US humourist David Sedaris entertains at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
- Nicola Balkind
- 22 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Author's events follow the publication of his essay collection, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls
With over seven million book sales and a Grammy nomination for the Carnegie Hall recording of his droll essays, David Sedaris could be forgiven for resting on his laurels.
But the American humorist and author is back on the road, returning to the Fringe with his acclaimed show An Evening With David Sedaris, in which he feeds off his audience, combining readings from his published essays and stories – delivered in signature nasal yet dulcet tones – with Q&A sessions and snippets from his personal diaries.
Best known in the UK for his uproarious essays and Radio 4 series Meet David Sedaris, this year he’s back in Edinburgh following sold-out runs at the Fringe in 2011 and at Cadogan Hall in London last year.
Combining sardonic wit with wild reference points, his incisive social critiques become take-downs of every living being you’ve come across and hated: the over-enthusiastic sales assistant who has miscalculated your interest in the finer details of their craft; the egomaniac that lives inside each of us, clamouring to get out.
Classic American-abroad murmurings meet obsessive-compulsive habits in his latest offering, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. Trenchant and hilarious, at one moment he unpacks the romance of buying a stuffed owl as a Valentine for his significant other; the next he’s inspiring gross-out reactions to the 400-year-old preserved teenage girl’s head subsequently proffered by the same taxidermist. Whatever the subject matter Sedaris chooses to discuss with his Edinburgh audience, it’s bound to be a hoot.
Venue 150 @ EICC, 0844 847 1639, until 24 Aug, 6.30pm, £20.