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The Ever Prolific David Sedaris

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 17 November 2014



It's been a year since we last spent the holiday's with David Sedaris and his wonderfully irreverent The Santaland Diaries. We thought we'd take a moment to look back at what this prolific humorist has been up to since our last visit.

PBS recently featured Sedaris on an episode of Finding Your Roots, along with Tina Fey and George Stephanopoulos. You can watch the full episode, or Sedaris' segment about his maternal 4th Great-Grandfather, a Revolutionary War soldier wounded in the Battle of Saratoga.

IFC compiled a great list of 11 David Sedaris Quotes that will Change Your Life (including a quote from the Santaland Diaries!).

Sedaris is currently on tour in support of the book that was released in 2013, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. He's been peforming to sold out crowds across the U.S. and he'll be heading to England in the new year. Here's a look at some of the rave reviews he's recieved for his latest book:

"Sedaris is a remarkably skilled storyteller and savvy essayist. He weaves together vivid images and sensations into a coherent whole that packs a serious emotional punch. ... Yes, David Sedaris is really that good. And, based on this latest collection, he's getting only better." 

- Heather Havrilesky, Los Angeles Times

"David Sedaris has become a signifier of taste and intelligence....Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls was the kind of book that I finished and just immediately wanted to start reading again." 

- Anna Peele, Esquire

You'll recognize his voice in this clever promo cartoon that pokes fun at the unusual title:

He managed to crack up John Stewart and Craig Ferguson when he paid a visit to
chat about his latest book tour:

Sedaris is a frequent contributer for The New Yorker.  He recently wrote a peice called, Stepping Out, Living the Fitbit Life about his new, 60,000 step obsession, along with Company Man; Guest Room Gambits, tackling the trials of visiting guests (something one can certainly relate to this time of year) and Long Way Home; A Journey Made More Difficult, recounting his experience getting burgled with the usual Sedaris humor and poignancy.

2013 marked the release of the first feature film based on a story by David Sedaris, C.O.G., from his book Naked. Taking the same title, the film was released in January after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The story is set in Oregon and was filmed on location here in Portland in 2012. Portland Monthly Mag interviewed the director to find out how he managed to get David Sedaris' approval on the adaptation.

You can watch the trailer here:

books have sold more than seven million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages. He remains one of the most prolific humorists of our time. 

Now that the holidays are in full swing, it's time to celebrate the story that started it all, his Santaland Diaries.

It has been over twenty years since Sedaris first read his story on Morning Edition. The stage adaptation of The Santaland Diaries that debuted in New York in 1996 has since become a holiday tradition. Today it is rivaled only by A Christmas Carol as the most-produced holiday show in America. In the 2014-2015 season, it will be featured on stages across the country as often as Romeo and Juliet

We hope you will join us at the Armory this winter to enjoy Sedaris' irreverent and endearing take on the holidays.

The Santaland Diaries runs through Dec. 28


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