Amy Sedaris

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Amy Sedaris & Paul Reiser

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Amy Sedaris on her new show: At Home with Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder the better. There's Jerri Blank from Strangers with Candy - a middle aged high school student with an overbite, weird highlights and a penchant for mom jeans. Or Mimi Kanasis, the crazed, kinda plastic-y socialite on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, too. But on her new show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy pretty much plays herself. She talks with Jesse about how that's a transition out of her normal comfort zone.

Also discussed: rabbits (she has one), monkfish (they smell bad when their dead), and Girl Scout badges (she has them all!)

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Paul Reiser on dramatizing the Tonight Show's golden days.

Paul Reiser is, of course, a longtime standup. Alongside Helen Hunt, he starred in the hit sitcom Mad About You. And he's been acting a lot lately, too - he's great in Amazon's Red Oaks, Stranger Things, he was in Whiplash too. He's also the creator of a brand new TV series, it's called There's Johnny and it's premiering this week on Hulu.

It's set in the early 70s, behind the scene of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiser knew Carson about as well as anybody could and dishes on what it was like appearing on his show almost a dozen times, how the show came together and what it was like following up a hit show like Mad About You.

The Outshot: Who Needs Donuts?

Finally, for this week's Outshot: Who needs "Who Needs Donuts?" You need "Who Needs Donuts?"

Amy Sedaris, Actress, Comedian and Author: Interview at The Sound of Young America Live at WNYC

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Our final guest from our live show at WNYC's Greene Space: Amy Sedaris. The very funny actress, comedian and author is known for her role in the creation of the bizarre TV comedy Strangers with Candy and its main character, Jerri Blank. She's also written a bestselling book on entertaining, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, which she discussed on The Sound of Young America several years ago.


Photo credits WNYC and Casey De Pont


Amy talks with us about where to get the best decorative preserved chipmunk, the power of transformation through costume, and crafting out of necessity. Her new book, which captures her can-do spirit and love of all of the aforementioned, is Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, is out now.

Amy Sedaris on Letterman

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A) This is my favorite thing in the world.
B) I am so excited to interview Amy again on Friday night.
C) This show with Amy and Jimmy Carr is one of my favorite middle-period Sound episodes.

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