Amy Sedaris

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Amy Sedaris
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Sedaris at BlogHer in 2007
Born
Amy Louise Sedaris

(1961-03-29) March 29, 1961 (age 60)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1990–present
Relatives David Sedaris (brother)

Amy Louise Sedaris ( /sɪˈdɛərɪs/ ; [1] born March 29, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Her breakout role came as Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central comedy series Strangers with Candy (1999–2000) and the prequel film Strangers with Candy (2005), which she also wrote.

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Sedaris appeared as Hurshe Heartshe in the Adult Swim comedy series The Heart, She Holler (2013–2014), as Princess Carolyn in the Netflix animated comedy series BoJack Horseman (2014–2020), and as Mimi Kanasis in the Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–2020). She received further critical acclaim as the creator and star of the TruTV surreal comedy series At Home with Amy Sedaris (2017–2020), which earned her two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. [2]

Sedaris appeared in various films, including Maid in Manhattan (2002), School of Rock (2003), Elf (2003), Bewitched (2005), Chicken Little (2005), Shrek the Third (2007), Jennifer's Body (2009), Puss in Boots (2011), Chef (2014), Ghost Team (2016), Handsome (2017), and The Lion King (2019). Most recently, she appeared in The Mandalorian (2019-2020) as Peli Motto.

Early life

Sedaris was born in Endicott, New York, to Sharon Elizabeth (née Leonard) and Louis Harry "Lou" Sedaris, [3] and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her five siblings: Lisa, David, Gretchen, Tiffany, and Paul. Her father is of Greek descent and her mother was an Anglo-American. [4] Her family was Greek Orthodox. [5] Her older brother is author David Sedaris.

As a teenager, Sedaris's first job was at the local Winn-Dixie supermarket, where she would make fake announcements over the loudspeaker. [6] [7] She later was a waitress at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, Illinois. [8] In her brother David's book, Me Talk Pretty One Day , he noted that Amy would often assume characters to play pranks on her family.

Sedaris graduated from Jesse O. Sanderson High School. [9]

Career

Television

A former member of Chicago-based Second City and Annoyance Theatre comedy troupes, Sedaris' first major foray into television began in 1995 on the Comedy Central sketch series Exit 57 , which also starred Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. For her performance, she was nominated for the 17th CableACE Award for Best Comedy Actress and the series was nominated for Best Comedy Series. It ran for a total of two seasons.[ citation needed ]

Beginning in 1999, Sedaris played Jerri Blank, a middle-aged woman who goes back to high school, in the Comedy Central comedy series Strangers with Candy . The series, which she co-wrote with Dinello and Colbert, was based on Sedaris's impression of 1970s-era motivational speaker Florrie Fisher. The show ran for three seasons and garnered a cult following after its run. In 2005, a film adaptation was released, acting as a prequel to the series.[ citation needed ]

Sedaris went on to make numerous guest appearances on television programs, including Just Shoot Me! (2001), Sex and the City (2002–2003), Monk (2002–2003), Wonder Showzen (2005), My Name Is Earl (2006), Sesame Street (2006), Rescue Me (2007), The Closer (2009), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2009), The Middle (2010), Raising Hope (2011–2014), and The Good Wife (2012). She also hosted the series Film Fanatic on Trio.

Sedaris' talk show appearances include Late Show with David Letterman , The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , Late Night with Conan O'Brien , Jimmy Kimmel Live! , The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson , The Daily Show , The Colbert Report , Late Night With Jimmy Fallon , and WTF with Marc Maron . While appearing on Chelsea Lately , she gave host Chelsea Handler a presentation on vaginal hygiene using a plush vagina created by fashion designer Todd Oldham.

Sedaris and David Rakoff at the 2006 Texas Book Festival Amy sedaris2 2006.jpg
Sedaris and David Rakoff at the 2006 Texas Book Festival

In 2008, Sedaris starred as Principal Abby Hofman in the Nickelodeon television film Gym Teacher: The Movie , which was directed by her Strangers with Candy co-star and frequent collaborator Paul Dinello.

In early 2010, she had a supporting character in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour . [10] Later in 2010, she appeared alongside Paul Dinello in the episode, "Mummified Hand", of the Discovery/Science Channel documentary series Oddities .

In 2011, she appeared in a series of commercials for Downy (Lenor UK) Unstoppables, a fabric softener product. Grey Global Group designed the commercials as "kicking the old 'mom' image with spots featuring 'laundry expert' (and accomplished lifestyle guru) Amy Sedaris". [11]

In 2013, she replaced Kristen Schaal as the sex-crazed Hurshe Heartshe, in the second season of the Adult Swim comedy series The Heart, She Holler . She also appeared in third and final season. [12] That same year, Sedaris appeared in a major recurring role in the Amazon Prime Video political satire series Alpha House , which was written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. [13] Sedaris played Louise Laffer, the Mormon wife of Nevada Senator Louis Laffer, who lives with three other Republican senators in a town house on Capitol Hill.

Sedaris later had a recurring role as Pam in the Comedy Central sitcom Broad City (2014–2019), as Rita in the Hulu dark comedy series Difficult People (2015–2017). From 2015 to 2020, she portrayed Mimi Kanasis in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt , for which she earned a nomination for the Gold Derby Award for Best Comedy Guest Actress.

In 2016, she made an appearance in the tragicomedy series Horace and Pete , as a character named Mara looking for a job at Horace and Pete's. [14] She also co-starred with Chris Elliott in the Sony Crackle family comedy series Thanksgiving.

In 2017, Sedaris created the TruTV surreal comedy series At Home with Amy Sedaris , which she also wrote and executive produced. The series focused on the comedian's love of entertaining, crafts, and cooking. She played numerous characters, including herself, Patty Hogg, Ronnie Vino, and Nutmeg. The series was met with critical acclaim upon its premiere, garnering two consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, and ran for three seasons.

Sedaris had a starring role as Janice Delongpre, a dispatch officer, in the CBS All Access comedy series No Activity , appearing in the series from 2017 to 2019. She had guest-starring roles as Cathy in the HBO comedy-drama series Divorce (2018) and as Peli Motto in the Disney+ space western series The Mandalorian (2019).

Voice

Sedaris has voiced commercials for the discount hair salon chain Supercuts, [15] [16] and was WordGirl character Miss Davis for two seasons. She also voiced the Bandit Princess in Adventure Time . [17] She narrated the PBS special Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, a six-hour documentary on comedians and comedy in American history. [18]

In film, Sedaris voiced Foxy Loxy in the science fiction comedy Chicken Little (2005), Cinderella in the animated fantasy comedy Shrek the Third (2007), [19] Gravity in the family comedy Space Buddies (2009), Jill in the adventure comedy Puss in Boots (2011), Betty in the fantasy comedy Super Buddies (2013), and Aunt Ida in the English dub of the Academy Award-nominated comedy drama My Life as a Courgette (2016).

She voiced the role of Audrey Temple in two seasons of the podcast Homecoming (2016–2017). [20] The series was later adapted into a series of the same name, starring Julia Roberts. [21] Sedaris' character was portrayed in the series by Hong Chau.

Sedaris voiced characters in numerous animated series. From 2014 to 2020, she provided the voice for Princess Carolyn in the Netflix adult animated comedy series BoJack Horseman , a role which some critics consider her best work. [22]

She also voiced various characters in the Fox adult comedy series American Dad! (2009–2012), Ma Angler in the Nickelodeon children's comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants (2011–2019), Lydia / Mina Loveberry in the Disney Channel action fantasy series Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2016–2019), the Zircons in the Cartoon Network coming-of-age series Steven Universe (2017), and Samantha in the Netflix adult comedy series F is for Family (2020).

In 2019, Sedaris voiced a Guinea Fowl in the musical drama film The Lion King (2019), which is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of Disney's 1994 film of the same name. [23]

Film

Throughout her career, Sedaris had supporting roles in a number of feature films. She appeared in the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan (2002), the musical comedy School of Rock (2003), the Christmas comedy Elf (2003), and the fantasy comedy Bewitched (2005).

Her first leading film role came in the 2005 film adaptation Strangers with Candy , which she also co-wrote. She followed this with supporting roles in the comedy-drama film Full Grown Men (2006), the drama film Snow Angels (2007), and the ensemble comedy film Old Dogs (2009).

Sedaris had a large role in the comedy film The Best and the Brightest , which was released in 2010. [24] She went on to star in the horror comedy film Jennifer's Body (2009), the comedy-drama film Chef (2014), the supernatural comedy film Ghost Team (2016), the mystery comedy film Handsome (2017), and the comedy film Save Yourselves! (2020).

Writing

Sedaris at a book signing for Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People in 2010 AmySedaris4.jpg
Sedaris at a book signing for Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People in 2010

In 2003, Sedaris co-authored the text-and-picture novel Wigfield , alongside collaborators Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert.

Sedaris has contributed several articles for The Believer magazine since 2005. In a 2006 interview with the magazine, she answered part of a Q&A section with, "TURN-OFFS: The beach, having to pay for things, racist people, Orientals." [25]

In 2006, she released I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, a guide to entertaining, which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 12 weeks after its initial publication. [26] [ page needed ]

In 2010, she released the crafting book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People!. While promoting her book on Late Night with David Letterman in October 2010, she demonstrated how the cover can easily be made into a hat.[ citation needed ]

Theater

Amy has co-written several plays with her brother David, credited only as "The Talent Family": Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997), and The Little Frieda Mysteries (1997). She also co-authored the play The Book of Liz (2002), which had been produced at regional theaters as No Name Players. [27]

She played a role as the Stage Manager in Paul Rudnick's play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (1998) and as Froggy in Douglas Carter Beane's play The Country Club (1998), the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. She also had a role in David Lindsay-Abaire's play Wonder of the World and the stage adaptation of her book Wigfield (2003), alongside Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert.

Other work

In support of PETA's anti-fur campaign, Sedaris appeared as her Strangers with Candy character in an ad that reads, "When you wear fur, people laugh at you, not with you." [28]

In 2007, Sedaris was featured in Dolly Parton's first mainstream country music video in fourteen years, "Better Get to Livin' ". [29]

She was the emcee for Microsoft's 2010 annual employee meeting in Seattle, Washington on September 28, 2010. [30]

Personal life

Sedaris ran a cupcake and cheeseball business, Dusty Food Cupcakes, out of her home kitchen, but has since ceased doing so. 'Dusty' was the name of her pet rabbit. [31] [32]

Sedaris was in an eight-year relationship with actor/writer Paul Dinello. After their breakup, they remain close friends, and Sedaris is godmother to his two children. [33] [34] [35] Sedaris has stated in several interviews that she has never desired to marry or have children. [36]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Bad Bosses Go to HellTrendy Boss
Commandments Scholar
1998Wheels of FuryPepper MillsShort film
Six Days, Seven Nights Robin's Secretary
2001 Jump Tomorrow Other Student in Class
2002 Maid in Manhattan Rachel Hoffberg
2003 School of Rock Mrs. Haynish
Elf Deb
2004NeuroticaRenee
My Baby's Daddy Annabelle
2005 Strangers with Candy Jerri BlankAlso writer
Bewitched Gladys Kravitz
Romance & Cigarettes Frances
Stay Toni
Chicken Little Foxy Loxy (voice)
2006 Full Grown Men Trina
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Ms. Clark
2007 Snow Angels Barb Petite
Dedication Cassidy's Mom
Shrek the Third Cinderella (voice)
Puberty: The MoviePaulie the Penis (voice)
2009 Space Buddies Gravity (voice)Direct-to-video
Dance Flick Ms. Cameltoé
Jennifer's Body Toni Lesnicki
Tanner Hall Mrs. Middlewood
Old Dogs Condo Woman
2010 Beware the Gonzo Diane Gilman
The Best and the Brightest Sue Lemon
2011 Puss in Boots Jill (voice)
2013 Super Buddies Betty (voice)Direct-to-video
2014 Ping Pong Summer Aunt Peggy
Chef Jen
Hits Crystal
Goodbye to All That Holly
2016 My Life as a Courgette Aunt Ida (voice)English dub
Ghost Team Victoria
2017The Parable of the Disappearing ReclinerDonnaShort film
Handsome Lieutenant Tucker
Observatory BluesFernando's WifeShort film
2019 The Lion King Guineafowl (voice)
2020 Save Yourselves! Jack's Mom
2021 The Boss Baby: Family Business Tina Templeton (voice)
TBA Somebody I Used to Know Filming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Big DealsTopaz RadulavitchTelevision film
1995–1996 Exit 57 VariousMain role; 12 episodes
Also creator and writer
1999–2000 Strangers with Candy Geraldine Antonia "Jerri" BlankMain role; 31 episodes
Also creator and writer
2001FlingThe Receptionist2 episodes
Just Shoot Me! Betsy Frayne2 episodes
2002–2003 Sex and the City Courtney Masterson4 episodes
Monk Gail Fleming2 episodes
2003Untitled New York PilotConnieUnsold pilot
2004 Ed Kate McCormick2 episodes
Cracking Up MarlaEpisode: "Prom Night"
The Wrong Coast Various voicesUnknown episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Charlie DonatoEpisode: "Head"
2005 Wonder Showzen Miss AmyEpisode: "History"
2006 Sesame Street Snow WhiteEpisode: "Snow White's Meltdown"
My Name Is Earl JudyEpisode: "Larceny of a Kitty Kat"
2006–2014 The Colbert Report Klanswoman / Abraxxia (voice)2 episodes
2007 Andy Barker, P.I. Rita SpauldingEpisode: "The Lady Varnishes"
Rescue Me Beth2 episodes
2008 Yo Gabba Gabba! Tooth FairyEpisode: "Teeth"
Gym Teacher: The Movie Principal HoffmanTelevision film
2009 The Closer Claire Howard2 episodes
The New Adventures of Old Christine Frances "Frankenstein" SteinEpisode: "Old Christine Meets Young Frankenstein"
2009–2012 American Dad! Various voices3 episodes
2010 The Middle Abby MichaelsEpisode: "The Fun House"
Oddities HerselfEpisode: "Mummified Hand"
2010–2012 WordGirl Various voices3 episode
2011 Royal Pains NanEpisode: "Mulligian"
The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour Katherine "K-Money" Money6 episodes
The Problem Solverz Unknown voiceEpisode: "Neon Knome"
Bob's Burgers Samantha (voice)Episode: "Weekend at Mort's"
Hot In Cleveland Heather Shaw2 episodes
2011–2014 Raising Hope Delilah3 episodes
2011–2019 SpongeBob SquarePants Ma Angler (voice)2 episodes
2012 The Good Wife Stacie Hall3 episodes
Necessary Roughness Dr. Jane CrosettiEpisode: "What's Eating You?"
30 Rock Visor LadyEpisode: "Unwindulax"
2013F to 7thKateEpisode: "Family"
Doc McStuffins Dress-Up Daisy (voice)2 episodes
Monsters vs. Aliens Dr. Cutter (voice)Episode: "The Mystery of Dr. Cutter"
2013–2014 The Heart, She Holler Hurshe HeartsheMain role; 22 episodes
Alpha House Louise Laffer14 episodes
2014Lil Bub's Special SpecialHerselfTelevision special
Mr. Pickles Sally (voice)Episode: "Dead Man's Curve"
Seriously DistractedJD3 episodes
Dead Boss MaryUnsold pilot
2014–2019 Broad City Pam2 episodes
2014–2020 BoJack Horseman Princess Carolyn / Various voicesMain role; 61 episodes
2015 Clarence Ms. Donna-Joe Judley / Woman (voice)Episode: "Hoofin' It"
Kevin from Work Julia4 episodes
Regular Show Mrs. Kessler / Jayla (voice)Episode: "The Eileen Plan"
2015–2017 Difficult People Rita3 episodes
2015–2020 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mimi Kanasis14 episodes
2016 The 7D Nocturna (voice)Episode: "In Yer Dreams Pal/The Great Glitterpillar"
Horace and Pete MaraEpisode: "Episode 10"
Adventure Time Bandit Princess (voice)Episode: "I Am a Sword"
Odd Mom Out ElnaEpisode: "Crushed"
ThanksgivingKathy MorganMain role; 8 episodes
RuPaul's Drag Race HerselfEpisode: "RuPaul Book Ball"
2016–2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Lydia / Mina Loveberry (voice)13 episodes
2017 Steven Universe Zircons (voice)Episode: "The Trial"
Sas & JakeJake's MomUnsold pilot
2017–present No Activity Janice DelongpreMain role; 21 episodes
2017–2020 Match Game Herself4 episodes
2017–2020 At Home with Amy Sedaris Herself / VariousMain role; 30 episodes
Also creator, writer, and executive producer
2018 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Subway RiderEpisode: "October 19, 2018"
Divorce Cathy2 episodes
2019 Twelve Forever Sadmantha (voice)Episode: "Reggie's Dad Forever"
Pinky Malinky Helga Hilltop (voice)Unknown episode
You're Not a Monster Medusa (voice)2 episodes
2019–2020 The Mandalorian Peli Motto3 episodes
2020 The National Lampoon Radio Hour Various voicesEpisode: "Björk Easter"
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vivian Slopworth (voice)Episode: "Always Be Brownies/Mystery Meat"
Bubble Guppies Witch / Furry Godmother (voice)Episode: "A Furry Tale!"
F is for Family Samantha (voice)5 episodes
DuckTales Pepper (voice)3 episodes
2021 Robot Chicken Betty Cooper (voice)Episode: "The Bleepin' Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special"
Betty Woman on TrailEpisode: "Sweet Tooth"

Theater

YearTitleRoleVenueRef.
1993Stump the HostPerformer La MaMa Experimental Theatre [37]
[38]
[39]
1994Stitches
1995One Woman Shoe
1997Incident at Cobblers Knob
The Little Frieda Mysteries
1998 The Country Club Froggy Greenwich House Theater
The Most Fabulous Story Ever ToldStage Manager New York Theatre Workshop
2001 Wonder of the World Barbara / Janie Manhattan Theatre Club
2002The Book of LizPerformer La MaMa Experimental Theatre
2003 Wigfield Lucille Lortel Theatre

Video game

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2005 Chicken Little Foxy Loxy

Music video

YearTitleArtistRoleRef.
2007"Better Get to Livin'" Dolly Parton Hawker / Fortune Teller [40]

Podcast

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2016–2017 Homecoming Audrey Temple

Bibliography

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryWorkResultRef.
1995 CableACE Awards Best Actress in a Comedy SeriesExit 57Nominated [41]
Best Comedy SeriesNominated
2000 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play The Country ClubNominated [42]
2002 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured ActressWonder of the WorldNominated
2016 Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Guest ActressUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated [43]
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series At Home with Amy SedarisNominated [44]
2019 Writers Guild of America Awards Best Comedy / Variety Sketch SeriesNominated [45]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch SeriesNominated [46]
2020 Writers Guild of America Awards Best Comedy / Variety Sketch SeriesNominated [47]
2021 Writers Guild of America Awards Won [48]

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