by David Sedaris
* Audio CD
* Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books (October 2003)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1586215647
* ISBN-13: 978-1586215644
* Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
* Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
From Publishers Weekly
Bestselling humorist Sedaris likes to test out new material on twice-a-year reading tours to get the rhythm and phrasing perfected before he puts them down on the page. This live recording of his October 22, 2002, reading at Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall finds Sedaris performing seven hilarious new pieces and taking a few questions from his audience. As uproarious as Sedaris is on the page, he’s even funnier reading his wickedly jaundiced reflections. With brilliant deadpan timing, Sedaris is a charm, whether being coaxed into purchasing his clothes in the women’s department by his sister Amy (”I’m the guy in a crowded steak house removing a jacket with the label reading ‘Sassy Sport’”) or untangling the Dutch legend of St. Nicholas and his “six to eight black men” slaves/assistants or trying to explain to guests–in French–that his boss has a rubber hand. Sedaris reaches his pinnacle of hilarity describing his purchase of the “Stadium Pal,” an exterior catheter marketed to “sports fans, truck drivers and anyone else who’s tired of searching for a bathroom.” He praises the “freedom leg bag” that conveniently attaches to the user’s calf: “The bag can be emptied and reused up to 12 times, making it both disgusting and cost-effective.”
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If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door-unless you don’t mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this CD, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey-the cast of characters in these stories is like no other. This new work will appeal to David’s loyal fans as well as admirers of the classic comedy albums of George Carlin, Bill Cosby and Steve Martin.