Frannie Sheridan

from “‘Never Tell Anyone’—A Comedienne Breaks Her Family Taboo”

Her stand-up shtick blows her traumatized family’s “Catholic” cover. Fear and fury ensue. [Fall 2014] 

I grew up in a picture-postcard-perfect family. My six siblings and I lived in a nice, middle-class, largely Christian neighborhood in Ottawa, Canada. My lovely German mother wore her blue-black hair atop her head in Rita Hayworth-style rolls; my brilliant Viennese father was an eye surgeon with two practices. We went to St. Basil’s Church every Sunday, religiously.

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