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Patricia Marx

Patricia Marx
Visiting Writers Series

Patricia Marx writes comedy because she is too shallow to do anything else. She writes for film and television; she also writes books and magazine pieces. Patricia Marx’s television credits include Saturday Night Live and Rugrats. Among her books are: How To Regain Your Virginity, Blockbuster, You Can Never Go Wrong By Lying, and several children’s books illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, including Now Everybody Really Hates Me and Now I Will Never Leave the Dinner Table. Her book Meet My Staff was the winner of the Friedrich Medal—an award that was invented by Patricia Marx and named after her air-conditioner. The Friedrich Medal has never been received by anyone other than Patricia Marx. Patricia Marx’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vogue, and the Atlantic Monthly. She would rather not talk about her film credits (a view shared, apparently, by various studio executives). Patricia Marx teaches sketch comedy at New York University. She was the first girl on the Harvard Lampoon. She is able to take a baked potato out of the oven with her bare hand. Patricia Marx is the oldest and favorite of three children. She grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia where she attended Abington High School, which, as was pointed out over the PA system every morning, was “First in the alphabet, first in achievement, and first in attitude!” Patricia Marx, usually known as Patty, is neither the Patricia Marx married to Daniel Ellsberg, who changed history when he released the Pentagon Papers; nor is she the ravishing young Brazilian singer Patricia Marx, whose popular albums contain a blend of hip hop, funk, Bossa Nova, and even some terrific make-out music. She would like to be mistaken for either of these women. Because she trusts you, Patricia Marx would like you to know that her banking card password is “BROKE”. For security reasons, we cannot reveal which Patricia Marx we are talking about.