Monday, April 24, 2006


In the comments of my last post, Putas asked about David Sedaris. For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, Sedaris is a writer, a humorist, a satirist par excellence. You might catch him on NPR or read him in the New Yorker, and if you're really lucky, you'll go see him read his work, take Q&A, and sign books, like I did last night at the Long Beach Terraces Theater. His delivery reminds me of Woody Allen except that Sedaris is Greek, not Jewish; from the South, not New York; and is gay, not married to his step-daughter. Other than that, they are exactly alike.

I found this from a bio online: David Sedaris may well be the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock star—his speaking engagements are now consistently standing-room-only, a far cry from his early days as a housecleaner in New York City. Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of his job as a Macy’s elf clad in green tights, reading his “SantaLand Diaries” on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. His sardonic wit and incisive social critique have since made him one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which Sedaris slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris supports an organization called Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. This is from their website: "...he delighted the audience by praising the organization and the monkeys: “It makes you want to throw yourself in front of a bus just to get one.

You can listen to some Sedaris samples here.

The rest of this tour is sold out with the exception of a special charity event in Boston for Helping Hands, but you could probably check Craig's List, Ebay, or show up and try to get tickets if you are in any of these cities on these remaining dates.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - Majestic Theatre, Dallas, TX. 7:30 p.m. Presented by Arts & Letters Live, a literary and performing arts series at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tickets go on sale beginning December 16, 2005. For tickets call: 214-373-8000. Website: SOLD OUT

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. For tickets call: (310) 825-2101. Websites: or SOLD OUT

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - Van Duzer Theatre at Humboldt State, CA
. For tickets call: (707) 826-3928. Website: SOLD OUT

Friday, April 28, 2006 - Marin Veteran’s Auditorium, San Rafael, CA
. For tickets call: (415) 499-6800. Website: SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 29, 2006 - Sunset Center, Carmel, CA. For tickets call: (831) 620-2048. Website: SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 30, 2006 - Flint Center, Cupertino, CA
. For tickets call: (408) 864-8816. Website: SOLD OUT

Monday, May 1, 2006 - The Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, CO. Series subscription tickets currently available by calling (303) 871-7720 or at the box office. Single tickets on sale in November by calling (303) 357-ARTS or online at SOLD OUT

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - Lillie & Roy Cullen Theater, Houston, TX
. For tickets call: (713) 227-4772. Website: SOLD OUT

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - Boston Symphony Hall, Boston, MA. Reception and Benefit for Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. For event tickets call: (617) 482-6661 or online at To reserve seats, or for tickets to both the reception and event call Anne Stein of Helping Hands at (617) 787-4419 or by e-mail at

David will be touring the US again in October of 2006.


At Monday, April 24, 2006 10:07:00 PM, Blogger Leisa said...

if he comes to Vancouver - I'm THERE!

At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 12:37:00 AM, Blogger ffleur said...

I wish he'd come to Victoria. What is with all this Calif touring? We in the north like to laugh too...

p.s. I love that he supports a charity. Less money rich then Hweird idiots but more rich in humanity.

At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:05:00 AM, Blogger Softball Slut said...

I ask one simple question, and I get a whole write up. I feel special. :):)

At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 11:18:00 AM, Blogger Pope-rah said...

love. him. to. death.

At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 2:06:00 PM, Blogger Mike V. said...

I'm glad you had fun.

His humor is one of those things where you either get it, or you don't.

Thankfully, being of such high intellect, you in fact do.. :)

At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:56:00 PM, Blogger prettykitty said...

LA, david sedaris is a god!! lucky you to see him. i heart his book me talk pretty one day

ps :) can i link you? i was waiting for your return to ask! thanks PK

At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:51:00 AM, Blogger LA said...

Kitty - of course you may link me! I'd be honored!

BTW, is one of your compatriots on your site Greek? I noticed the name Kookla which seems to be a take-off of the Greek term of endearment, Kukla (which means little doll). Just curious if we have an inside track on the Sedaris family! ;)

At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:57:00 PM, Blogger prettykitty said...

haha, unfortunately no!!! kookla (like me) is a clusterf*ck of ethnicity. but greek is not one of them! that's the nickname her hubby gave her about 100 years ago.

i'm glad to see you're back! i missed your great photos!

At Sunday, April 30, 2006 12:15:00 AM, Blogger jane_austen said...

I LOVE David Sedaris......He is smart, witty, and makes me laugh so does his sister, Amy. :)


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