’s, Salon, The AV Club, Nerve and The Awl too. And she’s got TV staff writing credits up the wazoo. From Funny or Die Presents: Billy On The Street to Robert Smigel’s TV Fun House on SNL, Julie has dipped a toe or two in the comedy writing pool and she’s all the more wise and witty for it.

I want to hang out with Julie Klausner. I want to split a bottle of chardonnay and discuss Bette Midler’s role in Beaches. Okay, two bottles of chardonnay.
Listen to her podcast – you’ll feel the same way. I promise.

1. What is your hometown?

Scarsdale, New York 

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Miss Piggy or “City Sadie” from Big Business

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Bette Midler

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

 Live at Last by Bette Midler

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I just finished–and loved–Dave Cullen’s COLUMBINE. I’m about to start Susan Orlean’s RIN TIN TIN. 

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

The Jesus Christ Superstar Original London Cast Recording, The Divine Miss M by Bette Midler. 

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?


8.  Cat person or dog person?

Both. Bless them. 

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

They should co-exist, ideally, in a person with a good brain and a functional sense of humor. 

10.    How do you define sin?

Hurting others intentionally. 

11.    How do you define virtue?

I try not to. It takes time out from actually doing good. 

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

“Follow @julieklausner on Twitter.” 

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Me, 20 pounds thinner. 

Julie Klausner
How Was Your Week

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