Tuesday, October 16, 2007

That's the Situation

A disgruntled David Sedaris fan overheard me telling my friend Jordan that I’d be seeing the famed humorist at the State Theater last night.

“Oh, I saw him last year,” he said, knowingly.

“Oh, great!” I smiled. “Was he good?”

“Well,” he sighed. “I always have a problem when people charge you fifty bucks just to hear them read from their book. I mean, Ira Glass did the same thing.”

He was really bitter about the practice, I could tell.

“I mean,” he continued, “I even wrote a letter afterwards. That’s one thing. If you write Sedaris a letter, he’ll write you back. A handwritten letter.”

“Really!” I said, semi-supportively.

I was thinking that perhaps this fan didn't fully appreciate how funny Sedaris's voice is just in itself.

And also, maybe he hadn't nearly peed his pants the time he heard Sedaris singing on "This American Life."

The fact is, Sedaris is definitely at least fifty bucks of funny. And the stories he told last night were not actually in his currently published books.

So. Overall, I was deeply satisfied by his performance.


LH said...

I agree with you 100%. The guy is a writer, not a comedian. You go to hear writers read their writing. That's how it works with writers. Plus, I've seen Sedaris 3 times and never have heard him repeat a story, so that's very cool I think. I may write him a letter so i can get a letter back from him.

Rachel said...

Kace. You're a good friend to me. Have I told you that lately?

anne said...

I saw him a couple of years ago in Denver and I would have paid twice what I paid for that ticket. That kind of entertainment is worth it!