Sedaris at PAC

Erin Almeter, Staff writer

David Sedaris will be performing at Mercyhurst’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

This performance will include a reading of new and unpublished material as well as a Q&A and book signing afterwards.

Sedaris is considered one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers.

As a master of satire and an observant writer, he has the skill to cut through cultural euphemisms and political correctness.

Much of Sedaris’ humor centers around his life, including his middle-class upbringing, family, jobs, education and behaviors.

It can be described as autobiographical humor.

Sedaris is the best-selling author of “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” “Theft By Finding Diaries (1977-2002)” and his newest book, “Calypso.”

His audio version of “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” is a 56th Annual Grammy Awards Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album.

Sedaris’ pieces have also been included in “The Best American Essays” as well as over 40 essays in The New Yorker.

In addition to his writings, Sedaris and his sister have worked under the name “The Talent Family.”

Together they have written half a dozen plays that have been produced in various New York City theaters.

Additionally, he has appeared on his public radio show “This American Life,” which has also earned him Grammy Award nominations for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.

His works have been translated into 25 different languages and there are more than 10 million copies of his books in print.

His other accomplishments include being awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor in 2018 as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Just this year, Sedaris was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Tickets are free for Mercyhurst students with their I.D.s.

They start at $36 for adults, $31 for seniors, and $26 for students and youth.

This is a show that you will not want to miss.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000.

This performance is sponsored by Scott Kern and Amy Cuzzola-Kern, Ph.D.; Lynn and Dale McBrier; and the Erie Reader.

The 2019-2020 MIAC Live series is made possible through the generosity of Scott Enterprises,

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Guelcher, Aetna and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.