Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
David Sedaris has become one of America’s best-known humor writers. The great skill with which he uses his satire and sardonic wit to slice through cultural euphemisms and political correctness only underlines his skill. Coming this October, the famed author will be coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre.
Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary” and “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” all of which have become bestsellers. Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in the compilation book “The Best American Essays.”
From the beginning, much of Sedaris’ writing has taken on a tone of self-deprecation. His homosexuality also gets its fair share of coverage. Sedaris participated a documentary by David Thorpe called “Do I Sound Gay?” The film looks at stereotypes surrounding the speech patterns of gay men.
His most recent book is “Calypso.” “Calypso,” according to Alan Cumming of the New York Times Book Review, “Allows us to observe not just the nimble-mouthed elf of Sedaris’s previous work, but a man in his seventh decade expunging his darker secrets and contemplating mortality.
“The brilliance of David Sedaris’s writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxicating cloud, mesmerizing us so that his logic becomes ours,” Cumming continues. “… The geeks really do inherit the earth.”
His sister is writer and actor Amy Sedaris and the two have collaborated under the name The Talent Family. Together, they have written six plays which have been produced at La Mama, the 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,” which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service.