Amy Sedaris was appearing in town this evening as part of the University's Summer Arts Program, and I have been really looking forward to it since May.
Amy Sedaris was great; she was funny, gracious and incredibly patient. This may seem like an odd thing to say after seeing a comedienne, but there was a Q&A session with the audience at the end and the host who had been chatting with Amy Sedaris earlier was choosing who got to ask questions. The majority of the people who were invited to "ask a question" were just hogging the microphone to promote a local business. At one point Amy Sedaris invited an audience member to make a craft project with her. One enthusiastic young man was selected first, he literally vaulted onto the stage and really seemed into the whole thing. There were really only enough materials for one craft project, but the host then pulled a woman out of the audience as well. She turned out to be the owner of a large local shop, and getting her up on the stage seemed to be purely a way for the host to mention the name of it. It was just so transparent.
Amy Sedaris is staying at a local spa, and, during the Q&A, the owner was given the mic. She asked if Amy Sedaris liked eggs, Amy Sedaris seemed a little non-plussed by the question, but said no, not really. Don't like eggs? Umm, no? This seemed to go on forever, until the spa owner eventually said that she had been planning to make Amy Sedaris breakfast. It was like when a small child tries to tell a knock-knock joke to someone who doesn't know they are supposed to say "Who's there?" and the child just keeps trying to tell the joke anyway. But obviously the owner of the spa is an adult, so it was more uncomfortable then that even!
Amy Sedaris has a book, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People", coming out in November, that I think I might buy because she was just such a sweetheart this evening to put up with all the nonsense so politely. And I wished I had a copy of her last book, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" to get signed after the show, and I might just buy a copy anyway because she was so nice and funny. We should all get copies!
p.s. Amy Sedaris changed out of an ankle length gingham dress into a second-hand dress that a friend had altered for her and made extremely short. This is how I know Amy Sedaris has great legs.