Making Fun of You for You

Perhaps it started with Jonathan Swift’s A Modern Proposal, which satirically suggests poor people in Ireland sell their children as food to the rich in order to prevent the children from becoming a burden on their poverty-stricken parents.  Since then, the mid-1700s, readers have found it exciting and sort of necessary to read works that sardonically point fingers at the politics of life, human nature, and actual politics.  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are our generation’s answer to Mr. Swift – unveiling the ridiculous qualities of politics for what they are.  David Sedaris, similarly, shows us how our everyday lives provide such rich comic material – he points a finger at the hilarious truths of the day-to-day.

Author of such widely read works as NakedMe Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Sedaris has been featured on NPR’s “This American Life” and was hailed by Time Magazine as “Humorist of the Year” in 2001.  His stories’ topics range from growing up in his middle class family in North Carolina, his visit to a nudist colony, his drug use, and the difficulty in learning the language after his move to Normandy, France with boyfriend, Hugh.  Speaking for one night only at UCLA’s Royce Hall, on Wednesday, April 29, Sedaris will read excerpts from new, unpublished works.  While the subject matter hasn’t been revealed, there are a few things you can be certain of – he’ll be pointing a satirical finger at himself, society, and by extension, you and me.  Thank god for people like him; they remind us to have a sense of humor about ourselves and the silly things we do everyday!

 

David Sedaris will speak at UCLAs Royce Hall on Wed. April 29 at 8:00pm.  For more information, please call (310) 825-2101.

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