She's mostly known for her public speaking skills, and she is absolutely hilarious. If you are from New York City and want a good chuckle, try searching YouTube for any of her talks regarding NYU or Michael Bloomburg. She's so on point you'll be falling out of your chair crying. There was no better person to interview her for the event than Scorsese, considering the two of them have been friends for so long they can't even remember how they met. In response to the question of how they met during the Q&A, the both of them, stumped, assumed they must have met at a party a long time ago. Scorsese has also featured Fran in his films, including the HBO Documentary about her called Public Speaking, and most recently the Wolf of Wall Street where she played the judge. Funny enough, she also had a recurring role on Law & Order as Judge Janice Goldberg, though she doesn't describe herself as an actor. Just listening to her discuss her experience on filming Wolf of Wall Street was one of my favorite parts of the evening. For example, she described her first encounter with Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene they were shooting, and thought he was overrated because he kept missing his lines (per her cue card) and they kept having to re-shoot. Ends up being his lines were noted as being an overdubbed narrative, so she was missing her lines and that's why they had to keep re-shooting. I'm not doing the story any justice, the way she told it was just too funny. The discussion didn't just include the movie, but subjects as varied from e-cigarettes to New York City's new mayor, Bill De Blasio. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time! Even though I was pretty exhausted due to catching a flight home earlier that day from a work trip, I'm really glad Jim and I made the time to attend. I'm going to try to make it a point to attend more events like this in the upcoming year. It sure beats watching TV! Oh, and I have to mention the Peter Jay Sharp building where this event was held had one of the most beautiful theaters I had seen in quite some time. I mean, look at the detail on the ceiling! Gorgeous."Frances Ann "Fran" Lebowitz is an American author and public speaker. Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities."