88 thoughts on “David Sedaris on Storytelling, Humor & Chatting with Strangers

  1. Jimmy found that statement very funny and so did I. But the audience, not so much.

    "I'm mentally ill and that keeps me pretty busy." Hilarious.

  2. David S. is one of the best storytellers there are, I could listen to him for hours just talking of things he saw and people he met.

  3. David you look so handsome. We got your post card and I hope you enjoyed Australia. Fly safe and come visit PA soon. We would write back but you travel to much 🤣😉 xoxo Tell Hough we miss him.

  4. The tombstone woman sounds like a self-entitled Karen.
    I did meet him two years ago and he just wrote "we talked about ice cream" because it was late and he wanted ice cream but didn't know what was still open in my city that would serve ice cream.

  5. I had the extreme pleasure of working backstage for Mr. Sedaris this past summer, The man is charming, he really does take the time to talk to EVERYBODY, and he is genuinely interested in what you have to say. An absolute pleasure to work for.

  6. For some reason the music David walked on to reminded me of Sparks, and I realized that a collaboration between Sparks and David Sedaris might be amazing.

  7. amy and david come from a big family, makes you wonder what it was like around that household… and it's probably a good idea for a writer, a humorous writer at that, to engage and be interested in people. reality is by far the most interesting part of life.

  8. David Sedaris is awesome! Someone please give me the password to access MasterClass so I can check this out. The way my bank account and taxes are set up, I won't have the funds for this for a while! LOL

  9. Sedaris is our greatest contemporary literary humorist. He an absolutely original treasure. He seems to be a modest man but he's gone through some hair-raising adventures.

  10. I've read all of this man's books three times over and now have a six pack from laughing so much. Thank you Mr. Sedaris so so much for the killer abs.

  11. Thank you, D.S!! Delightful Smiles!! Much Love and Many Blessings for Many and Awesome Playful Days, Precious Heart!!
    ❤❤🌎🌎🕊🕊

  12. I had tickets to see David about fifteen years ago in London, Ontario. I broke up with my girlfriend in the meantime so insisted she take the tickets. Her and a friend went and she bought and had signed for me Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. David wrote "I met your bitches and they were beautiful."

  13. Well that woman had no sense of humor. A book with a doodle AND signed by the author? Priceless. Plus I like his perspective. 😉😂

  14. I drove for David once and he was very polite and quiet and listened to my stupid stories the whole 2hrs. He laughed at me and wrote me an amazing letter after. One of the most amazing moments of my life.

  15. When I went through the line just after When You Are Engulfed in Flames came out, he asked me if I had seen youporn and drew a picture of a turtle that looked like Abraham Lincoln.

  16. He is truly just as gracious as he appears. I’ve gotten to see him a multitude of times over the past damn near twenty years and I had the pleasure of being VERY early to one of his lectures, so early in fact it was just the staff, David and myself…he was just sitting on a bench in the lobby and I aimlessly wandered waiting for anything and suddenly it was just us. I looked and said “it’s you”
    He responded with “hellllooo you”patted the bench and there we sat talking about his new home in the UK and ham and eggs and bad seafood choices, as one does.
    He spoke at eastern Michigan university one time and NO one asked a question at the end when he opens it up to the audience and I thought omg pearls before swine he will do a Q&A for a LONG time if he’s entertained and here we’ve got him and no one has anything so from the front row my hand instinctively shoots up in a panic lest he walk off, so of course he saw me and as I stood to “ask my question” I blanked out and stammered “I know you enjoy housework, what kind of vacuum do you use?”
    Years of adoring him, years of leaving him be because of long lines and not wanting to crowd him, here I am with THE MAN HIMSELF and all I got is “Hoover or Dyson?”
    🤦🏻‍♀️

  17. I introduced David at his show at the Schnitzer in Portland last fall. I've known him a very long time, pre-fame. He asked me to tell some 'tales out of school' about those early times, and so I came up with a ten-minute bit. But walking through the stage door with him was quite an experience. I've never seen backstage staff light up the way they did, all wanting to shake his hand and get selfies with him. One woman told me that some of them weren't even scheduled to work that night, they came in because they wanted to meet him. He worked so easily with the set-up crew, and had them make sure that I was satisfied with the podium lighting and sound as well. All the while, of course, with hilarious retorts and asides. It's wonderful to see your friends rise to the top, and even more wonderful when they do it without becoming privileged jerks in the process.

  18. I met David Sedaris about 7 years ago after a reading I attended, he was so real. He definitely engaged me, so much I felt I had to go back into the hall when he was open to questions. I asked a few questions. He actually called on me and answered my questions. I will never forget that!

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