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  • Born

    29 March 1961 (age 56)

Amy Sedaris (born March 29, 1961, in Endicott, New York) is an American actress, author, and comedian. She is the younger sister of humorist David Sedaris. They grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A former member of Chicago-based Second City and Annoyance Theatre comedy troupes, she is best known for her role as "Jerri Blank" in the television series Strangers with Candy. The show, which she co-wrote with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert was based on Sedaris' impression of 1970s motivational speaker Florrie Fisher.

Sedaris has appeared in the movies Elf, School of Rock, Maid in Manhattan, the film version of Bewitched and is featured in David Munro's upcoming Full Grown Men. She also starred in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers with Candy. In addition to acting, she runs a cupcake and cheese ball business ("Dusty Food Cupcakes") out of her kitchen.

Sedaris also hosted the series Film Fanatic on Trio. She coauthored the text-and-picture novel Wigfield with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, published in 2003. As of 2005, Sedaris writes a monthly advice column in The Believer. She has written a guide to entertaining titled I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, published in October 2006 by Warner Books.

Along with her brother, author and essayist David Sedaris, Amy has co-authored several plays under the name "The Talent Family." These include: Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997) and The Little Frieda Mysteries (1997) which where all produced and presented by Meryl Vladimer, when she was the artistic director of "the CLUB" at La MaMa E.T.C. Incident at Kobblers Knob was presented and produced by David Rockwell at the Lincoln Center Festival. She co-authored the play The Book of Liz with her brother. She played the stage manager in Paul Rudnick's play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.

Sedaris appeared in two episodes of Monk, an episode of Wonder Showzen, on Just Shoot Me! as a female version of David Spade's character, and as Carrie Bradshaw's book publisher in Sex and the City. She also played Paulie the P.P in the online comedy sketch 'The Puberty Pals'.. She guest-starred as Randy's cat-obsessed girlfriend in an October 2006 episode of My Name Is Earl.

Sedaris lives in Greenwich Village with her mini rex rabbit Dusty, and as part of a running joke during public appearances, Sedaris frequently alludes to her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky. During a January 2005 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, she claimed Ricky had "died," (murdered) and she now lives with Ricky's ghost. Later, on City Arts and Lectures, a radio show recorded in San Francisco, Amy said that Ricky had not really died, which is a good thing since she "couldn't handle the pain."

Sedaris has participated in PETA's anti-fur program.

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