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An Evening with David Sedaris

The NPR humorist and bestselling author is back.
By Kayla Larson
January 19, 2016
By Kayla Larson
January 19, 2016

Best-selling author and humourist David Sedaris is playing a much-anticipated third tour at Hamer Hall, and it's your chance to have a laugh while putting your smug, well-read friends to shame.

Sedaris, you may recall — as your friends have been telling you — is the "man who writes funny books". Books that "you should have read". He is, in fact, very funny. And yes, you should read him. The evening is a prime chance to catch up on neglected literature, as it will feature a selection of readings from Sedaris' renowned essays, focusing on new, unpublished work and diary entries.

Sedaris' diary is one you'd leave out for friends to find. His stories cover all manner of topics, from a season spent working as an elf to his time committed to learning a foreign language. But his droll assessments note more than 'foot fingers' as being a legitimate translation for toes (it is, by the way) — it's also a great example of Sedaris' ability to capture the essence of the everyday and make the mundane more meaningful. It forms a social documentary that leaves your mind reeling more than a summer jetty.

It's not just his essays in The New York Times that have caught the imagination of fans, or even his best-selling novels such as Me Talk Pretty One Day that offer incisive social critiques. He also lends his talents to renditions of Billie Holiday songs on This American Life, as podcast enthusiasts will know.

It's this unexpected voice in particular, that can flow from jazzy vocals to softly spoken sardonic wit, that adds a whole new element to understanding David Sedaris. Remarkably, there are still a handful of tickets left to An Evening with David Sedaris. Buy yourself a present. Or, kinder yet, buy two and take one of those smug friends of yours to show you've been listening all along.

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