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Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010

IU Auditorium opens season with 'New York Times' best-selling humor writer David Sedaris

WHAT: "An Evening with David Sedaris"
WHEN: Oct. 6, 8 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium
TICKETS: $25-$39 for IU Bloomington students with a valid ID and $35-$45 for general public, on sale now. Individual tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sept. 16, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Auditorium opens its 2010-2011 season Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m., with "An Evening with David Sedaris."

Known for his satire and self-deprecating comedy, Sedaris is one of today's top humor writers.

Sedaris uses his own upbringing in his humor, discussing his family life, education, Greek heritage and homosexuality.

"We're excited that David Sedaris has decided to come back to Bloomington and share his latest work with us just after the release of his new book," said Doug Booher, director of IU Auditorium. "Bloomington audiences have reveled in David's unique brand of humor at his previous appearances. We expect nothing less than unbridled laughter to fill the hall again in October."

A pre-show talk will be given before the performance by IU Professor of English John Schilb, Culbertson Chair of Writing, who will speak on the impact of humor and sarcasm in today's literature. The approximately half-hour talk starts at 7 p.m. at the Grand Hall in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. It is free and open to the public.

Sedaris began his career on a Chicago local radio show, "The Wild Room," hosted by Ira Glass, which eventually led to his 1992 debut on National Public Radio. In 1994, Sedaris released his first book, Barrel Fever, followed by other essay collections including Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, all New York Times best-sellers.

Sedaris has been nominated three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. He also was named "Humorist of the Year" in 2001 by Time magazine and is a contributor to NPR's "This American Life" with Ira Glass. His newest book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary -- a book of fables featuring animals with unmistakably human failings -- is scheduled for release Sept. 28. Copies of Sedaris' books will be available for purchase the evening of his IU Auditorium engagement, and Sedaris will be in the lobby after his talk to sign books and meet fans.

More information on David Sedaris and all 2010-2011 season shows at IU Auditorium can be found at The Web site features video clips and a selection of songs from this season's performances, in addition to a direct link to the IU Auditorium Facebook Fan Page and Twitter page, whose members receive exclusive benefits throughout the year.

David Sedaris is sponsored by Bloomington Bagel Company, WFIU and WTIU. The IU Auditorium 2010-2011 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, the Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana University Document Service Center and Indiana University Residential Programs and Services.

"An Evening with David Sedaris" will include mature content and language. For more information about David Sedaris, patrons may contact the IU Auditorium Box Office at 812-855-1103.