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Review: Lena Dunham at JFL42

Monday, September 22, 2014


To start this off, I am going to say what a HUGE fan of Lena Dunham I am. I love all of her work including her writing, directing and acting on Girls, her film Tiny Furniture and the many cameos she's made in the recent years. I think she is absolutely brilliant, fearless and the honesty that the world needs right now.

I went into the Sony Centre for the Preforming Arts in Toronto not really knowing what to expect. I mean, I know what Just For Laughs is from watching it at late hours of the night. I figured maybe Lena was doing a stand-up gig but I've never really knew of her as a stand-up comedian. I heard things about her new book Not That Kind of Girl and seen her photos on Instagram but I hadn't read anything prior about the event, just knew that I was going to see Lena Dunham at the Sony Centre.

After a few drinks with my mom, we headed into the theatre and when the event started, it came with a surprise to me as Jian Ghomeshi walked on stage. I was completely unaware that he was the moderator of the night and was super excited to find out as I've always been a huge admirer of his interviews on CBC's Q so I knew it was going to be a good night. He introduced Lena who came out to read a passage from her new book.

She read a chapter about her time as a pre-teen in summer camp and needless to say, it was absolutely hilarious, inspiring, shameless and endearing. I don't want to spoil anything for you by saying anything else about it because it is a must-read book just from hearing that small part. It was a great experience being able to hear it read by her live because I felt like I was inside her head. She kept adding random side notes that also had me in tears.

After the reading, she joined Jian for an interview where she chatted about everything from the making of Girls, Feminism, Nora Efron, the nude leak, on being a hermit to even furious masturbation. She won me over when she made a quick jab at the horrible terrorist group ISIS, showing that she is well-knowledge in the world's current events and is bold enough to speak about them unlike most celebrities. After the conversation, there was a fan Q&A which brought up some interesting discussion including her opinion on the Jezebel bounty for the Vogue un-retouched image controversy which she says is bullshit and I agree, it is bullshit.

The thing that is so great about Lena Dunham is how fearless she is and because of that, she is changing "standard" of beauty. She is helping the world see that there is no standard and to be happy and comfortable with who you are. I left the theatre feeling inspired and incredibly excited to see the new season of Girls.

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