Some friends and I went to see David Sedaris last night. He was in town doing a reading to help raise money for the Arkansas Literary Festival. It’s a worthy cause. All proceeds go to fund adult literacy in the state. I have heard him read before. He doesn’t disappoint. My abs are actually sore today from laughing so hard.
Back when I was teaching Freshman Comp, I had my students read some Sedaris. Most didn’t get it. They were confused and a little angry. A few laughed. I like to think of them as the glimmer of hope in the darkness of stupidity. Last night, I tried to re-tell some of his material to Baby Daddy. I lack the Sedaris delivery. I got a lot of silence and blank stares. I won’t try it on you. I now know my limitations in this area.
I will give you Sedaris in his own words and voice… as it is clear I will only mangle comic his genius.