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    [Congratulations to Juan José Campanella!]
    • 3/7/10 - Juan José Campanella, who directed eight episodes of SWC, took home the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film for the Argentinian film El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes).
    [On DVD]
    • 6/3/08 - Amy Sedaris's deleted scene appears on the "Two-Disc Unrated 'Let's Get Sweaty' Edition" DVD of the Will Ferrell comedy Semi-Pro, which hits stores today. The film was directed by SWC's Executive Producer, Kent Alterman, and featured SWC alums Andy Richter, Tim Meadows, and Matt Walsh.
    [On The Tube]
    • April 2008 - Chris Carmack (Laird, Invisible Love) will appear on "Desperate Housewives" as Susan's studly cousin Tim, who shows up on Wisteria Lane to help his ditzy cousin with her taxes. Tim apparently saw something traumatizing when he was a teenager, something even more horrific than a close-up of Jerri Blank's stained overbite. If the character clicks with audiences, it's possible that the role could become recurring.
    • 3/7/08 - Amy Sedaris appears on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" to promote Snow Angels.
    [Attention Art Lovers!]
    • 1/16 - 4/1/08 — A piece of Stephen Colbert has come home to the city in which he was born, Washington, DC.  His portrait from "The Colbert Report" hangs in the National Portrait Gallery as a "special exhibit," so I can visit him every day after work, if I feel like it (and I have a couple times already). Originally intended to hang in the bathroom vestibule just outside the Hall of Presidents for just six weeks, because of its popular appeal it will now remain until April Fools Day.
       
      Stephen Colbert, the mock pundit for the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report recently contacted the National Portrait Gallery hoping to donate this portrait of himself from his show. While this triple portrait is not one that would typically be accessioned into the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, NPG agreed to go along with the joke and hang the portrait for a limited time.

      In episodes of The Colbert Report that aired on January 10, 14, and 15, 2008, Colbert tries to convince the Smithsonian that he should be considered a national treasure. He attempts to donate his portrait to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, but the museum’s director suggests that perhaps Colbert should speak to the National Portrait Gallery. Finally, after much "discussion," the director of the National Portrait Gallery finds an appropriate place to hang Colbert’s portrait, in between the bathrooms and above the water fountain.

      This portrait will only be here through April 1, so refresh yourself at the drinking fountain while contemplating this portrait of Colbert while you can.

      Stephen Colbert, born 1964
      Born Washington, D.C.

      Digital image on canvas, 2005

      On loan from The Colbert Report

    [On The Tube]

    • 2/20/08 - Amy Sedaris appears on "The Late Show with David Letterman" to promote Snow Angels, which premieres in theaters on March 7, 2008.

    • 2/25/08 - While this is not technically "Strangers With Candy" news, it is probably still of interest to many fans. Tonight at 8:00pm (EST), ABC will broadcast a TV-movie presentation of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun", starring Phylicia Rashad (Lena "Mama" Younger), Sean "Puff Daddy, Puffy, P-Diddy, Diddy" Combs (Walter Lee), Audra McDonald (Ruth), and Sanaa Lathan (Beneatha).  We can only hope that Phylicia Rashad says, "Line?" after every, uh, line.
    [Sad News]
    • 1/22/08 - Playbill reports that Roberto Gari (Guy Blank) has died. I think viewings of "The Goodbye Guy" are in order.  Thanks to Caitlin for letting us know.
      Actor and Artist Roberto Gari Dies at 87
      By Robert Simonson
      04 Feb 2008

      Roberto Gari, an actor with several Broadway credits who also had a career as an artist, died Jan. 22 in Manhattan of a heart attack. He was 87.

      Mr. Gari, born in Brooklyn, was on the stage by the age of four, appearing in vaudeville under the name of Jackie Hayes. He danced with Vera-Ellen in the 1944 Broadway production of A Connecticut Yankee and later landed the lead role in the same production. His other Broadway credits included Sadie Thompson and Nellie Bly. The latter was produced by Eddie Cantor, his father-in-law.

      In between his stage debut and Broadway debut, Mr. Gari attended the Art Students League, studying under Will Barnett and Ethel Schwabacher. His work was vaguely impressionistic and often took popular figures and subjects as its subject. His most famous work was the well-known painting of Judy Garland that was on display in the lobby of New York's Palace Theatre for decades. It now rests in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

      In recent years, Mr. Gari, possessed of a long, angular face, prominent nose and droopy white moustache, received much work in prominent print ads, and played Amy Sedaris' dead, rigor mortis-stricken father Guy Blank on Comedy Central's "Strangers With Candy."  Mr. Gari's marriage to Janet Cantor ended in divorce. In addition to his son Brian, of Manhattan, Mr. Gari is survived by his daughter Amanda Abel of Sherman Oaks, CA, and granddaughter Allison Abel of Sherman Oaks.
    [Check Your Local Bookseller...]
    • 10/9/07 - Grand Central Publishing releases I Am America (And So Can You!), Stephen Colbert's first solo book. He promises it will "change the world one factual error at a time," much like his hit Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report”.  The audio book version will feature a few familiar voices from Stephen's "Strangers With Candy" past:

      Realizing that it takes more than thirty minutes a night to fix everything that's destroying America, Colbert bravely takes on the forces aligned to destroy our country—whether they be terrorists, environmentalists, or Kashi brand breakfast cereals. His various targets include nature (I've never trusted the sea. What's it hiding under there?), the Hollywood Blacklist (I would have named enough names to fill the Moscow phone book), and atheists (Imagine going through life completely duped into thinking that there's no invisible, omniscient higher power guiding every action on Earth. It's just so arbitrary!). Colbert also provides helpful illustrations and charts (Things That Are Trying to Turn Me Gay), a complete transcript of his infamous speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner, and a special Holiday DVD, all of which add up to a book that is sure to be a bestseller and match the success of Colbert's former Daily Show boss Jon Stewart's America (The Book).
      Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

    [On The Tube]
    • 10/12/07 - Amy Sedaris appears on Paula Deen’s Food Network show, "Paula’s Party," at 9:00pm EST.
    • 9/25/07 - Amy Sedaris returns to the syndicated "Martha Stewart Show" to share her smoky cheese ball recipe and to promote Dedication.
    • 9/23/07 - Stephen Colbert "appears" in the 19th season premiere of "The Simpsons," entitled, "He Loves to Fly and He D'oh's," as Homer's life coach, Colby Krauss.
    • 8/31/07 - Amy Sedaris appears on "The Late Show with David Letterman".

    • 8/29/07 - Amy Sedaris returns to "Rescue Me" as Beth in this episode, which is entitled "Cycle."
    • 8/8/07 - Amy Sedaris appears on the critically acclaimed FX series "Rescue Me" as Chief Feinberg's awkward daughter Beth in this episode, which is entitled "Solo."
    [Check Your Local Newsstand]
    • August 2007 - Amy Sedaris is featured in the current issue of OUT magazine.

  • 6/29/07 - "Strangers With Candy" made TV Guide's list of the Top 30 Cult Show Ever:
    * Denotes newcomer to the list (My personal favorites are in bold)

    30) Strangers with Candy (1999-2000)*
    29) Absolutely Fabulous (1994-2003)
    28) Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007)*
    27) H.R. Pufnstuf (1969-1971)
    26) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1975-1978)
    25) Firefly (2002-2003)*
    24) Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
    23) Dark Shadows (1966-1971)
    22) Doctor Who (1963-present)
    21) Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
    20) The Avengers (1966-1969)
    19) Quantum Leap (1989-1993)
    18) Veronica Mars (2004-2007)*
    17) Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)
    16) Babylon 5 (1994-1998)
    15) Family Guy (1999-present)
    14) Battlestar Galactica (2003-present)*
    13) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999)
    12) Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986-1991)
    11) Jericho (2006-present)*
    10) Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)
    09) Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
    08) The Simpsons (1989-present)
    07) The Prisoner (1967-1968)
    06) Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)
    05) Lost (2004-present)*
    04) Farscape (1999-2003)
    03) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
    02) The X-Files (1993-2002)
    01) Star Trek (1966-1969)

    [On The Big Screen]
    • 5/18/07 - Amy Sedaris provides the voice of Cinderella in Shrek the Third (aka Shrek 3).  She told me that "the SNL girls" play her wicked stepsisters, but in fact it appears that Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph will be voicing Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively.  The funny ladies will be seen/heard in a baby shower scene, so I guess the ogre couple, Shrek and Fiona, will be having a green little bundle of joy.  The film stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, and John Cleese. They'll all be joined by newcomers to the trilogy, including Regis Philbin (Mabel), Eric Idle (Merlin), Ian McShane (Captain Hook), John Krasinski (Sir Lancelot), and Justin Timberlake (King Arthur). Here's the poorly punctuated and grammatically incorrect plot description from the IMDB:
      When Fiona's dad dies Shrek is supposed to take the crown but Shrek doesn't want the responsibility. So Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss look for a new king. And so far King Arthur is the best they got.

    [On The Tube]

    [Online — Web Exclusive]

    [Sarah Thyre's Book Tour]

    • March/April 2007 - To find dates and locations of Sarah Thyre's (Coach Wolf) book tour (for her new memoir, "Dark at the Roots"), go to myspace.com/sarahthyre or sarahthyre.com
      "Sarah Thyre has a remarkable story to tell, and she tells it, well, remarkably." — David Sedaris

      "Sarah Thyre just happens to be a marvelous writer. Hers is a truly distinct voice with a twisted poet's gift for the perfect turn of phrase." — David Rakoff

      "Thyre derives much humor from bodily functions, writing about vomit, asthma attacks, the contents of her sibling's diapers, and feminine-hygiene products. She has a sharp ear for dialog and a keen eye for the slights and cruelties that children and adolescents blithely inflict on each other and on the adults around them." — Kirkus Reviews

      "Comedian and writer Thyre, best known for her role as Coach Cherri Wolf on the Comedy Central show Strangers with Candy, employs a wry strength and a sassy wit in her hilariously vain attempts to rise above a lower-middle-class upbringing in this terrific coming-of-age memoir." — Library Journal

      "As a precocious girl in the '70s, Thyre moved from Missouri to Louisiana with her lower-middle-class Catholic family. She found her new surroundings stultifying (cheerfully insufferable, she made her English teacher cry by repeatedly correcting her misuse of the apostrophe). Armed with lessons gleaned from Judy Blume novels and A Tale of Two Cities ("the machinations of Madame DeFarge were evil to be twice savored."), Thyre handily survived both school and her parents' split. This names-are-altered memoir is part Mary Karr, part Jean Kerr (Please Don't Eat the Liars' Club?), written with plenty of snap and no self-pity." A- — Ken Tucker  Entertainment Weekly

    [On Stage]

    • 3/9/07 - Matt Lappin and The Fuck Monkeys are back again, but this time they'll be at the Parkside Lounge at 317 E Houston St. between Avenues A and B.  Doors open at 8:00pm.
     

    [On The Tube]

    [On Stage]

    • 1/25/07 - Greg Hollimon (Principal Blackman) will be appearing live at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago at 10:30pm in the show "Messing With a Friend."  It's an all improvised show that runs about 1 hour. Visit the Annoyance Theatre website for tickets or call the box office at 773-561-HONK ("Like a clown horn!").

    [On The Tube]

    [The Strangers With Candy movie DVD]

    • 11/14/06 - What a great early (by just 11 days) birthday present for me!!!  The DVD release for the Strangers With Candy movie is scheduled for this date. According to davisdvd.com, the disc will have a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital Surround tracks, commentary with director Paul Dinello and others, deleted scenes, and trailers. The retail price is set at $27.99 and it will make a great stocking stuffer, unless you don't celebrate Christmas. Then you'll just have to stuff something else with it.

    [The Strangers With Candy movie in New York]

    • November 2006 - The Pioneer Theater (155 E 3rd Street between Avenues A & B) will be having late nights shows (and a few not so late ones) of the Strangers With Candy movie:  Friday 11/10 @ 11pm, Wednesday 11/15 @ 7pm, Friday 11/17 @ 10:45pm, Friday 11/24 @ 11pm.  They will also be hosting "Strangers" trivia contests with movie passes and gift certificates as prizes.

    [Congratulations to Amy Sedaris!]

    [On Stage:  Amy Sedaris and David Rakoff Plan a Dinner Party]

    • 11/3/06 - Amy and her friend, writer/actor David Rakoff (Boswell, the Strangers With Candy movie) show you how to host an unforgettable fête with flair that will have your guests raving, with lots of sensible and wildly offbeat ideas from her new book I LIKE YOU:  Hospitality Under the Influence. Every audience member will receive a free cupcake made from Amy’s famous recipe. Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia; Showtime: 7:30pm.  Go here for more details.  Thanks to Jess for pointing me to the information.

    [Check Your Local Newsstand]   Let the "I Like You" promotion begin!

    [On The Tube]

    [Check Your Local Bookseller...]

    [On Stage]

    • Sept. 14–17: Thur. 9pm, Fri. 10pm, Sat. 10pm, Sun. 9pm
      Oct. 5–8: Thur. 9pm, Fri. 10pm, Sat. 10pm, Sun. 9pm
      Nov. 2–5: Thur. 10pm, Fri. 11pm, Sat. 11pm, Sun. 9pm
      Dec. 7–10: Thur. 10pm, Fri. 11pm, Sat. 11pm, Sun. 9pm

      David Pasquesi (Stew) and his comedy partner, TJ Jagadowski, are bringing their show, "TJ & Dave," from Chicago to New York City. The show is an hour long and is completely made up on the spot. Performances can be seen at the Barrow Street Theatre. To purchase tickets visit the Telecharge Website, call (212) 239-6200, or visit the Barrow Street Theatre Box Office on Tuesday through Sunday, 1pm to showtime. For more info and tickets: http://barrowstreettheatre.com/
      "BRILLIANT, HEARTBREAKING, MIND-BLOWING, INSPIRING! The best 50 minutes of improv comedy that we’ve ever seen. But we wouldn’t want to insult their effusive skills by speaking so simplistically. Also, it’s funny. Drink their Kool-Aid." —TIME OUT NEW YORK

      "TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, two of the world’s finest practitioners of the art of long-form improv, create an hour-long one-act play. They’re both great actors and have amazing improv chops, but it’s always hard to notice these kinds of thinks when you’re peeing your pants laughing." —TIME OUT CHICAGO
    • 10/6/06 - Matt Lappin and The Fuck Monkeys are back again, this time they'll be at Galapagos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The show starts at 10pm.
    • 8/18/06 - Join Matt Lappin ("Strangers With Candy" Writer, Comedy Consultant, Demon with 100 Eyes) and The Fuck Monkeys live at Pianos (158 Ludlow St. LES, NY, NY 10002) for a night of comedy, plus great music by Delano Grove. Paul Dinello will be there, and you never know which other Strangers might turn up! Get advance tickets at ticketweb.com, or get more info at delanogrove.com, the Fuck Monkeys MySpace site, or pianosnyc.com. Doors open at 8:30pm.

    [On The Big Screen]

    • 8/11/06 - Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) co-stars in the new Justin Long film, Accepted, which is about a bunch of university rejects who decide to create their own school.
    • 8/11/06 - Matt Newton (Alan, Behind Blank Eyes) stars in Poster Boy, which premieres on this date in Los Angeles at the Regent Showcase, and then opens in New York on August 18th at the Quad Cinema. It'll then move on to eight more cities shortly after that. You can see a preview and get more information at Matt's MySpace site.

    [A Call to Arms...]

    • 7/21/06 - Well, it's more like a call to asses. We need your asses to fill some movie theater seats this weekend.  the Strangers With Candy movie goes into wider release on this date, so it's a very important weekend for the film. The movie's performance at the box office this weekend will determine how long it will stay in theaters and how far the release will spread. I think we all want the film to expand (like the fronts of our trousers, right, gentlemen?) but we need a nice big (huge, large, humongous, throbbing) weekend. If you've already seen it, go see it again. If you've already seen it twice, why not see it a third time? After all, three is probably Jerri's lucky number. I'm assuming this because that's the number specified on the "Three Fingers, Please" sign she has on the vanity mirror in her bedroom.  {Click here for theater locations}

      Find links to the text of various movie reviews here at my site or find handy collections of reviews at rottentomatoes or metacritic.  You can also keep track of how well the movie is performing at the box office by checking out the-numbers or boxofficemojo.

    [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    • August 2006 - There's an article about Amy Sedaris and the Strangers With Candy movie in Paste magazine.
    • August 2006 - Amy Sedaris is featured in Instinct magazine.
    • July/August 2006 - Amy Sedaris is interviewed in Genre magazine.
    • Summer 2006 - Amy Sedaris appears on the cover of Venus magazine.
    • July 2006 - Amy Sedaris is in the current issue of BlackBook.
    • 7/14/06 - Amy Sedaris is on the cover of HX magazine and there's a great interview inside.
    • 7/10/06 - There's a brief interview with Amy Sedaris near the back of this week's issue of TIME magazine, which should be on newsstands by July 6th.
    • 7/6/06 - There's an article about Amy Sedaris and the Strangers With Candy movie in Metro Weekly.
    • 7/5/06 - Amy Sedaris is interviewed in the current issue of Star magazine.
    • 7/2/06 - The Sunday Washington Post has a regular feature called "Can't Miss: Five reasons to get off your couch this week." They usually list museum exhibits, concert events, special sales, must-see movies, etc. This week, Strangers With Candy is reason number three.
    • July 2006 - Amy Sedaris is featured in the latest issue of Interview magazine along with some great new Todd Oldham photos.
    • June 30 + July 7, 2006 - Once again, Amy Sedaris appears on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" in this double issue. The issue also has EW's review of the Strangers With Candy movie.
    • June/July 2006 - Amy Sedaris is featured on the last page of GIANT magazine. I found my copy at Barnes & Noble on 5/18. There are two different covers, one with "Lost" star Emilie de Ravin and one with Poseidon Adventure's Jacinda Barrett.
    • June 2006 - Amy Sedaris is featured in a full-page interview in W magazine. I found my copy at Barnes & Noble on 5/18. Famed equestrian, Madonna, is on the cover. Don't miss the beautiful photo of Amy by Eric Ogden in the Table of Contents section on page 20. It has the style of an Edward Hopper painting.

    [Online Behind-the-Scenes Videos from the SWC Set]

    [Public Appearances]

    • 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/27/06 - Join Matt Lappin ("Strangers With Candy" Writer, Comedy Consultant, Demon with 100 Eyes) and The Fuck Monkeys live at Pianos (158 Ludlow St. LES, NY, NY 10002) for a night of comedy, plus great music by Delano Grove. You never know which Strangers might turn up at a performance! Get advance tickets at ticketweb.com, or get more info at delanogrove.com, the Fuck Monkeys MySpace site, or pianosnyc.com. Doors open at 8:30pm.
    • 7/15/06 - Tattoo artist Terry Marks will be adding color to her latest work, Jerri Blank as the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is being created on the forearm of a "Stranger With Candy" fan. You can witness this work of art in progress at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum exhibition, "Pahutiki: 'Wrapped in Images' — Tattoo Show". Terry will be working on this tattoo for 3 hours, live and in person, at the museum. The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is located at 200 Main Street in Sag Harbor, New York 11963. For more information, call 631-725-0770.
      See the tattoo before color is added.
    • 7/15/06 - Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris are heading to Montreal, Canada, to show The Strangers With Candy movie at the Just For Laughs Festival. It will be shown at the Sandra and Leo Kolber Pavillion (1430 Bleury) at 10:00pm.

    [Congratulations to Stephen Colbert and "The Colbert Report"]
    7/6/06 - Nominees for the 58th Annual Emmy Awards were announced. In addition to the multiple nominations for "The Colbert Report", Stephen Colbert was also nominated for the writing work he did on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart".  Stephen's "Colbert Report" received the following nods:

    • Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program (Jim Hoskinson)
    • Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program (Stephen Colbert)
    • Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
    • Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program (Allison Silverman—Head Writer, Rich Dahm—Head Writer, Stephen Colbert, Peter Gwinn, Laura Krafft, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Eric Drysdale, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser)

    [Movie News & Reviews]         {Click here for theater locations}
    7/3/06 - Superman Returns and The Devil Wears Prada also opened this weekend, but guess which movie had the highest per-screen average...  none other than Strangers With Candy. Granted, SWC was only shown on two screens in New York, but it made $22,250 on each screen. Compare that to Superman's $12,817 and The Devil's $9,484.  Jerri kicked Superman and The Devil's per-screen asses!  See the chart hereThanks to Jill for the news.

    The movie is garnering positive reviews from the likes of Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly, Dennis Harvey of Variety, A.O. Scott of the New York Times, and Monica Reyhani of Premiere, among many others. Even Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up on their July 1st program. Even the bad reviews (The Village Voice, New York Post, New York Daily News) are worth reading, because it's clear that these critics just don't "get" it. Their reviews are so over-the-top that it makes the reviews themselves quite amusing. I don't think that their opinions will deter any fans. The review of one Kyle Smith (New York Post), in particular, is so full of vitriol and venom that it gives me much pleasure to know that he was in such sustained agony for the full 85 minutes.

    Find links to the text of various movie reviews here at my site or find handy collections of reviews at rottentomatoes.com or metacritic.com.  You can also keep track of how well the movie is performing at the box office by checking out the-numbers.com or boxofficemojo.com.

    [On The Tube]

    [Enter a drawing to win the SWC DVD set, movie tickets, and more!!!]

    Watch the ''Strangers With Candy'' trailer now!!![Strangers With Candy Movie Update]

    • 6/28/06 - The SWC movie is expected to be in New York and Los Angeles theaters on this date, according to my connections at ThinkFilm.  It'll then move on to the top ten markets (Boston, Chicago, DC, etc.) on July 7, the top 20 markets on July 14, and an even wider release on July 21, which will depend upon theater availability. The official movie website will relaunch in mid-May, and you can probably expect to see a trailer in theaters at around that time too. Watch the teaser trailer or the hilarious full-length trailer now!!!  And there are more clips hereThanks to Jess for this link.

      The official New York premiere took place on June 20th at the Cinemas 1,2,3 (at 60th Street and 3rd Avenue) and was followed by a party at the gourmet candy store, Dylan's Candy Bar, right around the corner from the theater. As soon as I get a chance to write about my adventures at the big premiere event I'll post a link to the story. Until then, you can see the pictures that I snapped on the red carpet here.

      Apparently, the news about the premiere spread quickly:
       

       

      Below are some older news items about TH!NKFilm's distribution deal:

      Officially, the reason given for the cancellation of the original Warner Independent distribution deal is that Warner balked over the failure of the film's producers to secure copyright clearance for posters and other background props that can be seen on screen.  Warner had just experienced a $17.5 million copyright lawsuit involving the movie version of The Dukes of Hazzard and presumably they wanted to avoid another costly court case.  But if the executives really liked and had faith in the film they would have found a way to deal with the situation. Some sources claim that some of the Warner heads didn't "get" the movie.  Surprise, surprise.  In their 2/6/06 issue, New York magazine reported that producers were "very close to striking a (distribution) deal with ThinkFilm."

      Update:  2/7/06 - The sources who originally divulged this exclusive information to me were officially vindicated in a "full" press release that I received from the movie's producers and in a news item from The Hollywood Reporter, among other entertainment news reports.  Read details of the official good news here!

    [Radio, Podcast, Online, and Other Interviews]

    • 6/27/06 - Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello are interviewed on The Bob Edwards Show on XM Radio.  The Bob Edwards Show is heard exclusively on XM Satellite Radio on XMPR channel 133. The first airing is at 8 AM Eastern, with repeat airings at 9 and 10 AM, 8 PM and the next day at 7 AM.

    • Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris, and Bob Edwards at the XM studio

    • 6/21/06 - Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello are interviewed by Monica Reyhani for Premiere magazine.  Watch the video here.
    • 6/21/06 - Amy Sedaris is interviewed on Fresh Air and she makes Terry Gross snort with laughter.  Listen here.
    • 6/21/06 - Salon.com has a Podcast interview with Amy Sedaris, and Paul Dinello just happened to drop by.  Download and listen here.

    ''Strangers With Candy'': The Complete Series DVD

  • [Enter my contest to win "Strangers With Candy": The Complete Series on DVD] 6/27/06 - The complete series DVD set will be made available by Paramount on this date. Pre-order it from amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or DVDPlanet.  According to TVShowsOnDVD.com, the 6-disc collection's bonus features will include director's cuts of several episodes, 20 minutes of deleted scenes, audio commentaries, and more. It appears that the bonus features that were included on the original DVD releases of the series' three seasons (commentaries, bloopers, Museum of Television and Radio interview) will be retained. If you don't have much disposable cash because of the high gas prices and you don't feel like selling your body out on the street, just enter my contest and try to win one of the three DVD sets that are being donated by the good folks at Filter.
  • [Strangers With Candy Sneak Preview Screenings]

    • 6/28/06 - Los Angeles, CA: The Strangers With Candy movie will be shown at the Rigler Theatre @ the Egyptian beginning at 7:30pm. There will also be a post-screening reception hosted by Absolut. Go here for more information.
    • 6/27/06 - Los Angeles, CA: The movie will be shown at the ArcLight Cinema and will be followed by a Q&A session with Amy Sedaris.
    • 6/22/06 - San Francisco, CA: The Strangers With Candy movie will be presented by Frameline and it will be followed by a not-to-be-missed Jerri Blank look-alike contest. The event will take place at the CinéArts @ the Empire, the Festival's new venue just through the MUNI tunnel from the Castro Theatre.
    • 6/17/06 - Seattle, WA: The Seattle International Film Festival will have a gala screening of the Strangers With Candy movie at the Neptune Theater starting at 7:00pm.
    • 6/16/06 - New York, NY: According to the Museum of the Moving Image, Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello will participate in a discussion after a screening of the Strangers With Candy movie at the ImaginAsian Theater, 239 East 59th Street, Manhattan. Tickets are $18 for the general public and $12 for Museum members. Call 718-784-4520 for tickets or more information.
    • 6/9/06 - Las Vegas, NV: The CineVegas Film Festival has announced it will open its eighth edition with Strangers With Candy. The festival, which takes place at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theaters, runs until June 17.
    • 6/1/06 - New York, NY: The Strangers With Candy movie will be the opening night film at NewFest (New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival), weeks before its official theatrical release. It'll start at 8:00pm at the AMC Loews 34th St. Theater 13.  Tickets are $50.

  • 6/15/06 - According to tvguide.com, Amy Sedaris will appear on "Sesame Street" during the upcoming season:
    For its 37th season, debuting Aug. 14, Sesame Street will introduce its first new female muppet in 13 years — Abby Cadabby, a pink "fairy-in-training" who knows just enough about magic to get herself into trouble, but not quite enough to get her out. Among the celebrities dropping by this season are Jamie Foxx, Matt Lauer, Amy Sedaris and Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight, while the kiddie show's spoofs will include "Law & Order: Special Letters Unit M," "Survivor: Musical Chairs" and "Outrageous Makeover: Home Edition," featuring Grover as Ty Pennington.
  • [Public Appearances]

    • 6/8/06 - According to indieWIRE, Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello will be appearing at the Apple Store in SoHo (103 Prince Street, NY) to talk about the Strangers With Candy movie. They'll discuss the development of the film, adapting a TV show for the big screen, and their creative process. The event will be moderated by NewFest Director Basil Tsiokos.
    • 6/3/06 - Stephen Colbert gives a commencement address and receives an honorary degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
    • 5/20/06 - Amy Sedaris is heading down my way to Washington, DC, for Book Expo America:
      8:00AM – 9:30 AM SATURDAY BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Ballroom A) - SPE2
      Saturday morning will feature Barack Obama, author of The Audacity of Hope (Crown Publishing Group); Amy Sedaris, author of I Like You (Warner Books); and John Updike, author of Terrorist (Alfred A. Knopf). Marie Arana, author of Cellophane (Dial Press) is your host. Admission $30 - Session Code SPE2
      The Book Expo America event will be covered on C-SPAN2 starting at 8:00am.
    • May 2006 - Time Magazine held an event to honor some of the famous folks who were named to its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.  Stephen Colbert and his lovely wife Evie were stopped on the red carpet so Stephen could chat with "EXTRA" correspondent AJ Calloway. Watch a clip here.

  • May 2006 - Buy the Amy Sedaris Pastry Pouch, designed by Amy exclusively for fred flare! It’s a coin purse or your new fave sunglass case. Or you can fill it with lentils, stick in the freezer & then take out to sooth black ‘n blues. With embroidered note from Amy. A portion of proceeds go to the House Rabbit Society. About 4”x7”.
  • [On The Tube]

    • 5/18/06 - Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) appears in the final episode of "Fag & Hag", I mean "Will & Grace", as Lila Marcus, the grown daughter of Grace and Leo, in a sequence that takes a peek in the future and finds Lila bumping into Will's son Ben as the two strangers are moving into the same college dorm.

    [Jerri Blank to take over as Sedaratives columnist]

    • I got this from the folks at The Believer magazine in regards to reader submissions to Amy's column, Sedaratives:
      As many of you know, Amy has been on sabbatical from her column-writing duties over these past few months (see 1/15/06 entry below). Though she will remain on vacation for the time being, she's just announced an exciting replacement for the summer.

      For our June/July and August issues, Jerri Blank will be taking over as guest columnist for
      Sedaratives. We're looking for letters about prostitution, the prom, stds, incest, personal hygiene, and anything else that a woman of Jerri's background might feasibly be able to answer. As usual, letters can be sent by email to sedaratives@believermag.com, or by snail mail to Sedaratives, 826 Valencia, San Francisco, CA 94110.

    [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    [On The Tube]

    • 4/30/06 - Stephen Colbert is interviewed by Morley Safer on "60 Minutes" at 7:00pm (EST) on CBS.
    • 4/29/06 - Stephen Colbert appeared at the White House Correspondent's Dinner and portrayed his on-screen persona of a pompous, arrogant, ridiculous buffoon for the pompous, arrogant, ridiculous buffoon who resides there. If the apparent snubbing that the "president" and First Lady gave to Stephen as they left the dais is any indication, it seems that our own Mr. Colbert ruffled some feathers here in D.C.  Way to go, Stephen!  You're my hero!  The event was televised on C-SPAN and then had been made available for viewing at YouTube and IFILM, but the C-SPAN legal goons had those clips pulled for copyright infringement reasons. But don't get angry with C-SPAN just yet. They have given Google Video permission to host the clip here (if this link doesn't work, just go to Google Video and search for "stephen colbert" and "white house" and you should find it).
    • 4/29/06 - Stephen Colbert co-hosts "Saturday Night Live" (sort of). Tonight at 11:30pm (EST), NBC will air a special episode of SNL that focuses on past animated "TV Funhouse" segments. The crimefighting fagtastic superhero, Ace (Stephen's character from "The Ambiguously Gay Duo"), and his sidekick, Gary (voiced by Steve Carell), are the hosts of this "Best of" clip show.

  • 4/26/06 - Watch the Strangers With Candy trailer now!!!
  • [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    • 4/21/06 - The April 28/May 5, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly, which is their annual Summer Movie Preview issue, features the following blurb about the Strangers With Candy movie:

      Strangers With Candy
      STARRING Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello,
      Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick
      WRITTEN BY Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris
      DIRECTED BY Paul Dinello

      A prequel to Comedy Central's cult series that was
      canceled in 2001 (sic, it was actually 2000), the big-
      screen Strangers is like an after-school special crossed
      with a Lifetime flick dosed with laughing gas. "In
      superhero [talk] we call it an origin movie," deadpans
      Colbert, who reprises his role as a not-so-ambiguously
      gay schoolteacher. The film finds Sedaris' ex-crack
      whore/junkie Jerri Blank released from jail and becoming
      Flatpoint High School's proudest 47-year-old freshman.
      On the New Jersey set two years ago (the release was
      delayed due to a change in distributors) Sedaris
      admitted she had jitters about carrying her first feature:
      "It's terrifying! It's like I'm drivin' a bus—hey, no license!"
      (June 28)

  • 3/21/06 - According to tvguide.com, Stephen Colbert has "inked a seven-figure deal to pen a book for release in fall 2007."
  • [On Stage]

    • March 2006 - I just learned that Peter Benson (Buddah Stalin, Is Freedom Free?) is playing Prez in The Pajama Game on Broadway, with Harry Connick, Jr.

  • 3/6/06 - Congratulations to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Henry, the Strangers With Candy movie) for winning the Oscar for Best Actor at last night's Academy Awards ceremony for his starring role in Capote. Also, our own Stephen Colbert provided some voiceovers for a few clip montages that his buddy Jon Stewart, the ceremony's host, used throughout the evening.
  • 3/6/06 - It's pilot season and, according to tvguide.com, "Strangers With Candy" co-creator Mitch Rouse (Officer Savilion, Old Habits, New Beginnings and The Trip Back) has landed the lead in a CBS comedy called "The Angriest Man in Suburbia".
  • [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    • February 2006 - Amy Sedaris appears on the last page of the current issue of Ready Made magazine along with a photo by Billy Erb and her recipe for a calorie-free cake  (Note: the cake is a fake. It is for decorative purposes only).

  • 2/22/06 - I don't know how long it'll be available, but try to download SWC fan Summer's hilarious fake movie trailer for Brokeback Flatpoint, starring Noblet and Jellineck.
  • [DVD News]

    • February 2006 - People have been telling me that the DVD's of the first two seasons are no longer available. Rumor has it that a boxed set is in the works.

  • February 2006 - Amy Sedaris is in Nova Scotia, Canada, filming Snow Angels.
  • 1/15/06 - The following notice was posted on The Believer website:
    Amy Sedaris has decided to take a much-needed sabbatical from her column-writing duties. In the coming months, SEDARATIVES will feature a rotating cast of guest columnists, including Sarah Silverman (March), Zach Galifianakis (April), and Amy Poehler (May). Neither Amy nor the Believer editors accept any responsibility for the opinions expressed by the aforementioned surrogates, nor can we attest to their Sedarativeness.
    Thanks to Katie, the Crafty Beaver (of amysedarisrocks.com and flatpointhigh.com) for bringing this to my attention.
  • [On Stage]

    • 1/14/06, 8:00pm - Stephen Colbert appears at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco for the 25th Annual Literary Events, benefiting the 826 Valencia Scholarship Program.
      Comic and journalist Stephen Colbert has been called “the fake newsman’s fake newsman” for his hilarious and always provocative reports on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” With a distinctive deadpan and raised eyebrow, Colbert delivers satirical news stories firmly rooted in current events, from “Indecision 2000” to “This Week in God.”  Colbert’s humor allows him to critique the US government, the media, and popular culture in ways other entertainers cannot because his stories are rooted in both reality and absurdity. “We’re not shooting fish in a barrel like with alien enthusiasts or Big Foot hunter,” Colbert says, “this is really spoofing the self-important, hyperbolic, vulture-like quality of tragedy news.” Colbert started his comic career with The Second City in Chicago, where he met his later “Strangers With Candy” collaborator Amy Sedaris. This Fall Colbert will inaugurate Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”
      Click here for more info.

    [On The Tube]

    [Out and About]


           

  • 11/7/05 - Amy Sedaris's new film, Chicken Little, was the #1 box office film of the weekend, taking in $40.1 million.  Even though some critics have not been kind to the movie, it was a much-needed big money maker for Disney, which is probably a huge relief for them since this is their first computer animated feature since their break with the hit-makers at Pixar (Toy Story; A Bug's Life; Monsters, Inc.; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles).  When you go to see Chicken Little, make sure you stay through the end credits because Amy and co-star Steve Zahn sing the 1976 Elton John/Kiki Dee classic "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" together.
  • [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    • 11/4/05 - Amy Sedaris appears in the November 14th issue of People magazine (with Ellen DeGeneres on the cover). There's a full page photo, along with "Free Association With Amy Sedaris."  Thanks to Katie, the Crafty Beaver for the info.

    [Good News!]

    • 11/2/05 - Stephen Colbert's new late-night Comedy Central program, "The Colbert Report", has already been given a full-year order, extending its run through 2006 as a companion to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". Through its first two weeks, "The Colbert Report" has averaged 1.2 million viewers per night, more than double the network's average for the same two weeks last year. It's also retained better than 85 percent of the audience from "The Daily Show", its lead in.   Thanks to Katie, the Crafty Beaver for directing me to the original story at zap2it.

      Within the first three weeks of its October 17th debut, "The Colbert Report" featured "Strangers With Candy" alums Matt Lappin (SWC additional writer), Paul Dinello (Geoffrey Jellineck), and David Cross (Dr. Trapanning, Is My Daddy Crazy?) in various segments.  On October 25th, Matt played a staff member whose handwashing habits were being monitored with a hidden camera.  On November 1st, Paul played Stephen's building manager, Tad, who demonstrated emergency evacuation procedures to protect Stephen and his stuff in the event of an attack or natural disaster. In the process, Tad had to snap the neck of a wheelchair-bound man named Toby who was blocking the stairwell, and Tad ended up being locked in a bunker (complete with an exact replica of the "Colbert Report" set) deep underground beneath the real studio.  On November 2nd, David played Russ Lieber, Stephen's radio commentator nemesis.

    [On The Big Screen]

    [Amy Sedaris needs our help!!!]

    • 10/31/05 - Amy is finishing up her guide to entertaining, I Like You, and she wants to know what your favorite late night munchies are. Send your late night munchie suggestions to me before Thursday, November 3rd, and I'll get them to Amy. She won't be able to mention everyone in the book, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you did your part.

    [On The Tube]

    • 10/27/05 - Amy Sedaris was shown (as Jerri Blank) and mentioned on CNN during a report about the withdrawal of Harriet Miers from Supreme Court consideration. They showed clips from late night talk show monologues and a sketch from "Saturday Night Live" that poked fun at the now former Bush nominee. The report focused on the attention that had been paid to the woman's (tragic) appearance, and that was when the picture of our little fudgepot, Jerri, was flashed on the screen.

    [On Stage]

    • 10/22/05 - Amy Sedaris participates in a session of the Symphony Space "Read-Aloud Day" event in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in NY at 8pm.
      The Book That Changed My Life Marathon
      The headlining event of the National Book Foundation’s National Read-Aloud Day, this 12-hour marathon, presented in collaboration with LIVE from The New York Public Library, and sponsored by Random House, Barnes & Noble, The New York Times, and XM Satellite Radio will feature prominent writers, actors, politicians, scientists, musicians, athletes, businesspeople, reporters, directors, artists, judges and dancers talking about a work of literature that greatly affected them. The speakers will be followed by Broadway and Hollywood actors who will read excerpts from the selected works.
      Get more details about The Book That Changed My Life Marathon or purchase tickets hereThanks to Katie, the Crafty Beaver for the info.

    [On The Catwalk]

    • 10/20/05 - Amy Sedaris does mannequin duty at Symphony Space:
      Superhero Fashion Show
      Thursday, October 20; 8:00pm
      Symphony Space (2537 Broadway)
      $25 ($75 bidding tickets)

      The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. unveils its Spring 2006 Collection with new crimefighting attire designed by Rebecca Taylor, Behnaz Sarafpour, Jack Spade, Built By Wendy, House of Diehl, Kenneth Cole, Marc Jacobs, P-sling, Ben Cho, and Avion. Clothing will be modeled by Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna, Daily Show correspondents Ed Helms, Samantha Bee, and Rob Corddry, and Amy Sedaris. John Hodgman hosts.

      $75.00 tickets include priority seating, as well as a private wine reception and silent auction of costumes after the show.

      (See details and/or purchase tickets here)

      [Note:  It turns out that Amy was heard, but not seen, "modeling" a magical star cape. I suppose she was in the persona of an Invisible Woman.]

    [On Stage]

    [On The Tube]

    • 10/17/05 - Stephen Colbert's new series, "The Colbert Report", premieres on Comedy Central and attracts about 1.1 million viewers, about the same number as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", which precedes it. The audience was more than twice the size of "Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn", which aired in the same spot a year ago. Critics generally lavished much praise on the initial show, in which Stephen plays a pompous news anchor, who's depressingly insecure beneath his public front. Beth Gillin in the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: "What makes the portrayal so funny is that it rings so true, and the show gives Colbert plenty of room to explore the comic tensions between a blowhard anchor and his gooey soft center." Matthew Gilbert in the Boston Globe called Colbert's debut "auspicious," and added: "While Stewart keeps one foot on Earth and rolls his eyes skyward, Colbert skyrockets into absurdity as an out-and-out parody of a celebrity commentator. With his blowhard vocal pattern and patriotic pretenses, he's a living, breathing caricature of Bill O'Reilly."   See the following articles:

      Daily Show Funnyman Colbert Gets Show, from yahoonews & nytimes.com.
      Daily Show's Colbert Gets Series, from Broadcasting & Cable.
    • 10/13/05 - Andy Richter (Career Wizard, Yes, You Can't; Tweetzie Railroad Indian, Trail of Tears; NutriWhiz store clerk, Blank Relay) appears on "Will & Grace".
    • 10/11/05 - Jeremy Davidson (Drake Rogers, The Virgin Jerri) appears on the ABC hit series, "Boston Legal".

    [In The Press]

    [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    • 10/7/05 - Amy Sedaris appears in an 8-page photographic feature (plus a Table of Contents page) in the annual Photo Issue of Entertainment Weekly, which hits stands on this date. It is a double issue (#844/845) and is dated October 14, 2005. It's one of her best spreads, not to mention the most high-profile, and it has the look and feel of a one-woman sketch comedy or a glossy sequel to Wigfield.

    [On Stage]

    • 10/5/05, 8:00pm - Amy Sedaris returns to the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco for the 25th Annual Literary Events, benefiting the 826 Valencia Scholarship Program.  Thanks to Darwin Bell for the info.
      Actor Amy Sedaris has an unreservedly unique sense of humor. A graduate of the illustrious comedy troupe, The Second City, Sedaris creates hilarious, sometimes bizarre, occasionally warm-hearted, and always off-kilter characters. Under the name “The Talent Family,” she and her brother David Sedaris have written and produced several envelope-pushing plays, including Stitches, The Book of Liz, and One Woman Shoe, which won an Obie award. Of her many films, Sedaris most recently reprised the role of “Jerri Blank” in the big-screen adaptation of the cult television show “Strangers With Candy” and appeared as nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz in “Bewitched” with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. As beloved for her enthusiastic baking as her gift for creating unusual characters, the comedian writes an advice column for The Believer called “Sedaratives.” In her debut column, Sedaris responds to every conceivable question, from hospitality conundrums and recipe queries to the utterly absurd.
      Click here for more info.

    [On The Big Screen]

    [On The Tube]

    • 9/26/05 - Todd Oldham hosts a five-part series on HGTV, starting tonight, called "Todd Oldham's Handmade Modern". On the show, Todd and his celebrity guests will show the audience how to create home accessories and furnishings using the colorful and practical ideas inspired by mid-century modern design. Among the guests will be Joan Jett, Susan Sarandon, Jeffrey Tambor, Elizabeth Berkley, and our very own Amy Sedaris.  Amy's episode, entitled "Pattern", will air on Thursday, September 29th at 8:00pm EST and will then be shown again at midnight (Read the full article here).  Some of the items that were created by Todd and his guests, like the tableaux table that he and Amy made, will be auctioned off and proceeds will be donated to benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief efforts.  See pictures hereThanks to Katie, the Crafty Beaver for the info.

    [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    [Online—Amy Sedaris is a dick!]

    • 9/19/05 - Amy Sedaris did voiceover work for an as-yet-unreleased film that was called To Life!, but apparently has been renamed Puberty: The Movie.  Amy's character, Paulie the Penis, is featured in an "educational" animated film for teens called "Puberty Pals". The film was produced by Darci Kittenpants and features David Wain, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Ian Roberts, Jon Benjamin, Corn Mo, and Joe Lo Truglio. You can witness Amy's performance at thetoiletonline.com, the website of the animator, but keep in mind that you should probably not watch it at work. Although it's animated, it's definitely not for kids.

    [On The Tube]

    [On Stage]

    • 7/14/05 - Matt Lappin and his Fuck Monkeys will be uniting once again for a night of music, comedy, and to celebrate the birth of the Gay Christ. Do not miss this one. It just may cost you your eternal soul. At Lolita Bar, 266 Broome @ Allen Street, at 9:30pm.

    [Check Your Local Newsstand]

    • Aug/Sep 2005 - Paul Dinello appears in a Hollywood Fashion feature in GIANT.
      See pictures here.   Thanks to Jeremy for the info.
    • July 2005 - There's a new interview, "Hey, You're Cool: Amy Sedaris", in Issue #33 of Mass Appeal.

  • 6/27/05 - Congratulations to Olivia Oguma (Olivia, the Strangers With Candy movie) for winning a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance for her role in BFE by Julia Cho at the Long Wharf Theatre.
  • [On The Big Screen]

    • 6/24/05 - Will Ferrell (Bob Whitely, Trail of Tears) stars in Bewitched. The film, written and directed by Nora Ephron, isn't a direct adaptation of the television classic, but uses the original at the center of its plot. The film focuses on witch Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman), who decides to move to California. Her witch father Nigel can’t understand her decision. Meanwhile, actor Jack Wyatt (Ferrell) has been dumped and kicked out by his wife, Sheila, as his once-successful film career begins to falter. The Hollywood has-been looks to revitalize his image and decides to play Darrin in a TV remake of “Bewitched”. His only conditions are that he gets top billing and they have to cast an unknown to play his wife, Samantha. The search goes nowhere until Jack spots Isabel in a bookstore. Magic and romance ensue for the pair, and for Nigel who is smitten with actress Iris Smythson (Shirley MacLaine), who plays Samantha's mother Endora. Kristin Chenoweth plays Isabel's neighbor Maria, Joan Plowright plays Aunt Clara, Jason Schwartzman plays Jack's agent Ritchie, Steve Carell plays Uncle Arthur, Stephen Colbert will play the head writer of the TV-show-within-a-movie, our own Amy Sedaris will be playing Gladys Kravitz with Richard Kind (Dr. Harry Link, Who Wants Cake?) as her husband Abner, and Ken Hudson Campbell (Glenn, The Blank Page) also appears as one of the TV show's writers. When I saw her on the set of the Strangers With Candy movie, Amy told me that she had been up for the role of Gladys but didn't get it. At that time she said that her first choice would have been to play bumbling Aunt Clara, and that she thought that her good friend Jackie Hoffman (Miss Plog, A Price Too High For Riches) would be perfect for the Gladys Kravitz role, an opinion with which I have to agree; however, I'm glad that the casting folks changed their minds and chose our little fudgepot after all. Also, Fred Willard is rumored to be up for the role of Dr. Bombay. Visit one of my favorite "Bewitched" fan sites, Harpies Bizarre.


      Will Ferrell is Bewitched by Nicole Kidman's movie magic


      Strangers Stephen Colbert and Ken Campbell (back row)
      with David Alan Grier and Jason Schwartzman


      Shirley MacLaine as Iris Smythson, who plays Endora
      (I know this picture isn't SWC-related, but isn't she fabulous?)

    [On Stage]

    • 6/16/05 - Join Matt Lappin and his Fuck Monkeys for a night of comedy, music, and gradual evolution at Lolita Bar (266 Broome @ Allen Street) in New York. Doors open at 9:00pm and admission is free, free, FREE!!!

    [On The Tube]

    • 6/14/05 - Amy Sedaris brings some cupcakes and cheeseballs to the Fab Five on "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy". The episode will be rebroadcast on Wednesday (6/15) at 11:00am, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm EST, and on Saturday (6/18) at 11:30am and 7:00pm EST on BRAVO. Thanks to Mandy Ahwesh for the info.

    [Out and About]

    • 6/13/05 - Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Will Ferrell attended the premiere of Bewitched at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Stephen can be seen below with his lovely wife, Evelyn McGee, and Will Ferrell is with co-star Nicole Kidman.

    [Submit Your Sedaratives Questions]

    • The folks at The Believer would like for you to send your craft-related questions for Amy to answer in the September issue's edition of her monthly column:
      Hello, friend.

      First of all, we'd like to thank you for spreading the word about Sedaratives, Amy's advice column. The response has been overwhelming, and Amy is scarcely able to answer all of the letters we've received.

      Secondly, we were wondering if you'd be willing to pass along another announcement to Amy's fans. We have more than enough letters for her August "cooking" column, so no further questions are necessary. But she's ready to begin work on her September column, which will tackle the far-reaching theme of crafting. As you know, Amy is a bona fide expert in the crafting genre, and she's willing to assist you with all of your crafting queries, from homemade clothing to home decor to gifts for the holidays. Letters should be sent via email to sedaratives@believermag.com.

      Thanks again for your tireless efforts. You are appreciated.

      The Editors
      The Believer magazine


    [OUT Traveler Online Exclusive]

    • 06/01/05 - It's not in their print issue, but you can read an amusing OUT Traveler interview with Amy Sedaris here.

    [On Stage]

    • 6/7/05 - Alan Tudyk (Father, Blank Stare, parts 1 & 2) fills in for Hank Azaria as Lancelot, The French Taunter, the Knight of Ni, and Tim the Enchanter in the Broadway hit, Spamalot, until Azaria returns in late November.

    [Check Your Local Newsstand]

  • Summer 2005 - Amy Sedaris's book recommendations, from nyobserver.com:
    Amy Sedaris, writer, comedian, Strangers with Candy
    I just picked up A Private Family Matter by Victor Rivas Rivers. It's about domestic violence. The father is so evil and mean. I like reading about domestic violence; it takes my mind off lots of stuff. Whenever my brother David calls, I immediately get books he recommends—like Monkeys by Susan Minot. I always run out to get them. He also recommended Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc—one of the best books I ever read.

    Other books I've recently read:

    A Changed Man by Francine Prose.
    Blue Angel by Francine Prose—flawless, perfect.
    The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls—I like reading about the poor. I'm from North Carolina.  She writes really good poor.
    Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller.
    Under and Alone by William Queen.
  • [eBay Alert!]

    • Auction ends 6/9/05 - amysedaris.com is auctioning off their last peta poster autographed by Amy Sedaris. Once again, this auction benefits the House Rabbit Society. Bid here.
    • Auction ends 5/30/05 - The pimping for the bunnies at amysedaris.com continues unabated.  Click here to bid on a one-of-a-kind autographed copy of the April/May 2005 issue of Bust Magazine with Amy on the cover. Inside the issue you'll find that wonderful interview conducted by SNL's Maya Rudolph and more hilarious photos by the incomparable Todd Oldham. The lucky winner gets this treasure and the pleasure of knowing that he/she will be helping the House Rabbit Society, from whence Amy adopted her beloved bunny, Dusty. Happy bidding!

    [On Stage]

    • 5/11/05 - Matt Lappin (Strangers writer) will be slappin' some o' that good stank stand up comedy and fancy-feet music at Charley O's on 45th Street and 8th Avenue in Midtown at 8:30pm.  Check him out before he checks you out.
    • 5/5/05 - Please join Matt Lappin and His Fuck Monkeys for a night of stand up comedy and musical delight.
      WHERE: Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street @ Allen Street, 1 block below Delancey).
      WHEN: 8:30pm
      WHY: Because without laughter and music life is a series of weather reports, unfulfilling bathroom experiences, and monthly bills to be paid. Oh, yeah, and there's no cover and no drink minimum.

  • May 2005 - There's a great interview with Maria Thayer at Used Wigs.
  • [On The Tube]

    • 4/27/05 - Amy Sedaris makes a return visit to "The Late Show with David Letterman".
    • 4/18/05 - Amy Sedaris appears on the Oprah Winfrey show in a sketch that Jon Stewart put together, which was a spoof of "Oprah Makes Your Wildest Dream Come True".  Jon arrived at a Starbucks in a cheap van to surprise a barista named Betty (Amy's character, aka Betsy Lou) who had written a letter to Oprah. Of course the letter was made up of letters and words cut out of magazines, like a ransom note. Betty gets excited, jumps up and down, screams, takes a hit of whipped cream, and quits her job. When she asks what she's won (expecting a house or a boat) she's told that the prize is a ticket to see Mamma Mia! on Broadway. Then Jon's Good Time van gets towed away.  See more info here.
    • 4/15/05 - Amy Sedaris appears in episode 6, History, of the absurdist children's-show-themed adult variety series, "Wonder Showzen", on MTV2. In the segment, "Story Time With Miss Amy", she's dressed as a twisted fairy and tells a twisted tale to a bratty child about the pathetic Princess Patsy who ends up being accused of being a baby killer.

    [eBay Alert!]

    [On The Tube]

    [On Stage]

    • April-June 2005 — Olivia Oguma (Olivia in the Strangers With Candy movie) appears in the 2004 Weissberger Award-winning play BFE by Julia Cho at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, from April 13th through May 1st, and then Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons (Peter Jay Sharp Theater) from May 19th through June 12th.
      Panny, an awkward Korean-American girl with self-esteem issues, has just turned 14 and she’s looking for love. Panny’s mother thinks she’s found it in her soap operas. Panny’s uncle might just have it in the form of a department store clerk he meets returning a pair of earrings.

      When your uncle's a collector of miniature role-playing figurines, your homebound Mom has visions of General MacArthur, and a serial killer stalks your neighborhood in search of bubbly blondes, what's a fourteen year-old Korean-American girl to do but look for love? A heartfelt glimpse at one family's attempt to escape its stifling home life, BFE questions the nature of beauty and desirability in contemporary America, and their sometimes devastating effect on our ability to see ourselves as fully human.

    [Out and About]

    • 3/2/05 - Amy Sedaris attends the opening night performance of the off-Broadway play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which was written by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Amy's good friend, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Henry, the Strangers With Candy movie). The play stars Sam Rockwell (Judas), Eric Bogosian (Satan), and Kohl Sudduth (Butch Honeywell). Our very own Sara Blank, Deborah Rush plays the mother of Judas, Henrietta Iscariot, and Flatpoint High School's nurse, Callie Thorne, plays Iscariot's defense attorney, Fabiana Aziza Cunningham. Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, and Rosie Perez were also among the attendees.


      Philip Seymour Hoffman  Amy with Ben Stiller Amy, looking adorable

    Amy Sedaris shows us her BUST[Check Your Local Newsstand]

    • April/May 2005 - Amy Sedaris appears on the cover of BUST magazine.
    • April/May 2005 - GIANT magazine has pictures from the party at the Monkey Bar in Park City, Utah, celebrating the Sundance Film Festival premiere of the Strangers With Candy movie.   See the item here.
    • February/March 2005 - Amy Sedaris wrote a brief diary of her November 2004 activities and included Polaroids for BlackBook magazine.

    [On The Tube]

    • 3/27/05 - Premiere of "Grey's Anatomy", which stars Ellen Pompeo (Lizzy Abrams, Feather in the Storm) and Sandra Oh (Sideways). The new ABC series temporarily airs on Sunday nights at 10:00pm EST in the "Boston Legal" timeslot.
    • 3/26/05 - Premiere of "Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie", which stars Erin Cottrell (Relay team member, Blank Relay) as Ingalls family matriarch, Caroline. The new ABC series will air on Saturday nights at 8:00pm EST.
    • 3/17/05 - Chris Carmack (Laird, Invisible Love) appears in an episode of the new ABC series "Jake in Progress" as an Ashton Kutcher-like character.
    • 3/3/05 - Premiere of "Law & Order: Trial by Jury", which stars Bebe Neuwirth (Herself, P.S.A., To Love, Honor, and Pretend). The series can be seen on Friday nights at 10:00pm EST on NBC.

    [On The Big Screen]

    • 3/3/05 - I'm told that there will be a screening of the Strangers With Candy movie at 7:30pm at the ArcLight Cinema (6360 W. Sunset Blvd) in Hollywood, CA.  Thanks to Raff Hall for the info.
    • February 2005 - Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) appears in the new Will Smith comedy, Hitch.
    • January 2005 - The Strangers With Candy movie premieres at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Park City at Midnight category, which is described thusly: "The after-hours hot spot of the film festival, Park City at Midnight is a treat for film die-hards. This section brings daring, lively, and adventurous cinema to festival audiences. An eclectic mix of horror, over-the-top comedies, surreal tales, explicit animation, and bizarre stories that defy categorization, Park City at Midnight films are likely to amuse, surprise, or shock the bleary-eyed viewer and offer a lively last stop on the nightly social circuit or a final dose of cinematic nourishment for the film obsessed."  Showtimes and locations for Strangers With Candy are:
          • 1/24 and 1/29 at 11:30pm (Library Center Theatre)
          • 1/27 at 2:30pm and 1/30 at 1:30pm (Holiday Village Cinema II)
          • 1/29 at 12 noon (Trolley Square Cinemas)
      The film was picked up by Warner Independent Pictures for distribution and will be released in the fall. I attended the premiere on the 24th, so you can expect a Sundance diary and film review from me very soon!

    [On The Tube]

    • 2/8/05 - Stephen Colbert appears on the late late-night NBC gabfest "Last Call with Carson Daly" at 1:30am EST. The show, which also features guest Dermot Mulroney, was taped on January 31st. Thanks to Liz Fagan for the info.

  • 2/1/05 - You can buy an authentic Amy Sedaris Li'l Smokey Cheese Ball at all Gourmet Garage locations in New York City.
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