Crafts and laughs

Amy Sedaris to perform at the Weinberg Center

Amy Sedaris to perform at the Weinberg Center

November 06, 2008|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

FREDERICK, Md. - Comedian Amy Sedaris is on a mission for googly eyes.

Seems a frenzy to get ready for a craft fair in December has left her low on the funny moving eyes. So she's searching drawers in her Manhattan home for the eyes that'll add just the right touch to her projects.

Those who are familiar with Sedaris from her critically acclaimed turn as ex-drug addict Jerri Blank in "Strangers with Candy" might have a hard time thinking of her as a craft maven.

"My family always did stuff. It's not Martha Stewart, but I've been crafting all my life," she says during a telephone interview.


Sedaris will appear at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. During the evening, she'll answer audience questions and also do a craft demonstration.

Crafts, she says, are something she's enjoyed since she was in Girl Scouts. And when she's not working as an actress, she's busy crafting things such as potholders, painted rocks and, of course, "anything with googly eyes."

Sedaris, who wrote an entertainment guide titled "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" (Grand Central Publishing, 2006), also has side gigs making cheese balls and cupcakes out of her Manhattan home.

This summer she decided not to deliver her vanilla cupcakes in New York. Not because of the heat, she says, but because she was too busy. She's just recently finished filming episodes for "The Closer," and she and Paul Dinello recently signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop a comedy series. The deal is so new that Sedaris says she doesn't have anything to tell, other than that the ideas will come from a notebook in which she's kept ideas for years.

At 47, Sedaris has made sure to keep working since her days with Second City and Annoyance Theatre. In addition to "Strangers," which was co-written with Dinello and Stephen Colbert, she's appeared in more than a handful of films and TV roles.

She credits her work ethic pretty young - after failing first grade.

"I learned that things aren't going to come to me. I have to create my own projects," she says.

She's also co-written several plays and skits with her older brother, David Sedaris, the well-known author and essayist. She says working with her brother is fun. "We think so much alike," she says. "Nobody can come close to it."

There aren't any plans for "Strangers with Candy 2," she says. And after three Comedy Central seasons and a movie with Jerri, Sedaris says she doesn't miss the character. "I can pop in and out of her anytime I want to," she says.

If you go ...

WHAT: Amy Sedaris

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md.

COST: $20 to $27

MORE: To purchase tickets, call the Weinberg Center for the Arts at 301-600-2828 or go online at

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