22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

John Waters: Devil's Advocate

United States, 2024: 90 minutes
Archives 2024
Special Guest!
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Apr 24 7:00 PM Sold Out



A one-night only spoken-word show from John Waters presented as part of the 21st Calgary Underground Film Festival!

John Waters. Is he a cautionary contrarian, a reactionary radical, or a true devil’s advocate? In this all-new, fast-moving, part-confessional, part-inquisitional comic spoken word show, this filth elder, known for his “transgressive” films and his “subversive” books, salutes the new gender-guerilla generation of today for doing the impossible - actually making him nervous. Together, he demands, we must form a new rainbow of rancid colors and seize back the sexual revolution from the self-righteousness of the left and the intolerance of the right. A new middle-of-the-road madness that uses humor as terrorism, wit as ammunition. A happy family of all-age, cuckoo crossover: hip-hop hippies, pansy punks, queer gangstas, down-low hos, and shit-kicking skeezers. We’re here. We sneer. Don’t get used to us. John Waters - he’s the Devil’s Advocate and his questions must be answered.

Following this event, John Waters will introduce the 30th anniversary screening of his film SERIAL MOM.

$80 – VIP tickets: Seating in the centre section of the first six rows for DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, a limited edition poster illustrated by Tom Bagley and signed by John Waters, and a ticket to the SERIAL MOM: 30TH ANNIVERSARY screening introduced by John Waters. Limited VIP tickets are available.
$60 – Tickets to both DEVIL'S ADVOCATE + SERIAL MOM: 30TH ANNIVERSARY screening.
$55 – Tickets to DEVIL'S ADVOCATE only.

Festival Passes are not accepted for this live performance. Festival passes can be used for SERIAL MOM.

John Waters has written and directed sixteen movies including PINK FLAMINGOS, FEMALE TROUBLE, POLYESTER, HAIRSPRAY, CRY BABY, SERIAL MOM and A DIRTY SHAME. He is also the author of ten books, a recording artist, photographer, spoken-word performer, and actor. Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as the Maryland Film Festival Board. He has been honored by the Lincoln Center, the British Film Institute, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), the School of Visual Arts (SVA), the French Minister of Culture, the Writers Guild of America East, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.


Performance / Live Event

John Waters will perform a live presentation for 70 minutes, followed by a 20 minute Q&A.
90 minutes

special guest

Director John Waters in attendance!