Grammy Award-nominated American humorist, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. Regularly heard on BBC Radio 4 and seen on stage around the world.
Sedaris’ comic, and often satirical, monologues draw primarily on his experiences in the odd day jobs he held before his work with NPR heated up his artistic career. Of his long-standing position as an apartment cleaner, Sedaris told Marchese in the New York Times, “I can only write when it’s dark, so basically, my whole day is spent waiting for it to get dark. Cleaning apartments gives me something to do when I get up. Otherwise, I’d feel like a bum.”
As a result of his appearances on NPR, Sedaris has received numerous job offers, both for cleaning and for writing—as well as a multi-book contract with Little, Brown which in 1994 published Barrel Fever, a collection of Sedaris’ essays and short stories.
A critic for Publishers Weekly felt that Sedaris is “Garrison Keillor’s evil twin,” focusing on the “icy patches that mar life’s sidewalk.” The same reviewer also commented that Sedaris will exhaust readers of the new book “with helpless laughter.”
Lisa Schwarzbaum concluded in Entertainment Weekly, “These days Sedaris glitters as one of the wittiest writers around, an essayist and radio commentator who only appears to be telling simple then-what-happened anecdotes.”