The difference between New Times childhood, out-of-this-world stories, and David Sedaris? Well, we werent one of six children in a second-generation Greek family. We dont have tales of hitchhiking around the country (were stuck here in South Florida). And weve never had a slew of charmingly quirky jobs such as working as an elf in Santas workshop, an aide in a mental hospital, or an apartment cleaner.
Best-selling author, humorist, and contributor to This American Life and the New Yorker, Sedaris regularly adds real personality to strange-but-true semiautobiographical recollections, making hysterical observations seem like nothing that could ever happen to anyone half resembling human. And quite frankly, so bizarre in some cases that we wish they had happened to us. Watch Sedaris turn his works of writing genius into comic monologues, retelling some of his hits, including passages from his latest novel, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). A stretch from his familiar works like Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, the books outrageously funny fables feature animals with unmistakenly human character traits. Tickets cost $42 to $57, plus fees. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com.
Fri., April 8, 8 p.m., 2011