Importance: She was the star of one of
the most irreverent shows in television history, "Strangers With Candy."
The Plug: Amy's Play Wigfield
is currently on tour.
photo montage from amysedaris.com
Two of our Interview with Amy Sedaris
This is the part of the show where I insult
the guest and tell her that her whole family is crazy. But this
is Amy Sedaris, and a very good sport.
1. Let's talk for a second about something
you get talked way too much about, and that's
your much older brother David. After reading his book "Naked,"
I got the impression that everyone in your family, except Lisa,
is pretty much crazy.
I'm getting the impression, that that is an
Crazy in what way though?
Uh…David's obsessive compulsive behavior...
You just mean a little eccentric.
Well I'd say more eccentric for people functioning
Well I think we're all funny. We're all alike like that. We have
a spirit about ourselves. But I think we have our own little world
2. OK, let's talk about one more unfair assessment.
I left the book, really despising your father, as the most insensitive,
selfish, oblivious to the feelings around him... Is that fair?
Well, from "Naked," yes, but that was written more for my Mom. "Me
Talk Pretty One Day," is more about my Dad.
But even with the sections with your Mom not
in it, he's just horrible.
I know. David and Dad didn't get along too well growing up. I mean
we all got along, but it was harder on David, because David wasn't
going to be the son that Dad wanted. But now they're like best friends.
3. So what are you doing now.
I'm doing a lot more home stuff. I'm a real domestic person, and
when I was doing the TV show, I was usually the first one there
and the last one to leave. The hours were just unbelievable. We
were also writing so…Our calls were like at 5:00 in the morning
and I'm not getting home until eight or nine at night. I would look
at my lines for the next day and then do it all over again. Then
we would write. It was really a grind. So all I've been doing is
I cook and I clean, and I entertain at my house a lot. I'm reading
a lot, I do a lot of interviews, photo shoots. My brother [David]
and I are doing
a big play in March.
4. It sounds like now you're doing all the
PR you should have done then for Strangers with Candy.
Yeah, probably, I mean I did during our lunch breaks I would do
interviews. I feel like I'm being lazy. It's never been like this
in my life. How's the cheese
ball business going?
Well, I still make cheeseballs and cupcakes. But that's pretty much
5. Let me ask you about the Jerry Blank Voice.
I heard you on the Fresh Air Interview and most of the time you're
just Amy, but when you talk about the Cheese Balls, a little bit
of Jerry comes through.
Oh yeah, I've always talked like Jerry Blank. There's always some
So this is something you did long before Strangers
Oh yeah, the voice. I came up with that character, maybe 12 years
ago. I just had the voice not the overbite and everything. I've
used her in every play we've done. A lot of projects I've used her,
and we've changed the background. You know those actors who aren't
versatile. And they get a part, and "Oh I see this week I'm a drug
addict, and the weekend after that I'm going to be a gang member."
But they're always the same actors. They're not versatile. I think
of that character like that, I use her in so many things, I just
change her background. She's kind of like her own actress. And I
wanna keep doing that. I'd like to do that character in the next
play, but because I've done her so much on TV I'm hesitant, but
then that would go against what I set out to do with her.
6. Once I get a thought in my head, I hate
to let it go, but I've been stewing over your father since I read
your brother's book, so once again I'll try to convince you that
your dad is a horrible person. You wore fat pants to torture your
Yeah, that story is in "Me Talk Pretty One Day." Yeah, my Dad is
a little weight conscious. And I wore it home one Christmas. And
he fell for it. I kept it up for like 2 days.
Just to Fuck with him.
My father and I have a very good relationship. We always got along.
But I always scold him. And I still do that. I'd call up, change
my voice, and he'd fall for it.
7. I think also why I got a nutty vibe from
you is from the
story where you're holding class when you're eight years old
and you're the teacher…
Yeah, do you think that's crazy?
At that age? Yeah!
Not so much crazy, but at that age, you're
either really freakin' brilliant, or you're crazy.
And the reason why I lean toward crazy is
because you're just so mean to the animals.
Oh, to my students, yeah. I have these certain things in my apartment
in New York, that come alive at night. I have a rabbit, and a beautiful
old puppet, and they all have characters and they all have names,
they all come alive at night. But I always make it like they hate
me or they make fun of me, or something really queer. It's a lot
And you don't find that crazy?
I don't find that crazy, I think it's crazy if you don't do that.
Yeah. That, that, what do you call it. What do you call that thing,
when you're sweeping something up off of the floor, and it goes
Like a dustpan. I have one that looks like it comes alive at night.
It's old, it's metal, it wings out, it's gorgeous. What's wrong
giving it a life? I know it's not real.
Right, then you'd be really really crazy.
But it's fun to be able to play that.
Have you gotten anyone to do this with you?
Certainly, I'm friends with Philip Seymour Hoffman. And he came
over, and he totally got it, and we laughed so hard.
Well Amy, you've been a great guest, now
it's time for the lightning round. This is where I shoot something
at you, and you shoot it right back.
Favorite Food? Oh my god, I don't
get time to think?
Well you can if you want. My favorite
kind of food is meat.
Favorite Sound? Any animal licking
Favorite Taste? Chocolate
Favorite Touch? You mean where I liked
to be touched?
I like to be touched on the face.
Favorite thing to touch? Other people's
Boxers or briefs? I like briefs on
Dinette Set, or trip to Europe? Europe,
'cause the Dinette Set is always a cheap piece of crap.
Go to Part 1 of the interview, where
we talk about the cancelation of her show.
In June, keep an eye out for an interview
with Amy's brother, David.