There are very few people who become famous simply for being themselves, and that is how it should be. Who even wants that? It’s not a very good idea. Amy Sedaris, however, has managed exactly this trick and we are all the better for it. (Seems worth pointing out that there are people who get famous for no other reason than their relentless self-promotion and lack of God-given shame: Kim Kardashian comes to mind, but these people aren’t famous for being themselves. They’re famous because of their relentless self-promotion and lack of God-given shame. It’s a very different thing!) Anyway, Amy Sedaris was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night Amy Sedaris-ing up the place, and it was just fantastic. She is so funny and great! I mean, I don’t know her in person, maybe she’s awful. But she sure seems funny and great on television, and isn’t that what it’s all about?! You know what I think my favorite thing about her whole public persona thing is? It’s completely open and welcoming. Let me explain: it’s a well-known fact at this point that people like you and me are stupid pieces of shit who spend far too much of their time worrying about what other people think of them, and classifying their enthusiasms and interests along an intensely confusing and political scale in some kind of endless intellectual/cultural/aesthetic pissing contests. So, for example, things can fall in and out of favor depending on who else likes or dislikes them at a given time. Not so with Amy Sedaris! There’s no sense of ownership that some people get about that kind of thing (“I was into Shia LaBeouf when he was on Project Greenlight” – something someone actually said to me once.) If you are an Amy Sedaris fan and you meet someone who has not watched her make a cake with Martha Stewart, all you want to do is show them that clip. EVERYBODY GET ON BOARD THE AMY SEDARIS TRAIN! THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM! IT’S NICE IN HERE!
OK, here she is last night:
Putting on a fashion show:
Cooking hot dogs on a rake:
Amy Sedaris, you guys. I know you’re probably already on board, but get on board some more.