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Former Raleigh Resident, Humorist, and NPR Commentator David Sedaris Will Perform at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 9th

David Sedaris

David Sedaris

Theatre Council Productions will present An Evening with David Sedaris at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9th, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC. David Sedaris was born in Johnson City, NY, and grew up in Raleigh. The acerbic author of The SantaLand Diaries (1992) is the older brother of 48-year-old Second City alumna, actress, and author Amy Sedaris.

According to Theatre Council Productions:

“Celebrating the release of his new title, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a book of acerbic, outrageously funny fables, featuring animals with unmistakably human failings, which [hit] bookstores on October 5, 2010, author David Sedaris will visit Raleigh for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

“Tweaking the familiar until it warps, David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Including his last release, The New York Times #1 Bestselling book, When You Were Engulfed in Flames [2008], David Sedaris’ wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs.

“One of six children in a second-generation Greek family, he grew up in Raleigh …. In 1977, he dropped out of Kent State University to hitchhike around the country.

“Aside from working as an elf [at Macy’s in New York City], Sedaris has worked a number of charmingly quirky jobs, such as a house painter, an apple picker, an aide in a mental hospital, a creative writing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an apartment cleaner.

“Sedaris made his comic debut, recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy’s elf, reading his ‘SantaLand Diaries’ on National Public Radio’s ‘Morning Edition’ in 1992. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have made him one of NPR’s most popular and humorous commentators. In 2001, he was named Humorist of the Year by Time Magazine and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor.”

Praise for David Sedaris includes:

Whitney Pastorek of the Entertainment Weekly writes: “Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident.”

Bill Richardson of the Toronto Globe and Mail claims: “Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful…. He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s … well, nice.”

o  The Chicago Tribune notes: “Sedaris’ droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.”

o  The San Francisco Chronicle salutes David Sedaris as a trailblazer: “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.”

SECOND OPINION: Oct. 5th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Pam Kelley:

Theatre Council Productions presents AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $42.50-$55.

BOX OFFICE: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or SHOW:




NOTE: There will be a special book signing after the show.


David Sedaris: (official biography courtesy the Barclay Agency) and (Internet Movie Database).

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary: (Hachette Book Group).

New Yorker Articles: (The New Yorker).

NPR Archive: (National Public Radio).


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