David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Sedaris
Narrator: David Sedaris
Genres: Comedy
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: October 2003
Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes
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"David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall is a rollicking comedic masterpiece...this recording will deservedly take its rightful place among the best comedy albums of our time."—AudiobooksTODAY.com

Recorded live on October 22, 2002 in New York City

Reviews (22)

David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall

Written by Laur on March 4th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful and very funny. As David Sedaris was telling his stories, I felt like I was sitting in my own living room listening to one of my funniest relatives. Highly recommend it.

Absolutely hysterical

Written by lover of hyperbole on November 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

David Sedaris is too funny and I loved listening to this. My poor husband had to listen to me laugh and laugh while I listened with my headphones because everything he says is not G-rated and we were with the kids. Then I made him listen to it and hear him laugh and laugh. I agree with a previous reviewer- it is too short, which is why only four stars.

Too short

Written by Mary on November 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I hadn't heard of David Sedaris before, but I'm glad I rented this. It was hilarious. I look forward to another of his books.

David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall

Written by Sabrina Lightfoot on May 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

David Sedaris is at his best when in front of a live audience. Don't miss this one!

David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on May 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was one of the funniest I have listened to in a long time. Mr Sedaris has a unique way of looking at the world and a great wit.


Written by Anonymous from Ashburn, VA on December 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was another funny "book" by David Sedaris, though I really enjoyed "Holidays on Ice" a little better. I wish they would have bleeped out all the audience laughing becuase that got to be very annoying. If you like David Sedaris then I recommend this "book"

Loosen Up with David

Written by Katya on October 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If the winter blues have you down, this comic writer (who reads his stuff in front of a mike, but it's still funny) should give you a lift. My favorite recording of his is "Naked" (from the book of same title) which he does with his sister Amy Sedaris. In fact, it's one of my favorite CDs of all time. He is gay and does use gay humor along with some bizarre family humor but really he is a Pooh-Bear and lots of fun.

David Sedaris Live

Written by Anonymous on August 4th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you love David Sedaris you will love hearing his performance at Carnegie Hall. Reading David's books is entertaining but HEARING him emphasize his points (the hand was RUBBER!)is hilarious. An added bonus is his interaction with his audience--his improvisation is as funny as the earlier material he read.

Laughed until I cried

Written by Anonymous on April 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Honestly, this is so funny and touching I laughed until I cried. Better than most stand-up comics I've listened to.


Written by Brian Crooks on April 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Overall very funny. I laughed out loud many times while listening to the CD. However, there were a few tracks that were longwinded and really not all that great.

Author Details

Author Details

Sedaris, David

David Raymond Sedaris, born in Binghamton, New York on December 26, 1956, is an American humorist. He was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina with his sister Amy Sedaris, a comedic actress and writer. They were raised Greek Orthodox members of a six sibling brood, years that Sedaris references back to constantly in his works. According to his writings, a lisp led to a love of all “s-less” words and to parents worried about his orientation while he was young. Sedaris has written that this all brought to him an incredible vocabulary. His satirical wit comes from a life filled with his own unique experiences and observations in which only he would find humor.

A declared sufferer of OCD while he was younger, Sedaris has written that smoking helped to cure him of the obsessive behaviors. Many criticize Sedaris on these claims while others wonder if he is only being satirical when making them. The privilege Sedaris has now to write and to get noticed did come easily. In 1977, he left both Kent State University and Duke University without a degree but finally earned one in 1987 from the Art Institute of Chicago.

His path to writing fame was a slow one as he had to take on jobs such as house cleaning to support himself. But his hilarious, thoughtful autobiographical works would soon become acclaimed. They were mostly written accounts early on about his teenage and young adult years where he experimented with drugs. Then he began to explore his family ties and his own homosexuality in his material. He has often contributed his short works to The New Yorker and Esquire magazine as well as delivered them on a radio show entitled “This American Life”, a Public Radio International distribution.

He has gained an international audience for his top selling books and collections of stories such as Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked. He was even nominated for a Grammy for the category “Best Spoken Word Album for Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim. He has done gained mainstream attention in the states by doing shows like “The David Letterman Show”. And he was the editor for the book Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.

He and his sister Amy Sedaris are an explosively funny collaborative team. They write under the moniker “The Talent Family”. Many of their works were produced in New York City at The Drama Department and at the Lincoln Center. Brother and sister have created plays like The Book of Liz, Stump the Host as well as One Woman Shoe, an Obie Award-winning play.

David Sedaris has also won several awards on his solo material. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Comedy Album for David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall. Along with that distinction he received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and was only the third writer to do so. Time magazine in 2001 had even honored him with the title of Humorist of the Year.

Presently, Sedaris resides in France with his partner Hugh Hamrick. However, Sedaris makes several tours throughout the United States on promotional book tours often. For 2008, Sedaris is panning to release a book titled Indefinite Leave to Remain.