Amy Sedaris

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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 56)
Endicott, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice actress, singer, author, screenwriter, comedian
Years active 1991–present

Amy Louise Sedaris[1] (/səˈdɛər.əs/; born March 29, 1961) is a Greek American actress, voice actress, singer, author, screenwriter and comedian. She is known for playing Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy. She regularly collaborates with her older brother David, a humorist and author. Since 2014, Sedaris has voiced the character Princess Carolyn in the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman.

Early life[edit]

Sedaris was born in Endicott, New York, the daughter of Sharon Elizabeth (née Leonard) and Louis Harry “Lou” Sedaris,[2] and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her siblings, Lisa, David, Gretchen, Tiffany, and Paul. Her father is of Greek descent and her mother was Anglo-American.[3] Her father is Greek Orthodox, and her mother was a Protestant. She was raised in her father’s Orthodox faith.[4][5]

At age 16, Sedaris worked at her local Winn-Dixie supermarket. She would make fake announcements over the loudspeaker, prompting the head cashier to confiscate the microphone. After work, she egged the cashier’s car in protest. Later, as a cocktail waitress at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, Illinois, she was fired for being five minutes late. She took her revenge on her boss: “I took his keys, and I threw them in the snow. I heard he found them in the spring.”[6]



A former member of Chicago-based Second City and Annoyance Theatre comedy troupes, her first major foray into television began in 1995 on the Comedy Central sketch show, Exit 57, which also starred Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello.[7] The show ran for one season.[7]

Beginning in 1999, Sedaris portrayed Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy.[8] The show, which she co-wrote with Dinello and Colbert, was based on Sedaris’s impression of 1970s-era motivational speaker Florrie Fisher.[9] The show ran for three seasons and would later inspire a full-length movie.[10]

Sedaris has made numerous guest appearances on a number of different TV programs, including Rescue Me, Monk, Wonder Showzen, Just Shoot Me!, Sex and the City, My Name Is Earl, The Closer, The Middle, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Raising Hope, and Sesame Street.[10] Sedaris also hosted the series Film Fanatic on Trio.[when?][10]

Sedaris has appeared on many talk shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, 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.[10] In 2008, Sedaris appeared on Chelsea Lately during which she gave host Chelsea Handler a presentation concerning vaginal hygiene with the aid of a plush vagina created by fashion designer Todd Oldham.

In 2007, Sedaris was featured in Dolly Parton‘s first mainstream country music video in 14 years, “Better Get to Livin’“.[11]

It was announced in October 2008 that Sedaris would be getting her own sitcom, produced by 20th Century Fox, which she will be creating, writing and starring in.[12] Also in late 2008, Sedaris did voiceovers in several commercials for the discount hair salon SuperCuts.[13][14]

In January 2009, Sedaris narrated the PBS special Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, a six-hour documentary on comedians and comedy in American history.[15]

In early 2010, she appeared as a supporting character in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour.[16]

From September 2010 to February 2011, she also voiced the WordGirl character Miss Davis, the Woodview School’s debate club teacher in the season 2 episode “Cleanup on Aisle Eleven” and where she was the schoolteacher of Becky, Todd, Violet, Tobey and Victoria in “Cherish is the Word” in season 3.

In December 2010, Sedaris was seen with Paul Dinello in the “Mummified Hand” episode of the Discovery/Science Channel show Oddities.

In 2011, she appeared in a series of commercials for Downy (Lenor UK) Unstopables, a fabric softener product. The ad was designed by Grey with the aim of “kicking the old ‘mom’ image with spots featuring ‘laundry expert’ (and accomplished lifestyle guru) Amy Sedaris”.[17]

In 2013, she replaced Kristen Schaal as the sex-crazed sister Hurshe Heartshe, in the Adult Swim surreal nightmarish comedy series The Heart, She Holler.

In 2013, Sedaris appeared in eight episodes of Amazon’s Alpha House, a political comedy series written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau.[18] Sedaris played Louise Laffer, the Mormon wife of Utah Senator Louis Laffer, who lives with three other Republican senators in a town house on Capitol Hill.

Since 2014, she has provided the voice for Princess Carolyn on the Netflix original show BoJack Horseman, a role which some critics consider to be her best work.[19]

In April 2016, Sedaris appeared on “Horace and Pete: Episode 10″. She played a character named Mara, looking for a job at Horace and Pete’s.[20]

Sedaris making brownies at the 2006 Texas Book Festival.


Sedaris has had small roles in a number of films, including Elf, School of Rock, Maid in Manhattan, Bewitched, Snow Angels, Full Grown Men, Old Dogs, Shrek the Third, and Chicken Little.[10] She also starred in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers with Candy.[10] Sedaris also had a large role in the comedy The Best and the Brightest.

She voiced Cinderella in Shrek the Third and reprised her role in Shrek Forever After. In 2008, Sedaris starred as principal Abby Hofman in Nickelodeon TV’s Gym Teacher: The Movie, directed by her Strangers with Candy co-star Paul Dinello.[10]

Print and other work[edit]

Sedaris at a book signing for her 2010 book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

She coauthored the text-and-picture novel Wigfield with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, published in 2003. As of 2005[update], 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. That light-hearted approach to cooking stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 12 weeks, and currently has over 350,000 copies in print.

Her book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People! (2010), included a cover that can be easily made into a hat, as David Letterman demonstrated during her appearance on his Late Show in October 2010.

Along with her brother David Sedaris, Amy has co-authored several plays under the name “The Talent Family”: Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997) and The Little Frieda Mysteries. She also co-authored the play The Book of Liz with him, which has gone on to productions at such regional theaters as No Name Players.[21]

Her theater work includes a role as the stage manager in Paul Rudnick‘s play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. 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.”[22]

In addition to acting and writing, she ran a cupcake and cheese ball business, Dusty Food Cupcakes, out of her home kitchen,[23] but has since ceased doing so.[24]

She was the emcee for Microsoft‘s 2010 annual employee meeting in Seattle, Washington on September 28, 2010.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Sedaris and her Strangers with Candy co-star Paul Dinello dated for eight years. Though their relationship ended, they have remained very close friends, and Dinello made Sedaris godmother to his son.[26][27][28] Sedaris has stated in several interviews that she has never wanted to get married or have children.[29]



Year Film Role Notes
1991 Big Deals Topaz Radulavitch Television film
1997 Bad Bosses Go to Hell Trendy Boss
Commandments Scholar
1998 Wheels of Fury Pepper Mills
Strangers with Candy: Retardation, a Celebration Jerri Blank Short film
Six Days, Seven Nights Robin’s Secretary
2001 Jump Tomorrow Student in Class
2002 Maid in Manhattan Rachel Hoffberg
2003 Untitled New York Pilot Connie Television film
School of Rock Mrs. Haynish
Elf Deb
2004 Neurotica Renee
My Baby’s Daddy Annabelle
2005 Strangers with Candy Jerri Blank
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 Movie Paulie the Penis Voice
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Principal Hoffman Television film
2009 Space Buddies Gravity Voice
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
2014 Ping Pong Summer Aunt Peggy
Chef Jen
Hits Crystal
2016 Ghost Team Victoria
2017 Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie Lieutenant Tucker


Year Film Role class Notes
1995–96 Exit 57 Various Characters 12 episodes
1999–2000 Strangers with Candy Geraldine Antonia “Jerri” Blank 30 episodes
2001 Fling The Receptionist 2 episodes
Just Shoot Me! Betsy Frayne 2 episodes
2002, 2003 Sex and the City Courtney Masterson 4 episodes
2002, 2003 Monk Gail Fleming 2 episodes
2004 Ed Kate McCormick 2 episodes
The Wrong Coast Various Characters Voice
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Charlie Donato Episode: “Head”
2005 Wonder Showzen Miss Amy Episode: “History”
2006 The Colbert Report Abraxxia Voice
2006 Sesame Street Snow White Episode: “Snow White’s Meltdown”
2006 My Name Is Earl Judy Episode: “Larceny of a Kitty Kat”
2007 Andy Barker, P.I. Rita Spaulding Episode: “The Lady Varnishes”
2007 Rescue Me Beth 2 episodes
2008 Yo Gabba Gabba! Tooth Fairy Episode: “Teeth”
2009-2012 American Dad! Woman’s Voice/Dr. Lizzy/Dr. Meg Penner Voice; 3 episodes
2009 The Closer Claire Howard 2 episodes
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Frances “Frankenstein” Episode: “Old Christine Meets Young Frankenstein”
2010 The Middle Abby Michaels Episode: “The Fun House”
2011 Royal Pains Nan Episode: “Mulligian”
2011 The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour Katherine Money (“K-Money”) (voice) Voice; 2 episodes
2011 SpongeBob SquarePants Ma Angler Voice; 2 episodes
2011 Raising Hope Delilah 3 episodes
2011 Bob’s Burgers Samantha Voice; 1 episode
2011 Hot In Cleveland Heather Shaw 2 episodes
2012 The Good Wife Stacie Hall 3 episodes
2012 30 Rock Visor Lady 1 episode
2013-2014 The Heart, She Holler Hershe Series regular; 22 episodes
2013-2014 Alpha House Louise Laffer Series regular; 14 episodes
2014 Lil Bub’s Special Special Herself
2014 Broad City Pam Episode: “Apartment Hunters”
2014–present BoJack Horseman Princess Carolyn Voice; 49 episodes
2015–17 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mimi Kanasis Recurring role; 8 episodes
2015 Kevin from Work Julia 4 episodes
2015 Difficult People Rita 1 episode
2016 Horace and Pete Mara Web series; 1 episode
2016 Adventure Time Bandit Princess Voice; 1 episode
2016 RuPaul’s Drag Race Herself (Guest Judge) 1 episode
2016 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Lydia/Mina Loveberry 3 episodes
2017 Match Game Herself/Panelist 1 episode
2017 Steven Universe Zircons 1 episode
2017 At Home with Amy Sedaris Various Characters 10 episodes



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