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Hang onto your inappropriate humor, because Sedaris is headed your way

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
April 20, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated April 19, 2011 at 11:20 p.m.

David Sedaris was first publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay, "SantaLand Diaries."

IF YOU GO

WHAT: David Sedaris

WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Michael and Susan Dell Hall, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

COST: $115

David Sedaris is hilarious. It's not every person who could take the likes of Santa Claus, Billie Holiday and performance art, muck around a little, and mine it for darkly funny comic gold.

Hailing from suburban North Carolina, Sedaris spent time cleaning apartments, painting and working as a Christmas elf, among other things, before Ira Glass, the famed radio host of "This American Life," happened to hear Sedaris giving a reading from his journal.

Soon, Sedaris found himself sharing his observations about the world on public radio. Then he got a book deal and wrote a bunch of books noting things about like, "If finding an apartment is like falling in love, buying one is like proposing on your first date and agreeing not to see each other until the wedding."

This is the guy who says he loves things made out of animals because, "It's just so funny to think of someone saying, 'I need a letter opener. I guess I'll have to kill a deer.'"

His books of stories and essays are knee-slapper best sellers, but Sedaris is at his best when he speaks for himself. His reedy voice is capable of sounding notes of withering disbelief, exhilaration and a dead-on imitation of Billie Holiday, all in the space of five minutes.

He's irreverent in all the right ways, and now, you've got the chance to experience David Sedaris at his live, spontaneous best as he swings through Austin on a comedy tour.

Go see him, and get ready to chuckle heartily at the same time a slight tinge of dismay darts through you, realizing you're laughing, and wishing that taxidermy was something that could be done to humans.

I know, it doesn't sound funny, but the beauty of Sedaris is that magically almost everything is.

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