David Sedaris

David Sedaris has taken on many roles throughout his career. He's an award-winning humorist, accomplished playwright, a beloved radio performer; but if you asked him what artistic endeavor he most identifies with ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1956 in Binghampton, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Smoking 1994 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)
Writer (2)

C.O.G. 2013 (Movie)

(from essay: "C.O.G.") (Source Material)

Smoking 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

David Sedaris has taken on many roles throughout his career. He's an award-winning humorist, accomplished playwright, a beloved radio performer; but if you asked him what artistic endeavor he most identifies with, Sedaris would tell you he's first and foremost a writer. Beginning with his first essay collection in 1994, Barrel Fever, Sedaris has earned critical praise, as well as legions of fans, for his revealing, at times darkly humorous, personal essays. He has released numerous books of personal essays - six of which have become bestsellers on the New York Times list - as well as a 2010 collection of animal-themed short stories, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. In addition to his writing, Sedaris is also a frequent contributor to NPR's weekly radio program "This American Life," as well as an in-demand figure on the public-speaking circuit, having read his personal essays to countless sold-out auditoriums. In 2013, the feature comedy "C.O.G." ("Child of God"), which was inspired by an essay from Sedaris's 1997 collection, Naked, appeared in theaters. Although previous attempts to adapt his work had been made in the past, the film was the first big-screen adaptation of a Sedaris story.

Relationships

Amy Sedaris Actor

Sister

EDUCATION

Art Institute of Chicago

1983 - 1987

Kent State University

Dropped out

Milestones

2013

Film adaptation of his personal essay, "C.O.G.," released in theaters

2008

Received an honorary doctorate from Binghamton University

2008

Wrote the New York Times bestseller, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

1994

Release of his first book of personal essays, Barrel Fever

1992

Became a national star after reading "SantaLand Diaries" on NPR's "Morning Edition"

Bonus Trivia

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Was discovered by Ira Glass while reading from his diary at an open mic night in Chicago.

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Skyrocketed to fame after reading his "SantaLand Diaries" story on NPR's "Morning Edition."

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Was honored with the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

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Director Wayne Wang signed on to direct a film version of his book, "Me Talk Pretty One Day," but the project fell through after Sedaris became concerned that his family would be portrayed negatively in the film.

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An American citizen, since the late 1990s Sedaris has lived primarily in Europe.

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