Upholding irreverence while quietly infiltrating the mainstream, Amy Sedaris revives the brilliantly twisted Jerri Blank for Strangers With Candy —the movie later this year. Meanwhile, the actor/chef/icon pauses from production of her Lil' Smokey Cheeseballs (get some at New York's Gourmet Garage) to reflect on siblings, open caskets, and bunny supremacy.

Name three things you can’t live without.

Hope, faith, Excedrin.

What fictional character would you like to hang out with?

Nicholas the rabbit, from the Richard Scarry Golden books.

What are you most afraid of?

Outliving my brothers and sisters.

What song always makes you cry?

“Moon River.”

What makes you laugh harder than anything?

My younger brother, Paul, and my older brother, David.

What would you choose to come back as in your next life?

A ghost.

What would you actually come back as?

Same thing I did last time.

What’s the best advice you were ever given by yourself or someone else?

Read, double the vanilla, it doesn’t matter what other people think, never turn money down, you can start your day over anytime, remember that your shoulders are part of your back.

What still surprises you?

When someone takes me seriously.

What quality can make you instantly connect with someone?

A learning disability or a handicap.

What turns you off right away?

When someone isn’t real.

If you could read the works of only one person who would that be?

I couldn’t possibly pick.

What’s really difficult for you?

Besides the last question? I’d have to say intimacy.

What do you wish you’d done differently?

I wish I’d done that thing at that place that time when I did what I shouldn’t have done.

Where do you do your most creative thinking?

On top of my bed rocking back and forth really, really fast.

What motivates too many of your actions?

Hope, faith, Excedrin.

What do you want done with your body when you die?

Open casket with googly eyes.

Psychic or shrink?


Vintage or modern?


Cat or dog?


What’s your mantra?

“Eat it like an apple.”