David Sedaris
David Sedaris

CULLOWHEE – If you listen closely to the new recording by humorist David Sedaris, you just might hear yourself laughing in the background – that is, if you were among the lucky ones who attended his sold-out October 2003 performance at Western Carolina University .

“Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” an audio version of his latest best-selling collection of humorous essays, features the story “Rooster At The Hitchin' Post” as delivered by Sedaris during a show at Western's Hoey Auditorium as part of the university's 2003-04 Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series.

A former Western Carolina student, Sedaris has risen to fame as a National Public Radio commentator, author and performer critics call “perhaps the funniest man alive.”

Sedaris first became known to listeners of NPR's “Morning Edition” reading from his “Santaland Diaries” about his strange-but-true experiences as a Macy's elf clad in green tights. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique soon made him one of NPR's most popular commentators.

He is author of four best-selling books, including “Barrel Fever,” “Naked” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” He has written a collection of Christmas stories titled “Holidays on Ice” and collaborated with sister Amy Sedaris under the name The Talent Family on several plays produced in New York, including “Stump the Host,” “Incident at Cobbler's Knob,” “The Book of Liz” and the Obie Award-winning “One Woman Shoe.”

Sedaris, who now lives in Paris, was named Time magazine's “humorist of the year” in 2001. That same year, he became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. New York Magazine says Sedaris “may be the most brilliantly witty New Yorker since Dorothy Parker,” while The Washington Post called him “one of America's most prickly, and most delicious, young comic talents.”

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