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October 18, 2004

Amy Sedaris, Jerri Blank and Me.


Ever since I was introduced to the first season of Strangers With Candy I have loved the hilariously irreverent, super smart series and especially the offensive, disgusting, adorable and lovable Jerri Blank character (brought to brilliant life by the one and only Amy Sedaris).

This Saturday in Billy's Bakery on 10th Ave & 21st I spotted the amazingly talented Amy Sedaris who has more funny bones than regular bones. I said to my friend, "Living in New York and seeing celebrities all the time makes me completely unfazed by them but there are three celebrities that can tongue tie me: Jon Stewart, Bjork and Amy Sedaris."

I walked up to her and asked if I could take a picture with her. She sweetly replied, "Oh, sure!" and then pointed at my engagement ring mischeviously and said, "If I can wear that!" Suddenly I became dorkier and more psychotic by the second and replied, "Really?! Of course you can!" while thinking, "OH MY GOD!! WHAT'S HAPPENING?!?!" Then I told her that I love Jerri Blank and she immediately went into character and said, "Oh good, then I'll play Jerri Blank!" Nearly brain damaged with delight, I leaned into her (exuberant nerd face exhibited above), she lifted her mug so the ring was a-sparkling, I took the picture in my characteristic way and when I looked at the viewfinder I saw that she was Jerri Blank. For a second, I was able to hang out with Jerri (and Jonah was momentarily engaged to Jerri). Now with this post, I am also able to immortalize my fervent dorkdom.

She was so nice and cute and as I buzzed out of Billy's, I think a cab ran over my foot but I'm not sure.

If there's nothing else you do today, rent or buy Strangers With Candy - Season One. The greatest part of this series in addition to all the exclamations I already made, is that the cast is comprised of very, very, very, funny people such as Stephen Colbert (now of The Daily Show), Paul Dinello, Greg Hollimon and other actors.
If you find yourself alone watching SWC, you should know that your friends are stupid and here's better companionship.

Some of her classiest lines are the following...For a real taste of the Blankster, click on the image below for audiofiles:


There's also going to be a movie!!

Check out some of her other projects:

Strangers With Candy - Season Two, Strangers With Candy - Season Three

Wigfield-The Can-Do Town That Just May Not, Wigfield - The CD

The Book of Liz

Several of the above were created in collaboration with her brother David Sedaris, the writer of sweet, stinging, sentimental, salacious, successful short stories. My fave of his: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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I never realized that brown eyes could be such different colors. Amazing.

Posted by: whatever at October 19, 2004 1:28 AM

Oh Heath, the only thing that makes me happier than wearing your engagement ring is seeing Amy Sedaris wearing your engagement ring.

Maybe the next time you let me try it on I'll swallow it instead so I'll feel closer to her.

Posted by: Heather at October 19, 2004 11:48 AM

I am so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so JEALOUS!

That is all.

Posted by: julie at October 22, 2004 11:20 PM

Gosh! I'm a geek. I once met Skeeter Davis,
but it sure would be nice to meet and talk to Ms.
Sedaris. You are my geek sister. Yay!

Posted by: Carl Cephas at November 6, 2004 11:20 AM

I just finished watching the first few episodes of Strangers With Candy and I'm reading Dress Your Family in Courderoy and Denim. I decided to google Amy Sedaris and read up on her. What I should be doing is sleeping because I have school in the morning...

Posted by: Michael Ferguson at November 22, 2004 3:49 AM
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