215 Festival: Amy Sedaris | I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence WITH John Hodgman | The Areas of My Expertise, John Coulton AND David Rees | Get Your War On
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The multi-talented Amy Sedaris is many things: actress (Comedy Central’s Strangers with Candy, Sex and the City), film star (Bewitched, Maid in Manhattan), and yes, David Sedaris’s sister. The movie version of Strangers with Candy, in which she stars alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman, recently played at your local theater. In I Like You, Sedaris serves up hospitality with a twist and includes the recipes for her popular cheese balls and cupcakes, sold at Joe Coffee in Manhattan.
A frequent guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and NPR’s This American Life, John Hodgman is the author of The Areas of My Expertise, an astounding compendium of faux truths. Dave Eggers comments, “His world is similar to our world, but better in that its geography is crossed by magic and hoboes and lies so odd and bold and true that they may even qualify as fiction.” The host and curator of the eclectic literature and music series, “The Little Gray Book Lectures,” Hodgman performs on stages nationwide and his writing appears in McSweeney’s, the New York Times and The Believer.
David Rees’s profane and irreverent political comic strip, Get Your War On, is seen by millions of readers online, in Rolling Stone, and other publications weekly. Biting satire coupled with a keen news sense are the hallmarks of Rees’s clip-art comics, which skewer both politicians and the media with dead aim.
Jonathan Coulton is the musical director of “The Little Gray Book Lectures,” for which he composes theme-appropriate music for nearly every show and also provides “the occasional quirky cover, haunting interlude, or graceful transition.” His full length CD is Smoking Monkey.