Marilyn Pittman

On Today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Marilyn Pittman about her one-woman show, “It’s All the Rage. “Heartbreaking and hilarious” is how her show is subtitled. She shares the story of the day her father shot and killed her mother and then killed himself. How does art help recovery and healing? Join us at 10 or email What resources are available for people who have experienced tragedy in their families?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Marilyn Pittman is one of San Francisco's first openly gay comics. She rose to fame during the AIDS crisis, and became known for bringing hilarity through her blunt tell-it-like-it-is comedy. But in 1997, tragedy struck, when her father murdered her mother, and then committed suicide. After that, Pittman went through her mother's journals, and her father's love letters, seeking answers as to why it happened. Pittman turned their tragedy into a one-woman show at San Francisco’s Marsh Theater. KALW’s Hana Baba sat down with Pittman to talk about "It's All the Rage.”

How does a comic deal with personal tragedy? On this week's Out in the Bay, hosts Marilyn Pittman and Eric Jansen play excerpts from Marilyn's solo show, "It's All the Rage," about her parents’ 1997 murder-suicide, and talk about rage, PTSD, gender roles, and how humor, friends and her wife helped her survive.