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David Sedaris


PALM DESERT, CA – With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he 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 was born in Binghamton, New York, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was discovered while reading his diary in a Chicago club by radio host Ira Glass who asked him to appear on his weekly local program. David’s success on the program led to his National Public Radio (NPR) debut in 1992 when he read a radio essay on “Morning Edition,” titled “Santaland Diaries,” which described his purported experiences working as an elf at Macy’s during Christmas time in New York. “Santaland Diaries” was an immediate success with listeners and he began a monthly segment on NPR based on entries in his diary.

In 1994, David released a book of stories and essays, Barrel Fever. In 1995, when Ira Glass began hosting a weekly Chicago Public Radio show (“This American Life”), David became a frequent contributor. He also began publishing essays in Esquire and The New Yorker. In 1997, David published another collection of essays, Naked, followed by Me Talk Pretty One Day in 2000 which earned rave reviews and a Thurber Prize for American Humor. David was also named “Humorist of the Year” by Time magazine.

In 2004, David published Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, which hit #1 on The New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list. The audiobook, read by David, was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Spoken Word Album.” That same year, David was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Comedy Album” for his recording Live at Carnegie Hall. In 2008, he published a new collection, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and followed that with Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables that immediately hit the New York Times Best Seller Fiction list.

There are a total of seven million copies of David’s books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.”

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe (which received an Obie Award), Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service.

McCallum Theatre presents David Sedaris on Monday, November 26, at 8:00pm. Tickets are $65, $55, $45 and $35 and are available online at the Theatre’s web site, or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

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