A former member of Chicago-based Second City and Annoyance Theatre comedy
troupes, Amy Sedaris is best known for her role as "Jerri Blank" in the
television series Strangers with Candy, which she co-wrote with Paul Dinello and
Stephen Colbert. The show was written around Sedaris' impression of 1970s
motivational speaker Florrie Fisher, an impression which Sedaris has since
developed into a stock character.
Sedaris has appeared in the movies Elf, The School of Rock, and Maid in Manhattan and most recently in the film version of Bewitched also starring Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman. Sedaris is soon to star in the film adaptation of Strangers with Candy as Jerri Blank. In addition to acting, she runs a cupcake and cheese ball business ("Amy's Cupcakes") out of her kitchen.
Amy Sedaris also hosted the series Film Fanatic on Trio. She coauthored the text-and-picture novel Wigfield with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, published in 2003. As of 2005, Sedaris writes a monthly advice column in The Believer. She also is currently writing a guide to entertaining entitled I Like You, to be published in the fall of 2006 by Warner Books.
Along with her brother, author and essayist David Sedaris, Amy has co-authored several plays. These include: Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997) and The Little Frieda Mysteries (1997) which where all produced and presented by Meryl Vladimer, when she was the artistic director of "the CLUB" at La MaMa E.T.C. She also co-authored Incident at Kobblers Knob which was presented and produced by David Rockwell at the Lincoln Center Festival.
Amy Sedaris appeared in two episodes of Monk, and as Carrie Bradshaw's book publisher in S-- and the City.
Amy Sedaris lives with her pet rabbit Tattletale along with her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, in Greenwich Village, though on a recent episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, she claimed Ricky had "died." Later, on City Arts and Lectures, a radio show recorded in San Francisco, Amy said that Ricky had not really died, which is a good thing since she "couldn't handle the pain." Other reports and interviews from early 1996 mention that although Ricky did not pass, her beloved Tattletale did -- but that she currently keeps company with a new mini-rex bunny named "Dusty".
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