Sedaris at BlogHer in 2007
|Born||March 29, 1961|
Endicott, New York, U.S.
|Relatives||David Sedaris (brother)|
Amy Louise Sedaris (; born March 29, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Her breakout role came as Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central comedy series Strangers with Candy (1999-2000) and the prequel film Strangers with Candy (2005), which she also wrote.
Sedaris appeared as Hurshe Heartshe in the Adult Swim comedy series The Heart, She Holler (2013-2014), as Princess Carolyn in the Netflix animated comedy series BoJack Horseman (2014-2020), and as Mimi Kanasis in the Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-2020). She received further critical acclaim as the creator and star of the TruTV surreal comedy series At Home with Amy Sedaris (2017-present), which earned her two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
Sedaris appeared in various films, including Maid in Manhattan (2002), School of Rock (2003), Elf (2003), Bewitched (2005), Chicken Little (2005), Shrek the Third (2007), Jennifer's Body (2009), Puss in Boots (2011), Chef (2014), Ghost Team (2016), Handsome (2017), and The Lion King (2019).
Sedaris was born in Endicott, New York to Sharon Elizabeth (née Leonard) and Louis Harry "Lou" Sedaris, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her five siblings. Her father is of Greek descent and her mother was an Anglo-American. Her family was Greek Orthodox. Her older brother is author David Sedaris.
As a teenager, Sedaris worked at her local Winn-Dixie supermarket. She would make fake announcements over the loudspeaker, and the head cashier would 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. In retaliation, "I took [the manager's] keys, and I threw them in the snow. I heard he found them in the spring." In David Sedaris' book Me Talk Pretty One Day, he noted that Amy 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 series Exit 57, which also starred Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. For her performance, she was nominated for the 17th CableACE Award for Best Comedy Actress and the series was nominated for Best Comedy Series. It ran for a total of two seasons.
Beginning in 1999, Sedaris played Jerri Blank, a middle-aged high school student, in the Comedy Central comedy series Strangers with Candy. The series, 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 garnered a cult following after its run. In 2005, a film adaptation was released, acting as a prequel to the series.
Sedaris went on to make numerous guest appearances on television programs, including Just Shoot Me! (2001), Sex and the City (2002-2003), Monk (2002-2003), Wonder Showzen (2005), My Name Is Earl (2006), Sesame Street (2006), Rescue Me (2007), The Closer (2009), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2009), The Middle (2010), Raising Hope (2011-2014), and The Good Wife (2012). She also hosted the series Film Fanatic on Trio.
Sedaris' talk show appearances include 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. While appearing on Chelsea Lately, she gave host Chelsea Handler a presentation on vaginal hygiene using a plush vagina created by fashion designer Todd Oldham.
In 2008, Sedaris starred as Principal Abby Hofman in the Nickelodeon television film Gym Teacher: The Movie, which was directed by her Strangers with Candy co-star and frequent collaborator Paul Dinello.
In early 2010, she had a supporting character in the Canadian comedy series The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour. Later in 2010, she appeared alongside Paul Dinello in the episode, "Mummified Hand", of the Discovery/Science Channel documentary series Oddities.
In 2011, she appeared in a series of commercials for Downy (Lenor UK) Unstoppables, a fabric softener product. Grey Global Group designed the commercials as "kicking the old 'mom' image with spots featuring 'laundry expert' (and accomplished lifestyle guru) Amy Sedaris".
In 2013, she replaced Kristen Schaal as the sex-crazed Hurshe Heartshe, in the second season of the Adult Swim comedy series The Heart, She Holler. She also appeared in third and final season. That same year, Sedaris appeared in a major recurring role in the Prime Video political satire series Alpha House, which was written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. Sedaris played Louise Laffer, the Mormon wife of Nevada Senator Louis Laffer, who lives with three other Republican senators in a town house on Capitol Hill.
Sedaris later had a recurring role as Pam in the Comedy Central sitcom Broad City (2014-2019), as Rita in the Hulu dark comedy series Difficult People (2015-2017). From 2015 to 2020, she portrayed Mimi Kanasis in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which she earned a nomination for the Gold Derby Award for Best Comedy Guest Actress.
In 2016, she made an appearance in the tragicomedy series Horace and Pete, as a character named Mara looking for a job at Horace and Pete's. She also co-starred with Chris Elliott in the Sony Crackle family comedy series Thanksgiving.
In 2017, Sedaris created the TruTV surreal comedy series At Home with Amy Sedaris, which she also writes and executive produces. The series focuses on the comedian's love of entertaining, crafts, and cooking. She plays numerous characters, including herself, Patty Hogg, Ronnie Vino, and Nutmeg. The series was met with critical acclaim upon its premiere, garnering two consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
Sedaris had a starring role as Janice Delongpre, a dispatch officer, in the CBS All Access comedy series No Activity, appearing in the series from 2017 to 2019. She had guest-starring roles as Cathy in the HBO comedy-drama series Divorce (2018) and as Peli Motto in the Disney+ space western series The Mandalorian (2019).
Sedaris has voiced commercials for the discount hair salon chain Supercuts, and was WordGirl character Miss Davis for two seasons. She also voiced the Bandit Princess in Adventure Time. She narrated the PBS special Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, a six-hour documentary on comedians and comedy in American history.
In film, Sedaris voiced Foxy Loxy in the science fiction comedy Chicken Little (2005), Cinderella in the animated fantasy comedy Shrek the Third (2007), Gravity in the family comedy Space Buddies (2009), Jill in the adventure comedy Puss in Boots (2011), Betty in the fantasy comedy Super Buddies (2013), and Aunt Ida in the English dub of the Academy Award-nominated comedy drama My Life as a Courgette (2016).
She voiced the role of Audrey Temple in two seasons of the podcast Homecoming (2016-2017). The was series later adapted into a series of the same name, starring Julia Roberts. Sedaris' character was portrayed in the series by Hong Chau.
Sedaris voiced characters in numerous animated series. From 2014 to 2020, she provided the voice for Princess Carolyn in the Netflix adult animated comedy series BoJack Horseman, a role which some critics consider her best work.
She also voiced various characters in the Fox adult comedy series American Dad! (2009-2012), Ma Angler in the Nickelodeon children's comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants (2011-2019), Lydia / Mina Loveberry in the Disney Channel action fantasy series Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2016-2019), the Zircons in the Cartoon Network coming-of-age series Steven Universe (2017), and Samantha in the Netflix adult comedy series F is for Family (2020).
Throughout her career, Sedaris had supporting roles in a number of feature films. She appeared in the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan (2002), the musical comedy School of Rock (2003), the Christmas comedy Elf (2003), and the fantasy comedy Bewitched (2005).
Her first leading film role came in the 2005 film adaptation Strangers with Candy, which she also co-wrote. She followed this with supporting roles in the comedy-drama film Full Grown Men (2006), the drama film Snow Angels (2007), and the ensemble comedy film Old Dogs (2009).
Sedaris had a large role in the comedy film The Best and the Brightest, which was released in 2010. She went on to star in the horror comedy film Jennifer's Body (2009), the comedy-drama film Chef (2014), the supernatural comedy film Ghost Team (2016), the mystery comedy film Handsome (2017), and the comedy film Save Yourselves! (2020).
In 2003, Sedaris co-authored the text-and-picture novel Wigfield, alongside collaborators Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert.
Sedaris has contributed several articles for The Believer magazine since 2005. In a 2006 interview with the magazine, she answered part of a Q&A section with, "TURN-OFFS: The beach, having to pay for things, racist people, Orientals."
In 2006, she released I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, a guide to entertaining, which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 12 weeks after its initial publication.[page needed]
In 2010, she released the crafting book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People!. While promoting her book on Late Night with David Letterman in October 2010, she demonstrated how the cover can easily be made into a hat.
Amy has co-written several plays with her brother David, credited only as "The Talent Family": Stump the Host (1993), Stitches (1994), One Woman Shoe (1995), Incident at Cobblers Knob (1997), and The Little Frieda Mysteries (1997). She also co-authored the play The Book of Liz (2002), which had been produced at regional theaters as No Name Players.
She played a role as the Stage Manager in Paul Rudnick's play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (1998) and as Froggy in Douglas Carter Beane's play The Country Club (1998), the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. She also had a role in David Lindsay-Abaire's play Wonder of the World and the stage adaptation of her book Wigfield (2003), alongside Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert.
Sedaris was in an eight-year relationship with actor/writer Paul Dinello. After their breakup, they remain close friends, and Sedaris is godmother to his two children. Sedaris has stated in several interviews that she has never desired to marry or have children.
|1997||Bad Bosses Go to Hell||Trendy Boss|
|1998||Wheels of Fury||Pepper Mills||Short film|
|Six Days, Seven Nights||Robin's Secretary|
|2001||Jump Tomorrow||Other Student in Class|
|2002||Maid in Manhattan||Rachel Hoffberg|
|2003||School of Rock||Mrs. Haynish|
|My Baby's Daddy||Annabelle|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Jerri Blank||Also writer|
|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)|
|2009||Space Buddies||Gravity (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|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)|
|2013||Super Buddies||Betty (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Ping Pong Summer||Aunt Peggy|
|Goodbye to All That||Holly|
|2016||My Life as a Courgette||Aunt Ida (voice)||English dub|
|2017||The Parable of the Disappearing Recliner||Donna||Short film|
|Observatory Blues||Fernando's Wife||Short film|
|2019||The Lion King||Guinea Fowl (voice)|
|2020||Save Yourselves!||Jack's Mom|
|1991||Big Deals||Topaz Radulavitch||Television film|
|1995-1996||Exit 57||Various||Main role; 12 episodes|
Also creator and writer
|1999-2000||Strangers with Candy||Geraldine Antonia "Jerri" Blank||Main role; 31 episodes|
Also creator and writer
|2001||Fling||The Receptionist||2 episodes|
|Just Shoot Me!||Betsy Frayne||2 episodes|
|2002-2003||Sex and the City||Courtney Masterson||4 episodes|
|Monk||Gail Fleming||2 episodes|
|2003||Untitled New York Pilot||Connie||Unsold pilot|
|2004||Ed||Kate McCormick||2 episodes|
|Cracking Up||Marla||Episode: "Prom Night"|
|The Wrong Coast||Various voices||Unknown episodes|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Charlie Donato||Episode: "Head"|
|2005||Wonder Showzen||Miss Amy||Episode: "History"|
|2006||Sesame Street||Snow White||Episode: "Snow White's Meltdown"|
|My Name Is Earl||Judy||Episode: "Larceny of a Kitty Kat"|
|2006-2014||The Colbert Report||Klanswoman / Abraxxia (voice)||2 episodes|
|2007||Andy Barker, P.I.||Rita Spaulding||Episode: "The Lady Varnishes"|
|Rescue Me||Beth||2 episodes|
|2008||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Tooth Fairy||Episode: "Teeth"|
|Gym Teacher: The Movie||Principal Hoffman||Television film|
|2009||The Closer||Claire Howard||2 episodes|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||Frances "Frankenstein" Stein||Episode: "Old Christine Meets Young Frankenstein"|
|2009-2012||American Dad!||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2010||The Middle||Abby Michaels||Episode: "The Fun House"|
|Oddities||Herself||Episode: "Mummified Hand"|
|2010-2012||WordGirl||Various voices||3 episode|
|2011||Royal Pains||Nan||Episode: "Mulligian"|
|The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour||Katherine "K-Money" Money||6 episodes|
|The Problem Solverz||Unknown voice||Episode: "Neon Knome"|
|Bob's Burgers||Samantha (voice)||Episode: "Weekend at Mort's"|
|Hot In Cleveland||Heather Shaw||2 episodes|
|2011-2014||Raising Hope||Delilah||3 episodes|
|2011-2019||SpongeBob SquarePants||Ma Angler (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||The Good Wife||Stacie Hall||3 episodes|
|Necessary Roughness||Dr. Jane Crosetti||Episode: "What's Eating You?"|
|30 Rock||Visor Lady||Episode: "Unwindulax"|
|2013||F to 7th||Kate||Episode: "Family"|
|Doc McStuffins||Dress-Up Daisy (voice)||2 episodes|
|Monsters vs. Aliens||Dr. Cutter (voice)||Episode: "The Mystery of Dr. Cutter"|
|2013-2014||The Heart, She Holler||Hurshe Heartshe||Main role; 22 episodes|
|Alpha House||Louise Laffer||14 episodes|
|2014||Lil Bub's Special Special||Herself||Television special|
|Mr. Pickles||Sally (voice)||Episode: "Dead Man's Curve"|
|Seriously Distracted||JD||3 episodes|
|Dead Boss||Mary||Unsold pilot|
|2014-2019||Broad City||Pam||2 episodes|
|2014-2020||BoJack Horseman||Princess Carolyn / Various voices||Main role; 61 episodes|
|2015||Clarence||Ms. Donna-Joe Judley / Woman (voice)||Episode: "Hoofin' It"|
|Kevin from Work||Julia||4 episodes|
|Regular Show||Mrs. Kessler / Jayla (voice)||Episode: "The Eileen Plan"|
|2015-2017||Difficult People||Rita||3 episodes|
|2015-2020||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Mimi Kanasis||14 episodes|
|2016||The 7D||Nocturna (voice)||Episode: "In Yer Dreams Pal/The Great Glitterpillar"|
|Horace and Pete||Mara||Episode: "Episode 10"|
|Adventure Time||Bandit Princess (voice)||Episode: "I Am a Sword"|
|Odd Mom Out||Elna||Episode: "Crushed"|
|Thanksgiving||Kathy Morgan||Main role; 8 episodes|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||Episode: "RuPaul Book Ball"|
|2016-2019||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Lydia / Mina Loveberry (voice)||13 episodes|
|2017||Steven Universe||Zircons (voice)||Episode: "The Trial"|
|Sas & Jake||Jake's Mom||Unsold pilot|
|2017-2019||No Activity||Janice Delongpre||Main role; 21 episodes|
|2017-2020||Match Game||Herself||4 episodes|
|2017-present||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Herself / Various||Main role; 30 episodes|
Also creator, writer, and executive producer
|2018||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Subway Rider||Episode: "October 19, 2018"|
|2019||Twelve Forever||Sadmantha (voice)||Episode: "Reggie's Dad Forever"|
|Pinky Malinky||Helga Hilltop (voice)||Unknown episode|
|You're Not a Monster||Medusa (voice)||2 episodes|
|The Mandalorian||Peli Motto||Episode: "Chapter 5: The Gunslinger"|
|2020||The National Lampoon Radio Hour||Various voices||Episode: "Björk Easter"|
|Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Vivian Slopworth (voice)||Episode: "Always Be Brownies/Mystery Meat"|
|Bubble Guppies||Witch / Furry Godmother (voice)||Episode: "A Furry Tale!"|
|F is for Family||Samantha (voice)||5 episodes|
|1993||Stump the Host||Performer||La MaMa Experimental Theatre|||
|1995||One Woman Shoe|
|1997||Incident at Cobblers Knob|
|The Little Frieda Mysteries|
|1998||The Country Club||Froggy||Greenwich House Theater|
|The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told||Stage Manager||New York Theatre Workshop|
|2001||Wonder of the World||Barbara / Janie||Manhattan Theatre Club|
|2002||The Book of Liz||Performer||La MaMa Experimental Theatre|
|2003||Wigfield||Lucille Lortel Theatre|
|2005||Chicken Little||Foxy Loxy|
|1995||CableACE Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Exit 57||Nominated|||
|Best Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2000||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||The Country Club||Nominated|||
|2002||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress||Wonder of the World||Nominated|
|2016||Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Guest Actress||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|||
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Variety Sketch Series||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Nominated|||
|2019||Writers Guild of America Awards||Best Comedy / Variety Sketch Series||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Variety Sketch Series||Nominated|||
|2020||Writers Guild of America Awards||Best Comedy / Variety Sketch Series||Nominated|||