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April 20, 2008

Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris Vital Stats
Birth Name: Amy Sedaris
Birth Date: March 29, 1961
Birth Place: Endicott, New York
Height: 5’1½”
Romantic Link: None

Amy Sedaris Interesting Facts

When Amy Sedaris is not acting, she runs a cupcake and cheeseball business out of her home in Greenwich Village (Amy's Cupcakes).

Growing up, Amy Sedaris failed the first grade.

Amy Sedaris Biography

Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961, in Endicott, New York to parents Lou and Sharon Sedaris and was raised with her older siblings Lisa, David and Gretchen and younger sister Tiffany and younger brother Paul.

When Amy was quite young, however, before her youngest brother was even born, the family relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, because her dad was transferred there by the company he worked for at the time (IBM).

Sedaris joins Second City Troupe

Amy grew up idolizing her older brother David Sedaris and wanted to emulate her own life after his, so when she graduated from Jesse O. Sanderson High School in 1980, it didn’t take long before her brother managed to lure her away from Raleigh and to Chicago.

With David’s help, Amy found herself enjoying comedy immensely and before she knew it, she had joined comedy’s Second City Troupe and became a mainstay on their stage.

While she performed there regularly, Amy did stints alongside Tim Meadows, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello, among others. She and her brother eventually developed their own regular piece of sketch comedy called “Talent Family,” which was quite popular among audiences.

Sedaris in Strangers With Candy

By the time the ‘90s rolled around, Amy found herself walking away from Chicago and heading toward New York, where she created her first TV show called Exit 57 with colleagues Colbert, Dinello and Mitch Rouse.

The show lasted for two seasons on Comedy Central and by 1997, Amy took a step onto the big screen, when she starred as a scholar on the film Commandments.

In 1998, Amy once again teamed up with the boys and created Strangers With Candy, another Comedy Central show that ended up with a cult following and garnered Amy tons of attention in her starring role as Geraldine “Jerri” Blank, an ex-con and ex-junkie.

Amy Sedaris writes Wigfield

Throughout her rising fame, though, Amy continued to work as a waitress between writing and starring on the show, and continuing to do a semi-annual Talent Family show alongside her brother.

Amy continued to get bit parts in movies like Six Days Seven Nights (1998), Jump Tomorrow (2001), Maid in Manhattan (2002), The School of Rock, Elf (both in 2003), Neurotica, and My Baby’s Daddy (both in 2004),

In between her movie roles in 2003, Amy also had some time to put together a book called Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not with Dinello and Colbert. The trio turned the book into a play that same year, to much critical acclaim.

Sedaris in Dedication

By 2004, Entertainment Weekly placed Amy and her brother at No. 8 on the list of the 25 Funniest People in America.

Amy kept busy throughout 2005 starring in Bewitched, Stay, Chicken Little (as Foxy Loxy), and I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With.

In 2006, Amy brought her Jerri Blank character to the big screen in the Strangers With Candy: The Movie, although the movie may only be seen in a limited amount of theaters. But she can be seen in three other movies: Dedication, Snow Angels and Full Grown Men.

And in August 2006, Amy’s book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, was available on bookstore shelves, and received stellar reviews from Publishers Weekly.

In October 2006, Amy guest-starred on NBC’s My Name Is Earl, and was featured in Dolly Parton’s 2007 video for “Better Get to Livin’.”

Amy Sedaris bakes cheeseballs

Currently, Amy lives with her pet rabbit Dusty in her Greenwich Village apartment, and when she’s not busy writing or starring in a film, play or short, or making audio versions of her brother’s books, you can find Amy baking cheeseballs and cupcakes, and living happily single.

IMDb - Amy Sedaris

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