Monday, 26 December 2011

David Sedaris (1956 – ) US

b December 26, 1956

Grammy Award-nominated American humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor.

The Greek - American writer and humourist, who grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, first came to public attention when he was invited to read extracts from his diaries on the weekly local program "The Wild Room", after the radio host Ira Glass discovered him reading it in a Chicago club. Later he made his national radio debut with his "Santaland Diaries", an account of vacation work as a Santa's elf at Macy's, New York. Since then he has published a series of books of essays and stories, largely comprising autobiographical anecdotes (exaggerated for comic effect).

His next book, Me Talk Pretty One Day, was written mostly in France over a period of seven months, and was published in 2000 to "practically unanimous rave reviews".[22] For that book, Sedaris won the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and was named "Humorist of the Year" by Time magazine. In 2004, Sedaris published Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, which hit #1 on The New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list on June 20, 2004.

Sedaris is also a playwright, having written with his sister, actress Amy Sedaris, several plays under the name "The Talent Family".

His longtime partner is Hugh Hamrick.

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