Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.
The riotous laughter echoing outside the countless venues worldwide belong to the sold-out audiences enjoying the quirky wit and wisdom of National Public Radio star and author David Sedaris, who is bringing his singular brand of humor to the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts’ Sosnoff Theater on Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m.
One of America’s most popular humor writers, Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as the essay collections Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and most recently, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls—each of which was an immediate best seller.
A frequent guest on NPR’s This American Life, Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. The San Francisco Chronicle writes, “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.”
Sedaris’s semi-autobiographical books have sold an estimated 10 million copies, and his often self-deprecating humor touches every aspect of life — from domestic triumphs and travails with his husband, Hugh Hemrick, to his North Carolina childhood and his passion for travel.
“Boys who spent their weekends making banana-nut muffins did not, as a rule, excel in the art of hand-to-hand combat.” — David Sedaris’s Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
This program is presented by The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and Shawn Nightingale Productions.
About the Artist
David Sedaris frequently appears as an NPR humorist and and is a best-selling author. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. The audio version of Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls is a 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominee for best spoken word album. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are millions of copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 29 languages.
He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written a half-dozen plays, which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz. Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on public radio’s This American Life. David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for best spoken word and best comedy album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure. A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a première at the Sundance Film Festival (2013).
Tickets are $45 – 70. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office at (845) 758‑7900.
A question and answer session and book signing will follow the performance.