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An Evening with David Sedaris
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Monday 16 January
Tickets on sale Friday 2 September

 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 Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

In his third visit to Australia, Sedaris will perform is own style of spoken word in the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House on Monday 16 January.

The performance will be followed by a question and answer time with the audience and a book signing opportunity after the show.
David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller.  There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.  He was the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.  Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.”  His latest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was published in September 2010 and immediately hit the NYT Bestseller Fiction List.

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen 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.  David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ.  David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.  His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure (November 2009).


Tickets on sale Friday 2 September
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“Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident”
Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly

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.”
Bill Richardson, Toronto Globe and Mail

“Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentics who inhabit the world’s crevises make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.”
Chicago Tribune

“Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.”
San Francisco Chronicle

 

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