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David Sedarisappears in All/Author

David Sedaris (1956 - )

Time Magazine's 2001 Humorist of the Year, David Sedaris is a well known satirist and essay writer. Most know him from NPR's American Life, where the author's original radio pieces have aired for many years. The humorist's works include a number of collected personal essays, which have appeared in best selling books "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim". Sedaris has also been nominated for two Grammy awards for his spoken word material.

Born in New York and raised in North Carolina, David Sedaris is a cut to the quick kind of humorist. The author's works, particularly his essays, are self-effacing, revealing, and hilarious. Much of Sedaris' work relays stories of his family - parents and five siblings - and their unique relationships. Many may think that Sedaris writes without censorship and his memories and experiences are sometimes politically incorrect and slightly risqué. Others applaud the author for candor and realism.

Together with his sister, Amy Sedaris, the author has written a number of successful plays that have appeared in such prestigious locations as Lincoln Center. Sedaris' newest collection of essays and fables, "When You Are Engulfed in Flames", was released in June 2008.

Amy Sedarisappears in The Last You'll Hear From Me

Amy Sedaris (1961 - )

Amy Sedaris was born in Endicott, New York and raised in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the daughter of David and Sharon Sedaris and one of the six Sedaris children.

Amy is an accomplished actress, author, and comedian. Known for her work as part of the Talent Family with her brother, humorist David Sedaris, Amy has co-written a number of plays that have been performed in such noted locations as Lincoln Center.

Amy's training as a comedian began with a stint in the famed Second City Troupe in Chicago as well as In addition to her work as a humorist Amy Sedaris has appeared in a wide array of television shows and feature films. Her filmography includes the feature films Elf, Shrek the Third, Bewitched, and Maid in Manhattan. Television appearances include My Name is Earl, Monk, Strangers with Candy, and Sex in the City.

In 2006, Amy became a best selling author with her lighthearted tribute to cooking titled, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Amy also operates a home business in the form of Dusty Food Cupcakes, a cupcake and cheese ball enterprise.

In a 2006 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, Amy announced that her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, had recently been murdered and she now lives with his ghost.

Oprah Winfreyappears in Parade

Oprah Winfrey - Dynamic and iconic talk show host that had Sedaris as a guest in "Parade."

Anita O'Dayappears in Music for Lovers

Anita O'Day was a jazz singer who is often affiliated with the "West Coast Cool School of Jazz."

Dawnappears in Music for Lovers

Dawn - The author's tormented daughter in "Music for Lovers."

Trish Moodyappears in The Last You'll Hear From Me

Trish Moody - The woman who committed suicide in "The Last You'll Hear From Me."

Chadappears in My Manuscript

Chad - The would-be writer who is obsessed with sexual exploits.

Carlton Manningappears in Firestone

Carlton Manning - The slightly unethical service station owner in "Firestone."

Donappears in Don's Story

Don - Author of "Don's Story," a movie about the life of a man who leaves his home in North Carolina to make it big in the movie industry.

Khe Sahnappears in Season's Greetings

Khe Sahn - Illegitimate daughter in "Season's Greetings." Khe Sahn is a manipulative girl who is the daughter of Mr. Dunbar, conceived when he was in Korea. Khe Sahn likes to pretend that she doesn't understand English unless it involves a reward or treat.

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