No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. He joins us for a discussion of his new book Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. Town Hall invites you to a conversation with Waters, joined onstage by writer David Schmader, that spans the breadth of his incredible and eclectic knowledge, fielding questions of every variety and exploring the idiosyncrasies of life.
In Mr. Know-It-All, he offers insight on everything under the sun: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and even how to cheat death. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: “Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all.” Listen in for a deep conversation drawing on a lifetime of experience from a master of transgressive film.
John Waters is a film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, and visual artist. His books Role Models and Carsick were major national bestsellers, and his spoken-word shows This Filthy World and A John Waters Christmas continue to be performed around the world.
David Schmader served as a writer and editor of The Stranger, writing the column “Last days: The Week in Review” and in 2016 he began writing for CityArts. He has publicly performed at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, On the Boards, Intiman Theater, and Bumbershoot Arts Festival, among others.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.