Who's afraid of Fran Lebowitz? | all about women 2018

  • Published on Mar 16, 2018
  • Celebrated author, humourist and contrarian Fran Lebowitz, beloved for her sardonic brand of cultural commentary, brought her bracing wit to Sydney Opera House's All About Women Festival for an evening of candid conversation about cultural nostalgia. Lebowitz is in conversation with Josh Zepps.
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Comments • 396

  • Lois Cassels
    Lois Cassels 24 days ago

    I thought i was the only person in the universe without a cell phone.

  • lapuchca
    lapuchca 24 days ago

    Lol hi from Indiana, some of us are lovely ppl. I really enjoy ur views

  • S A
    S A 28 days ago

    Why is Fran so famous?

  • Ryan Skelton
    Ryan Skelton 28 days ago

    I saw her on the 6 train once and she sat down beside me. I became so nervous trying to formulate a quick statement about how her commentary on how the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s ruined art and culture(because the most talented ppl were the ppl who got laid a lot and this died of AIDS.) blew my mind. I said that to her and she said “I can’t hear you”. 😂😂😂 ....I repeated it, and she simply said thank you. I then got off the train 2 stops before I planned to so I could go out on a high note. Love her so much.

  • mensabs
    mensabs Month ago

    She and Susan Sontag were my favorite authors.

    • Keith Nichols
      Keith Nichols 3 days ago

      That's a bit amusing, since I believe Fran isn't too impressed with Sontag's originality.

  • colette s
    colette s Month ago +2

    Her hatred of President Trump is irrational. Intelligent people waited to see what he would do
    and what we found is he has done nothing wrong, and his work is good to excellent. Now, his personality, his speeches, some of the stuff he says is worthy of criticism....however....the good he has done for America far outweighs his verbal flubs. After a smooth talking President who gutted America and did a horrible job, I sure the hell can stand having the opposite now. It boils down to do we want a trained actor or a prolific worker?

  • colette s
    colette s Month ago +1

    Her hatred of President Trump is irrational. Intelligent people waited to see what he would do
    and what we found is he has done nothing wrong, and his work is good to excellent. Now, his personality, his speeches, some of the stuff he says is worthy of criticism....however....the good he has done for America far outweighs his verbal flubs. After a smooth talking President who gutted America and did a horrible job, I sure the hell can stand having the opposite now. It boils down to do we want a trained actor or a prolific worker?

  • Timothy Lee
    Timothy Lee Month ago

    blablabla don't be my friend blablabla

  • Poemsapennyeach
    Poemsapennyeach Month ago

    Brilliant. Enjoyed every moment of the wonderful Fran and excellent host.

  • Yo mama
    Yo mama Month ago


  • rik Basye
    rik Basye Month ago

    I am sorry, I really am but this woman is simply bat shit crazy

  • Yorda Lyn
    Yorda Lyn Month ago

    I really like her. However I don't understand her comment about Deneuve. Deneuve and others opinon was to wait for the courts to decide. Meaning push it until these men were held accountable by a court of law and not for this movement to be a fad. Also not for it to be used a revenge instrument.

  • Northern Bohemian Realist

    Socrates of our time.
    For longtime fans, the fact that she left New York, even for a day, is unbelievable.

  • Molly McNeilly
    Molly McNeilly Month ago

    Hi Fran! Palm Springs, Max's place.

  • David Carpenter
    David Carpenter Month ago +1

    Ironic, Lebowitz complaining about Trump being a narcissist. This from a woman who admits to having no self-doubt whatsoever, and no question about the correctness of her views.

    • Paul Meleng
      Paul Meleng Month ago

      Not the same thing. Narcissist needs constant stroking. Self assurance is just a real intelligence allowed to be and to think. Doesn't need.

  • Deb InPEI
    Deb InPEI Month ago

    Texting vs speaking on a call? Spot on 🤟🤣💜

  • Elle Bee
    Elle Bee Month ago +1

    Refreshing. Sums it up. Thanks Sis! 💯✔💙

  • 2Uahoj
    2Uahoj Month ago

    Praying she accepts Jesus and radically changes her lifestyle.

  • Thomas Paine
    Thomas Paine Month ago

    A voice lower than any truck driver....

  • Thomas Paine
    Thomas Paine Month ago +1

    Wimmin have been broken since 1980, like lots of other things, thanks to Reagan. And thanks to Nixon's War on Drugs. Sad it had to happen in my lifetime....

  • Minnie Venkat
    Minnie Venkat Month ago

    She is against all conformists except she takes issue with the biggest conformist thing of all things- the obsession with keeping time. More people confirm to it than anything else. Also this tirade against lateness is rather banal and hardly takes any smarts or individuality. In fact it requires you to submit to a artificial construct and urgency that serves only itself. Kindness Fran, kindness. That takes assessing people and situations individually and subjectively. Maybe you can try that!

  • cajan tube
    cajan tube Month ago

    She's amazing, I'm laughing out loud!

  • California Girl
    California Girl Month ago

    People like Fran made Trump election possible.

    • Ryan Skelton
      Ryan Skelton 28 days ago +1

      California Girl not enough people like Fran made it possible dear.

  • mathew buckley
    mathew buckley Month ago +1

    It’s funny seeing this over a year latter, is that this woman has been wrong about everything. That’s the number 1 reason I like Trump, all these experts with their predictions about the future under His leadership and not 1 has been right. These people are jokes.

  • Thomas De Lello
    Thomas De Lello Month ago +1

    Isn't it amazing how opinionated useless people can be.

    • Thomas Dyer
      Thomas Dyer Month ago

      Said only by a man, because you may feel useless yourself!

  • William Jones
    William Jones Month ago

    Great closing line

  • enter a name here
    enter a name here Month ago

    Fran lebowitz cares about Fran lebowitz. People need to understand that. She’s a narcissist. Her social commentary on people she doesn’t understand is something that should be heard?

    • Ryan Skelton
      Ryan Skelton 26 days ago

      mike parker loving the squalor of New York City still after 11yrs even if it is more dull.

    • mike parker
      mike parker 27 days ago

      @Ryan Skelton Blatantly obvious lies that further an insane agenda isn't observation. She was an early tool of the progressive movement and was paid very well to set the groundwork for the enslavement of humanity. Good job hero worshiping someone who despised you so much she accepted checks to ensure you someday live in squalor.

    • Ryan Skelton
      Ryan Skelton 28 days ago

      Yes because she can articulate what she thinks via the written and spoken word. She is doing what a great speaker and writer does. She observes people first then...comments. If you can do it well, we will read and listen to what you have observed.

    • mike parker
      mike parker Month ago

      Yea...like all libtards her understanding of human nature is utterly non existent...but her "witticisms" make her appear knowledgeable to the most vapid and least creative among us. Pathetic really.

  • JanusAtTheGate
    JanusAtTheGate Month ago

    I love you, Fran. You go against the grain.

  • GGR TheMostGodless
    GGR TheMostGodless Month ago +1

    She is so flippant and arrogant she seems stupid with all her solutions for New York and the middle east.

  • major houlihan
    major houlihan Month ago +1

    1:03:00- tongue in deep fran cheek fran moment --""

  • Age is only a number

    Some of us Southerners are liberal Independents and MANY of us rail against almost all of what Fran says about us here. I love her, but she is painting us all with the red brush when a fair number of are blue to our core.

    • Keith Nichols
      Keith Nichols 5 days ago

      Perhaps her criticism would have been more apt in previous centuries, and in fact, she relies on many generalities the people in the targeted groups will find a bit too broad.

  • Kristine Willems
    Kristine Willems Month ago

    The person who did the intro is one of the most humbling man I ever watched and doing this without losing his masculinity. "Fran?" 😃

  • Barbara Brennan
    Barbara Brennan Month ago

    Did Fran take Latin ?

  • ManInTheBigHat
    ManInTheBigHat Month ago +1

    I love how now this 'we're guilty people standing on the bloodied land of the first people thing is a simple 5 second long obligatory preamble. It's meaningless and now it's given a meaningless, polite moment.

    • d d
      d d 5 days ago

      How is acknowledgement of first peoples meaningless?

  • Carmen R
    Carmen R Month ago +1

    I would trade my Mom in for Fran Liebowitz. I had her (Fran's) book "Metropolitan Life" in the 70's.

  • Barbara Danley
    Barbara Danley Month ago

    Mean spirited and an ugly attitude.

  • Di42
    Di42 Month ago

    (39:00) The phenomenal wit and intelligence of Fran Lebowitz brazenly takes the occupant in the white house down. Marvelous!

  • W Brown
    W Brown 2 months ago

    People played games before phones. Way back in the day people played cards, etc. Phones didn't start this urge.

    • Keith Nichols
      Keith Nichols 5 days ago

      Most competitive games required at least two participants and were largely recreational. Cell-phone games are mostly solitary and thus aren't really competitive. Plus they occupy our minds even during non-recreational times.

  • jennifer williams
    jennifer williams 2 months ago +3

    She is my soulmate....I have finally found my verbal brain

  • Tommy Truth
    Tommy Truth 2 months ago +2

    I love this lady....”Women need to choose career over family...they can’t have both”......you know some women are crazy over that comment.

    • Tommy Truth
      Tommy Truth 26 days ago

      Barbara Brennan I suppose after you’re done with the family thing you can pursue a career. I think Fran was saying women can’t usually do both well. There are exceptions that prove every rule.
      With your bizarre attitude, Im not sure many men would let you attach yourself. Im sure a few of them would lay you out of pity because you definitely sound like you need the “D”.

    • Barbara Brennan
      Barbara Brennan 27 days ago

      And what about after family.? Is career then possible or are we then to attach to the nearest man which is apparently what is being thrown my way.

  • Tommy Truth
    Tommy Truth 2 months ago

    Fran says “Its important to let Nazis speak”....that is now a conservative position. Wtf is happening in this world?...How did conservatives become the adults in the room?

    • Keith Nichols
      Keith Nichols 5 days ago

      The idea behind letting Nazis speak has been that it will expose their nuttiness, and they will be ridiculed and rejected. However, in today's politics, it almost seems as if their nuttiness is what endears them to some folks.

  • Tommy Truth
    Tommy Truth 2 months ago

    Strange.....Fran is basically conservative. “Talent is random”....that’s not very modern liberal thought.

    • Keith Nichols
      Keith Nichols 5 days ago

      It's neither liberal nor conservative-it's just true.

  • HeyShar
    HeyShar 2 months ago

    I have loved her since first hearing her years ago.

  • mck2021
    mck2021 2 months ago


  • Brandon Fernandez
    Brandon Fernandez 2 months ago

    Fran 2020

  • roberta peck
    roberta peck 2 months ago

    Fran is interesting to listen to, but she is unfortunately delusionally wrong about Donald Trump

  • Claire West
    Claire West 2 months ago +1

    I love it when she goes on Bill Maher's show - she is the only one he'll take shit from. It's a riot to watch, his obvious affection for her.

  • Donna Stephenson
    Donna Stephenson 2 months ago

    Fran is foreshadowing today 8/6/19. El Paso and Dayton.

  • lulolancey
    lulolancey 2 months ago +2

    At old age Fran looks like George Burns.

  • martha monson
    martha monson 2 months ago

    Men never have to work out domestic life, this is why our nation is does not smile, Domestic Malcontent: quick resolve ; Domestic Policy: nature of necessary truth or. absolute certainty is the asking to call on for an answer and presently Domestic Malcontent is service under the dome.

  • sudburyhouse
    sudburyhouse 2 months ago

    Hey, a microphone for the audience would have been smart!

  • Lynne Barnes
    Lynne Barnes 2 months ago +2

    Love Fran, but, she is wrong about Trump, he is not the problem, hr is a symptom of the problem, which is the corrupt oligarchy of the USA.

  • John Tao
    John Tao 2 months ago +1

    Fran at 2:15

  • Neatriz Areco
    Neatriz Areco 2 months ago

    Being offended, is just not sufficient.... 💙💗💜👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • Lees706
    Lees706 3 months ago +1

    I love how President Trump is making the Liberals so crazy! Fran why do you hate him so much? President Trump is the greatest POTUS America has ever had

    • Keith Nichols
      Keith Nichols 5 days ago

      Oh, come now! No prez can be evaluated fully while still in office. And it's not likely that a mentally deranged con artist with no understanding of history, statecraft, or international relations can emerge as the best.

  • jjammin1812
    jjammin1812 3 months ago

    Fran Lebowitz . . . one of the women NOT WORTH LISTENING TO!

  • D Stuart
    D Stuart 3 months ago +1

    In an ideal world, people will stop thinking dying their hair looks good and makes them look younger. It doesn't. No 70 year old person has jet black hair--it's just plain tacky. But, I love Fran.

  • R J
    R J 3 months ago

    Why is everyone so obsessed with what this secret transgender has to say on behalf of women? Why deceit is ok? I don't go round claiming I can speak for men, because I'm not physically a man. Did "she" even get castrated or just cross-dressing?

    • Fernstead
      Fernstead 3 months ago +1

      Transgenders actually claim to be the opposite sex in the wrong body. Cross-dressers are a different thing entirely. Women who wear whatever they like and don't worry about it are just women who please themselves.

  • Jean Adams
    Jean Adams 3 months ago

    I love her so much! I may love her slightly less because she doesn't like dogs, but that's like a drop in the ocean. Other than that, I completely agree with her opinions on just about everything.

    • Keith Nichols
      Keith Nichols 5 days ago

      Fran doesn't dislike dogs-she's indifferent toward them-she just doesn't want them, or other animals, near her. About children, she just doesn't think we need any new ones.

  • Texas Chainsaw Jesus
    Texas Chainsaw Jesus 3 months ago

    I have to agree with Fran about dogs. My beef really is the the owners. On the property where I live, dog owners let their dogs shit anywhere they want, and won't pick it up. As a result, you can't walk in the green areas, cuz there's dog shit everywhere.