Amy Sedaris

As a writer and book geek, one of my favorite things to do is to sit and listen to writers and personalities talk about their craft. So when I heard that Amy Sedaris was going to be in my area, I immediately made plans to attend. Before Amy joined us, we were entertained by The Marching Abominables, a local volunteer marching band made up of all ages dressed in mismatched uniforms playing such favorites as Louie, Louie and Tequilla. I personally cannot imagine a more perfect pre-show. Although I was disappointed that Ms. Sedaris only spoke for thirty minutes, during that short time she interacted with the audience and slipped in and out of Jerri Blank from Strangers with Candy. When asked about her experiences on The Martha Stewart Show and whether she thought she could make Martha cry, she quickly quipped “most men don’t cry.” Although Ms. Sedaris insists she’s not a writer, her book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence as well as the many plays she’s co-authored with her brother David, maintains that writing should not be dismissed as one of her many talents. Her out-going personality and sharp wit has brought her fame, but her ability to bring to life uncommon characters for the screen and on the page is enviable to many new and more experienced writers. When Maya Angelou said, “Determine to live life with flair and laughter,” one can’t help but wonder if she had Amy Sedaris in mind.    

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