David Sedaris short biography


David Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor.

David Sedaris short biography

David Raymond Sedaris was born on December 26, 1956 in Johnson City, New York. Sedaris was raised in a suburb of Raleigh and is the second child of six.

In his teens and twenties, he dabbled in visual and performance art. He describes his lack of success in several of his essays. After graduating from Jesse O. Sanderson High School in Raleigh, Sedaris briefly attended Western Carolina University[19] before transferring to and dropping out of Kent State University in 1977. He moved to Chicago in 1983 and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987.

After working many odd jobs across Raleigh, Sedaris landed on a weekly Radio program, The Wild Room after the host, Ira Glass of the program discovered Sedaris reading his diary in a Chicago club. The show completely changed Sedaris’ life. Sedaris’ success on The Wild Room led to his National Public Radio debut on December 23, 1992, when he read a radio essay on Morning Edition titled “SantaLand Diaries”, which described his experiences working as an elf at Macy’s department store during Christmas time in New York.

Never looking back, David Sedaris embarked on a journey of success he began recording a monthly segment for NPR and moved on to releasing his first collection of short stories, Barrel Fever in 1994. When, in 1995, Ira Glass began hosting the weekly hour-long PRI/Chicago Public Radio radio show This American Life, Sedaris became a frequent contributor. He also began publishing essays in Esquire and The New Yorker. The literary career of David Sedaris has produced numerous works of attention capturing books with substantial essays and short stories. In December 2008, Binghamton University awarded David Sedaris an honorary doctorate.

In addition to being a short story writer and an essayist, David Sedaris is also a playwright. He has written several plays under the name The Talent Family with his sister Amy Sedaris, an actor. These plays include Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994) and The Little Frieda Mysteries (1997) all of which were produced and presented by Meryl Vladimer.

David Sedaris continues to produce more works of literature. He currently lives with his long term partner Hugh Hamrick, who has been mentioned in a number of Sedaris’ stories.


  • Barrel Fever (1994)
  • Naked (1997)
  • Holidays on Ice (1997)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000)
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004)
  • Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (editor, 2005)
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008)
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (2010)
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls (April 2013)
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