Nobody Can Do The Humor of David Sedaris as well as…well, David Sedaris [Berkshire on Stage]

September 30th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Sara

David Sedaris @ The Colonial Theatre

Not only is David Sedaris funny, but he has reached that magic moment in life where he doesn’t have to worry about what other people think of him. He’s probably sold ten million copies of his books, is a regular fixture on NPR and television, adored by the same fans that love David Letterman and Jon Stewart. And what is really interesting is that so much of the humor is self-deprecating, acknowledging that by the normal rules, he does not really fit in. but he can pass for normal if he tries.

So it was great news when the Berkshire Theatre Group announced that David Sedaris, NPR Humorist and Bestselling Author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, will be speaking at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are VIP: $75 A: $65 • B: $45 • C: $25. The VIP tickets include preferred seating. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am–5pm, Saturdays 10am–2pm or on any performance day from 10am until intermission.

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LIVE: David Sedaris @ Proctors, 4/9/11

April 11th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

David Sedaris has a great gig, although he doesn’t think he has a job – he just writes stuff to please himself… and a small army of loyal readers who filled Proctors’ main theater to catch the Schenectady stop on his current 34-city tour. Listed under Proctors’ comedy events, Sedaris is more accurately a humorist. Neatly dressed, he worked from behind a podium while reading from three works (some in progress), excerpts from his diary and a little Q&A at the end.

His first reading was from an earlier work, “The Squirrel and the Chipmunk.” He got a round of applause just by announcing the title – this guy is a rock star of the literati. Who says nobody reads anymore? This story, actually more of an R-rated fable, concerns a short romance between a squirrel and a chipmunk, their lack of things to talk about, awkward silences, familial disapproval and confusion about what jazz is. The squirrel says he likes jazz and the chipmunk, to be agreeable but having no idea what it is, says she likes it too and then worries what she just agreed to. Sedaris milks the comic possibilities of this misunderstanding, including the possibility that jazz refers to a totally non-missionary sexual practice. The analogies to our human foibles were quite clear but didn’t hurt too bad as we were too distracted by the entertaining wrapping.

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