Born in Johnson City, New York, comedian David Sedaris was first publicly recognized in 1992 when his “SantaLand Diaries” essay was broadcast on National Public Radio. The author, comedian and radio contributor published his first series of short stories and essays in Barrel Fever in 1994.
Sedaris, who grew up in a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina, would go on to write several other essay collections, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.
The comedian’s humor is personal and often self-deprecating, reflecting on his upbringing, family life, homosexuality, his Greek ancestry, substance abuse, jobs and education.
Sedaris was first discovered in a Chicago club by radio host Ira Glass. The comedian was reading the diary he had kept since 1977. Glass asked him to appear on his weekly program The Wild Room. Sedaris’ career took off and led to his 1992 debut on National Public Radio.
Now a New York Times best-selling author, Sedaris has contributed more than 40 essays to The New Yorker blog and magazine.
Sedaris wrote his book Me Talk Pretty One Day over the course of seven months while in France. Published in 2000, the book received rave reviews and earned him the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim topped The New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List in June 2004. The audiobook version earned Sedaris a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. That same year, he received another Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for his Live at Carnegie Hall recording.
Since 2010, David Sedaris has been sharing his essays on BBC Radio 4’s Meet David Sedaris. The sixth series was released in July 2017 on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
In 2017, the humorist and author announced his Theft by Finding book tour “An Evening with David Sedaris.” The book, released on June 6, is a compilation of diary entries from 1977 to 2002. Sedaris shares tales from more than two decades of his life, spanning from his hitchhiking days in Oregon to his 46th birthday and life in London.
Theft by Finding was released prior to David Sedaris: A Visual Compendium, which is slated for release on October 10, 2017.
Sedaris’ tour will travel across the U.S. and run through 2018. The comedian will also make international appearances, including a stint in Australia in early 2018.