Amy Louise Sedaris (//; born March 29, 1961) is an American actress, comedian and writer known for voicing the character Princess Carolyn in the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. She regularly collaborates with her older brother David, a humorist and author. Previously, Sedaris played Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy.
Sedaris at BlogHer in 2007
Amy Louise Sedaris
March 29, 1961
Endicott, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Greenwich Village, New York, U.S.|
|Home town||Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Relatives||David Sedaris (brother)|
Sedaris was born in Endicott, New York, the daughter of Sharon Elizabeth (née Leonard) and Louis Harry "Lou" Sedaris, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her siblings, Lisa, David, Gretchen, Tiffany, and Paul. Her father is of Greek descent and her mother was an Anglo-American. Her father is Greek Orthodox, and her mother was a Protestant. She was raised in her father's Orthodox faith.
At age 16, Sedaris worked at her local Winn-Dixie supermarket. She would make fake announcements over the loudspeaker, prompting the head cashier to confiscate the microphone and threaten to fire her. After work, she egged the cashier's car in protest. Later, as a cocktail waitress at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, Illinois, she was fired for being five minutes late. She took her revenge on her boss: "I took his keys, and I threw them in the snow. I heard he found them in the spring." According to David Sedaris' book Me Talk Pretty One Day, Amy was a very dramatic child and would often assume characters to play pranks on her family.
A former member of Chicago-based Second City and Annoyance Theatre comedy troupes, Sedaris' first major foray into television began in 1995 on the Comedy Central sketch show, Exit 57, which also starred Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. The show ran for one season.
Beginning in 1999, Sedaris portrayed Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy. The show, which she co-wrote with Dinello and Colbert, was based on Sedaris's impression of 1970s-era motivational speaker Florrie Fisher. The show ran for three seasons and would later inspire a full-length movie.
Sedaris has made numerous guest appearances on a number of different TV programs, including Rescue Me, Monk, Wonder Showzen, Just Shoot Me!, Sex and the City, My Name Is Earl, The Closer, The Middle, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Raising Hope, and Sesame Street. Sedaris also hosted the series Film Fanatic on Trio.[when?]
Sedaris has appeared on many talk shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and WTF with Marc Maron. In 2008, Sedaris appeared on Chelsea Lately during which she gave host Chelsea Handler a presentation concerning vaginal hygiene with the aid of a plush vagina created by fashion designer Todd Oldham.
It was announced in October 2008 that Sedaris would be getting her own sitcom. However, this never came to fruition.
From September 2010 to February 2011, she also voiced the WordGirl character Miss Davis, the Woodview School's debate club teacher in the season 2 episode "Cleanup on Aisle Eleven" and where she was the schoolteacher of Becky, Todd, Violet, Tobey and Victoria in "Cherish is the Word" in season 3.
In December 2010, Sedaris appeared with Paul Dinello in the "Mummified Hand" episode of the Discovery/Science Channel show Oddities.
In 2011, she appeared in a series of commercials for Downy (Lenor UK) Unstoppables, a fabric softener product. The ad was designed by Grey with the aim of "kicking the old 'mom' image with spots featuring 'laundry expert' (and accomplished lifestyle guru) Amy Sedaris".
In 2013, Sedaris appeared in eight episodes of Amazon's Alpha House, a political comedy series written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. Sedaris played Louise Laffer, the Mormon wife of Utah Senator Louis Laffer, who lives with three other Republican senators in a town house on Capitol Hill.
Since 2014, she has provided the voice for Princess Carolyn on the Netflix original show BoJack Horseman, a role which some critics consider to be her best work. She had also voiced the Bandit Princess in Adventure Time.
Since 2015, she has portrayed Mimi Kanasis on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
On December 31, 2017, she appeared on CNN's New Year's Eve with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen with 5 second cynical weathercasts advising how cold it was (temperature was between 10 and 14 degrees for the entire telecast).
Sedaris has had small roles in a number of films, including Elf, School of Rock, Maid in Manhattan, Bewitched, Snow Angels, Full Grown Men, Old Dogs, Shrek the Third, and Chicken Little. She also starred in the 2006 film adaptation of Strangers with Candy. Sedaris also had a large role in the comedy The Best and the Brightest.
She voiced Cinderella in Shrek the Third and reprised her role in Shrek Forever After. In 2008, Sedaris starred as principal Abby Hofman in Nickelodeon TV's Gym Teacher: The Movie, directed by her Strangers with Candy co-star Paul Dinello. She voiced Guinea Fowl in The Lion King (2019).
Print and other workEdit
She coauthored the text-and-picture novel Wigfield with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, published in 2003. As of 2005[update], Sedaris writes a monthly advice column in The Believer. She has written a guide to entertaining titled I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, published in October 2006 by Warner Books. That light-hearted approach to cooking stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 12 weeks, and currently has over 350,000 copies in print.
Her book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People! (2010), included a cover that can be easily made into a hat, as David Letterman demonstrated during her appearance on his Late Show in October 2010.
Along with her brother, David Sedaris, Amy has co-authored several plays under the name "The Talent Family": Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997) and The Little Frieda Mysteries. She also co-authored the play The Book of Liz with him, which has gone on to productions at such regional theaters as No Name Players.
Her theater work includes a role as the stage manager in Paul Rudnick's play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. In support of PETA's anti-fur campaign, Sedaris appeared as her Strangers with Candy character in an ad that reads, "When you wear fur, people laugh at you, not with you."
Sedaris and her Strangers with Candy co-star Paul Dinello dated and lived together for eight years. Though their romantic relationship ended, they have remained very close friends. Sedaris is godmother to his two children. Sedaris has stated in several interviews that she has never desired to marry nor have children.
|1991||Big Deals||Topaz Radulavitch||Television film|
|1997||Bad Bosses Go to Hell||Trendy Boss|
|1998||Wheels of Fury||Pepper Mills|
|Strangers with Candy: Retardation, a Celebration||Jerri Blank||Short film|
|Six Days, Seven Nights||Robin's Secretary|
|2001||Jump Tomorrow||Student in Class|
|2002||Maid in Manhattan||Rachel Hoffberg|
|2003||Untitled New York Pilot||Connie||Television film|
|School of Rock||Mrs. Haynish|
|My Baby's Daddy||Annabelle|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Jerri Blank|
|Romance & Cigarettes||Frances|
|Chicken Little||Foxy Loxy (voice)|
|2006||Full Grown Men||Trina|
|I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||Ms. Clark|
|2007||Snow Angels||Barb Petite|
|Shrek the Third||Cinderella (voice)|
|Puberty: The Movie||Paulie the Penis (voice)|
|2008||Gym Teacher: The Movie||Principal Hoffman||Television film|
|2009||Space Buddies||Gravity (voice)|
|Dance Flick||Ms. Cameltoé|
|Jennifer's Body||Toni Lesnicki|
|Tanner Hall||Mrs. Middlewood|
|Old Dogs||Condo Woman|
|2010||Beware the Gonzo||Diane Gilman|
|The Best and the Brightest||Sue Lemon|
|2011||Puss in Boots||Jill (voice)|
|2014||Ping Pong Summer||Aunt Peggy|
|2017||Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie||Lieutenant Tucker|
|2019||The Lion King||Guinea Fowl (voice)|
|1995–1996||Exit 57||Various Characters||12 episodes|
|1999–2000||Strangers with Candy||Geraldine Antonia "Jerri" Blank||30 episodes|
|2001||Fling||The Receptionist||2 episodes|
|Just Shoot Me!||Betsy Frayne||2 episodes|
|2002, 2003||Sex and the City||Courtney Masterson||4 episodes|
|2002, 2003||Monk||Gail Fleming||2 episodes|
|2004||Ed||Kate McCormick||2 episodes|
|The Wrong Coast||Various Characters (voice)|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Charlie Donato||Episode: "Head"|
|2005||Wonder Showzen||Miss Amy||Episode: "History"|
|2006||The Colbert Report||Abraxxia (voice)|
|2006||Sesame Street||Snow White||Episode: "Snow White's Meltdown"|
|2006||My Name Is Earl||Judy||Episode: "Larceny of a Kitty Kat"|
|2007||Andy Barker, P.I.||Rita Spaulding||Episode: "The Lady Varnishes"|
|2007||Rescue Me||Beth||2 episodes|
|2008||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Tooth Fairy||Episode: "Teeth"|
|2009–2012||American Dad!||Woman's Voice/Dr. Lizzy/Dr. Meg Penner (voices)||3 episodes|
|2009||The Closer||Claire Howard||2 episodes|
|2009||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Frances "Frankenstein"||Episode: "Old Christine Meets Young Frankenstein"|
|2010||The Middle||Abby Michaels||Episode: "The Fun House"|
|2011||Royal Pains||Nan||Episode: "Mulligian"|
|2011||The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour||Katherine Money ("K-Money") (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011||SpongeBob SquarePants||Ma Angler (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011||Raising Hope||Delilah||3 episodes|
|2011||Bob's Burgers||Samantha (voice)||1 episode|
|2011||Hot In Cleveland||Heather Shaw||2 episodes|
|2012||The Good Wife||Stacie Hall||3 episodes|
|2012||30 Rock||Visor Lady||1 episode|
|2013–2014||The Heart, She Holler||Hershe||Series regular; 22 episodes|
|2013–2014||Alpha House||Louise Laffer||Series regular; 14 episodes|
|2014||Lil Bub's Special Special||Herself|
|2014-2019||Broad City||Pam||2 episodes|
|2014–present||BoJack Horseman||Princess Carolyn (voice)||61 episodes|
|2014||Mr. Pickles||Sally||Episode: "Dead Man's Curve"|
|2015–2019||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Mimi Kanasis||Recurring role|
|2015||Kevin from Work||Julia||4 episodes|
|2015||Difficult People||Rita||1 episode|
|2015||Regular Show||Mrs. Kessler, Rita (voice)||1 episode|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Mara||Web series; 1 episode|
|2016||Adventure Time||Bandit Princess (voice)||1 episode|
|2016||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself (Guest Judge)||1 episode|
|2016–2019||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Lydia/Mina Loveberry (voices)||5 episodes|
|2017||Match Game||Herself/Panelist||1 episode|
|2017||Steven Universe||Zircons (voice)||1 episode|
|2017–present||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Various Characters||20 episodes|
|2017||No Activity||Janice Delongpre|
|2019||Twelve Forever||Sadmantha (voice)||1 episode|
|2019||Pinky Malinky||Helga Hilltop (voice)||1 episode|
|2005||Chicken Little||Foxy Loxy|
- Sedaris, Colbert, Dinello. Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not (Hyperion, May 19, 2004) ISBN 0-7868-8696-X
- I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence (Warner Books, October 16, 2006) ISBN 0-446-57884-3
- Sedaris & Dinello. Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People (Grand Central Publishing, November 2, 2010) ISBN 0-446-55704-8
- on YouTube, retrieved 2012-02-28. She pronounces her name at the very beginning.
- Heard, Alex. "This American Lie: A midget guitar teacher, a Macy's elf, and the truth about David Sedaris". The New Republic. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Stated on Finding Your Roots, PBS, November 18, 2014
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- "Amy Sedaris Interview". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
- on YouTube
- Exit 57 on IMDb
- Strangers with Candy on IMDb
- "Strangers with Candy". 7 April 1999 – via IMDb.
- Amy Sedaris on IMDb
- BuzzSugar (2007-11-28). "Music Video: Dolly Parton, "Better Get to Livin'" (With Amy Sedaris!)". Buzzsugar.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- "Amy Sedaris Inks Sitcom Deal, Guest Gig on The Closer". TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- Zachary Paul Sire (2008-01-09). "Sire Says 2.0: As If Today Couldn't Get Any More Weird". Siresays.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- on YouTube
- "About: Make 'Em Laugh". PBS. PBS. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- "The Boys are back and on drugs" Archived 2010-09-15 at the Wayback Machine, The Globe and Mail, July 12, 2010.
- Bazilian, Emma (18 August 2011). "Amy Sedaris and Her Unstopables Will Get Your Clothes Kooky Clean". AdWeek.
- "Amy Sedaris Talks 'The Heart, She Holler,' Jerry Blank, and Balls". Esquire. 2014-12-02. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
- Goodman, Tim (14 November 2013). "Alpha House: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "BoJack Horseman burns down a kitchen and its oldest relationship". A.V. Club.
- Sava, Oliver. "Amy Sedaris gets a hold of the Finn Sword in a hilarious Adventure Time". TV Club. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
- "LouisCK.net - Horace and Pete: Episode 10".
- "'At Home with Amy Sedaris' Premieres on TruTv in October". Splitsider. July 27, 2017. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "The Best and the Brightest: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
- "Don't mess with the "Shrek" princesses - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
- 'Lion King' Adds Amy Sedaris in Original Voice Role (EXCLUSIVE)
- Hoover, Ted. "The Book of Liz | Theater Reviews + Features | Pittsburgh City Paper". Pittsburghcitypaper.ws. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
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- "Amy Sedaris Sells Movie Candy", TV Guide, Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- "And How Was Your Summer, Amy Sedaris?" Archived 2014-02-20 at the Wayback Machine, The Awl, Retrieved 2014-01-28.
- Fried, Ina (28 September 2010). "A View From Inside Microsoft's Company Meeting". CNET.
- "Biography". Paul Dinello dot net. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- "Blank Generation – Screens". The Austin Chronicle. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
- on YouTube
- "YouTube". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2016-05-28. Retrieved 2013-12-04.