Sedaris at BlogHer in 2007
March 29, 1961 |
Endicott, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, author, comedian|
Amy Louise Sedaris (//; born March 29, 1961) is an American actress, author, and comedian. She is known for playing Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy. She regularly collaborates with her older brother David, a humorist and author.
Sedaris was born in Endicott, New York, the daughter of Sharon Elizabeth (née Leonard) and Louis Harry "Lou" Sedaris, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina with her siblings, Lisa, David, Gretchen, Tiffany, and Paul. Her father is of Greek descent and her mother, who has roots in the U.S. going back to Colonial America, has English ancestry. Her father is Greek Orthodox and her mother was a Protestant. She was raised in her father's Greek Orthodox faith.
At age 16, Sedaris worked at her local Winn-Dixie supermarket. She would make fake announcements over the loudspeaker, prompting the head cashier to confiscate the microphone. After work, she egged the cashier's car in protest. Later, as a cocktail waitress at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, Illinois, she was fired for being five minutes late. She took her revenge on her boss: "I took his keys and I threw them in the snow. I heard he found them in the spring."
A former member of Chicago-based Second City and Annoyance Theatre comedy troupes, her first major foray into television began in 1995 on the Comedy Central sketch show, Exit 57, which also starred Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. The show was cancelled after three seasons.
Beginning in 1999, Sedaris portrayed Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy. The show, which she co-wrote with Dinello and Colbert, was based on Sedaris's impression of 1970s-era motivational speaker Florrie Fisher. The show ran for three seasons and would later inspire a full-length movie.
Sedaris has made numerous guest appearances on a number of different TV programs, including Rescue Me, Monk, Wonder Showzen, Just Shoot Me!, Sex and the City, My Name Is Earl, The Closer, The Middle, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Raising Hope, and Sesame Street. Sedaris also hosted the series Film Fanatic on Trio.[when?]
Sedaris has appeared on many talk shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and WTF with Marc Maron. In 2008, Sedaris appeared on Chelsea Lately during which she gave host Chelsea Handler a presentation concerning vaginal hygiene with the aid of a plush vagina created by fashion designer Todd Oldham.
It was announced in October 2008 that Sedaris would be getting her own sitcom, produced by 20th Century Fox, which she will be creating, writing and starring in. Also in late 2008, Sedaris did voiceovers in several commercials for the discount hair salon SuperCuts.
From September 2010 to February 2011, she also voiced the WordGirl character Miss Davis, the Woodview School's debate club teacher in the season 2 episode "Cleanup on Aisle Eleven" and where she was the schoolteacher of Becky, Todd, Violet, Tobey and Victoria in "Cherish is the Word" in season 3.
In 2011, she appeared in a series of commercials for Downy Unstopables, a fabric softener product. The ad was designed by Grey with the aim of "kicking the old 'mom' image with spots featuring 'laundry expert' (and accomplished lifestyle guru) Amy Sedaris".
In 2013, Sedaris appeared in eight episodes of Amazon's Alpha House, a political comedy series written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. Sedaris played Louise Laffer, the Mormon wife of Utah Senator Louis Laffer, who lives with three other Republican senators in a town house on Capitol Hill.
Sedaris has had small roles in a number of films, including Elf, School of Rock, Maid in Manhattan, Bewitched, Snow Angels, Full Grown Men, Old Dogs, Shrek the Third, and Chicken Little. She also starred in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers with Candy. Sedaris also had a large role in the comedy, The Best and the Brightest with Neil Patrick Harris.
She voiced Cinderella in Shrek the Third and reprised her role in Shrek Forever After. In 2008, Sedaris starred as principal Abby Hofman in Nickelodeon TV's Gym Teacher: The Movie, directed by her Strangers with Candy co-star Paul Dinello.
Print and other work
She coauthored the text-and-picture novel Wigfield with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, published in 2003. As of 2005[update], Sedaris writes a monthly advice column in The Believer. She has written a guide to entertaining titled I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, published in October 2006 by Warner Books. That light-hearted approach to cooking stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 12 weeks, and currently has over 350,000 copies in print.
Her book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People! (2010), included a cover that can be easily made into a hat, as David Letterman demonstrated during her appearance on his Late Show in October 2010.
Along with her brother David Sedaris, Amy has co-authored several plays under the name "The Talent Family": Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997) and The Little Frieda Mysteries. She also co-authored the play The Book of Liz with him, which has gone on to productions at such regional theaters as No Name Players.
Her theater work includes a role as the stage manager in Paul Rudnick's play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. In support of PETA's anti-fur campaign, Sedaris appeared as her Strangers with Candy character in an ad that reads, "When you wear fur, people laugh at you, not with you."
On October 10, 2014 Amy appeared on Ken Reid (comedian)'s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast. The episode was recorded live at the Brooklyn Brewery during New York Super Week.
Sedaris and her Strangers with Candy co-star Paul Dinello dated for eight years. Though their relationship ended, they have remained very close friends and Dinello made Sedaris godmother to his son. Sedaris has stated in several interviews that she has never wanted to get married or have children.
|1991||Big Deals||Topaz Radulavitch||Television film|
|1997||Bad Bosses Go to Hell||Trendy Boss|
|1998||Wheels of Fury||Pepper Mills|
|1998||Strangers with Candy: Retardation, a Celebration||Jerri Blank||Short film|
|1998||Six Days Seven Nights||Robin's Secretary|
|2001||Jump Tomorrow||Student in Class|
|2002||Maid in Manhattan||Rachel Hoffberg|
|2003||Untitled New York Pilot||Connie||Television film|
|2003||School of Rock||Mrs. Haynish|
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||Annabelle|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Jerri Blank|
|2005||Romance & Cigarettes||Frances|
|2005||Chicken Little||Foxy Loxy||Voice|
|2006||Full Grown Men||Trina|
|2006||I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||Ms. Clark|
|2007||Snow Angels||Barb Petite|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Cinderella||Voice|
|2007||Puberty: The Movie||Paulie the Penis||Voice|
|2008||Gym Teacher: The Movie||Principal Hoffman||Television film|
|2009||Dance Flick||Ms. Cameltoé|
|2009||Jennifer's Body||Toni Lesnicki|
|2009||Tanner Hall||Mrs. Middlewood|
|2009||Old Dogs||Condo Woman|
|2010||Beware the Gonzo||Diane Gilman|
|2010||The Best and the Brightest||Sue Lemon|
|2011||Puss in Boots||Jill||Voice|
|2014||Ping Pong Summer||Aunt Peggy|
|1995–1996||Exit 57||Various Characters||12 episodes|
|1999–2000||Strangers with Candy||Geraldine Antonia "Jerri" Blank||30 episodes|
|2001||Fling||The Receptionist||2 episodes|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Betsy Frayne||2 episodes|
|2002–2003||Sex and the City||Courtney Masterson||4 episodes|
|2002–2003||Monk||Gail Fleming||2 episodes|
|2004||Ed||Kate McCormick||2 episodes|
|2004||The Wrong Coast||Various Characters||Voice|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Charlie Donato|
|2005||Wonder Showzen||Miss Amy|
|2006||The Colbert Report||Abraxxia||Voice|
|2006||Sesame Street||Snow White|
|2006||My Name Is Earl||Judy|
|2007||Andy Barker, P.I.||Rita Spaulding|
|2007||Rescue Me||Beth||2 episodes|
|2008||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Tooth Fairy|
|2009||The Closer||Claire Howard||2 episodes|
|2009||American Dad!||Dr. Meg Penner|
|2009||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Frances "Frankenstein"|
|2011||The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour||Katherine Money ("K-Money")|
|2011||SpongeBob SquarePants||Ma Angler||Voice|
|2011||Raising Hope||Delilah||3 episodes|
|2011||Hot In Cleveland||Heather Shaw||2 episodes|
|2012||The Good Wife||Stacie Hall||3 episodes|
|2012||American Dad!||Trish / Dr. Lizzy|
|2012||30 Rock||Visor Lady|
|2013||The Heart, She Holler||Hershe Heartshe|
|2013||Alpha House||Louise Laffer|
|2014||Lil Bub's Special Special||Herself|
|2014–present||BoJack Horseman||Princess Carolyn||Voice|
|2015||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Mimi Kanasis|
- Sedaris, Colbert, Dinello. Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not (Hyperion, May 19, 2004) ISBN 0-7868-8696-X
- I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence (Warner Books, October 16, 2006) ISBN 0-446-57884-3
- Sedaris & Dinello. Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (Grand Central Publishing, November 2, 2010) ISBN 0-446-55704-8
- "Amy Sedaris – I Like You" on YouTube, retrieved 2012-02-28. She pronounces her name at the very beginning.
- Heard, Alex. "This American Lie: A midget guitar teacher, a Macy's elf, and the truth about David Sedaris.". The New Republic. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, November 18, 2014
- "Me Talk Pretty One Day". Amazon.com. Amazon.com.
- "Amy Sedaris Interview".
- Amy Sedaris – The Best and the Brightest *Interview (June 21/11) on YouTube
- Exit 57 at the Internet Movie Database
- Strangers with Candy at the Internet Movie Database
- Amy Sedaris at the Internet Movie Database
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- "Amy Sedaris Inks Sitcom Deal, Guest Gig on The Closer". TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- Zachary Paul Sire (2008-01-09). "Sire Says 2.0: As If Today Couldn't Get Any More Weird". Siresays.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- SuperCuts Commercial on YouTube
- "About: Make 'Em Laugh". PBS. PBS. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- "The Boys are back and on drugs", The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2010.
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- Goodman, Tim (14 November 2013). "Alpha House: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Hoover, Ted. "The Book of Liz | Theater Reviews + Features | Pittsburgh City Paper". Pittsburghcitypaper.ws. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "Amy Sedaris," Los Angeles Times, accessed 6 March 2012.
- "Amy Sedaris Sells Movie Candy", TV Guide, Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- "And How Was Your Summer, Amy Sedaris?", The Awl, Retrieved 2014-01-28.
- Fried, Ina (28 September 2010). "A View From Inside Microsoft's Company Meeting". CNET.
- "Biography". Paul Dinello dot net. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- "Blank Generation – Screens". The Austin Chronicle. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- David Letterman – Amy Sedaris: Funny Godmother on YouTube
- "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-12-04.[dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amy Sedaris.|
- Official website
- Amy Sedaris at the Internet Movie Database
- NPR's Weekend Edition interview with Amy Sedaris
- November 2010 interview with Amy Sedaris about Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People