David Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy’s elf clad in green tights, reading his Santaland Diaries on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Sedaris’ sardonic humor and incisive social critique have since made him one of NPR’s most popular and humorous commentators and a best-selling author in the United States and abroad.
David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Holidays on Ice (his collection of Christmasrelated stories which features The Santaland Diaries), Barrel Fever, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, each of which became immediate bestsellers. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. Sedaris and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written several 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 Dramatist’s Play Service. His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker.
Sedaris’ original radio pieces can often be heard on public radio’s This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ. In 2001, David Sedaris became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was named by Time magazine as “Humorist of the Year” in 2001.