Live from Carnegie Hall: David Sedaris
To celebrate the anniversary of its recording, this installment of Live from Carnegie Hall features the much-loved result of humorist David Sedaris's Carnegie Hall appearance a decade ago.
Artist: David Sedaris
Album: David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall
Label: Time Warner Audio Books
Date Recorded: October 22, 2002
Fun Fact: David Sedaris was a double–Grammy nominee in 2004. David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall was beaten by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents ... America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction for Best Comedy Album, while Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim lost out to Bill Clinton's My Life in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
In a 2010 article, The Guardian reported, "When Sedaris appeared at Carnegie Hall in 2002, a reporter from The New York Observer asked [David's father] Lou whether he had ever expected to see his son playing Carnegie Hall. 'Well,' his dad replied, 'I expected to see him cleaning Carnegie Hall.'"
Instead, humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris made his Carnegie Hall debut—and only appearance to date—to a packed and appreciative house on October 22, 2002.
Sedaris read selections from published and upcoming works that included "Repeat After Me," in which his family plays a prominent role; "Why Them?," an introduction to NPR's Ira Glass and Terry Gross show; and "Six to Eight Black Men," in which Sedaris tries to unravel various European myths about Santa.
Including questions from the audience, Sedaris's material spans the gamut from irreverent to nostalgic and risqué to poignant—yet it's always funny.
Title page from the Playbill for David Sedaris's appearance at Carnegie Hall. Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.
David Sedaris reads his "Six to Eight Black Men," as performed on David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall.