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  • 3/29/02 - Happy 41st birthday to Amy Sedaris
  • [On the Big Screen] 3/29/02 - Matt Newton (Alan Tiresias: "Behind Blank Eyes") appears in National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
  • [On the Tube] 3/25/02 - Amy Sedaris appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and talked about a recent shopping excursion with her new pal Sarah Jessica Parker. It turns out that at one particularly fancy clothing store Amy had stripped down to her bra and panties, thinking that she was in part of the dressing room, but she was actually right out in the open for the whole world to see.
    NOTE: The following week's issue of Entertainment Weekly mentioned that Amy had made a joke on the program that stirred up a little controversy. The previous night, Halle Berry and Denzel Washington had won top honors at the Academy Awards ceremony and Sidney Poitier had been presented with a special award for his lifetime of achievements, so when Amy referred to the awards telecast as "Showtime at the Apollo", CBS and "Late Show" execs got worried and edited the quip from the broadcast, even though on that same night Arsenio Hall made a joke on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" that was almost identical and NBC did not edit his words.

    Click here to see pictures of Amy's appearance on "The Late Show"
  • [On the Tube]
  • [On the Big Screen]
    • Patrick Blindauer (Chip Beavers) and Ed Jupp, Jr. (the Man in the Wheelchair at the Shoe Store: "A Price Too High For Riches") both appear in A Beautiful Mind. Blindauer plays the student in John Nash's MIT class who asks him if he can open the classroom window. Jupp plays one of the university professors who present Nash with their pens near the end of the film.
    • Look for an appearance by Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) in Storytelling, the latest film from director Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness). Heather Matarazzo (Renee: "Is My Daddy Crazy?") had also filmed a number of scenes for this movie, but they were cut.
    • Jackie Hoffman (Miss Plog: "A Price Too High For Riches") can be seen in Kissing Jessica Stein, soon to go into wider release.
  • [Australian TV Alert!!!] - An Aussie SWC fan named Raymond notified me that the Comedy Channel (a Pay TV channel available from Foxtel and Austar in Australia) is going to start screening "Strangers With Candy" again from Friday January 4, 2002 -- two episodes at a time. Their schedule has the show listed for each Friday in January and will possibly continue to be shown thereafter. The online Foxtel guide lists the air times for January 4th as 9:00am/9:30am AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) for Episodes 101 and 102 as well as 9:00pm/9:30pm AEDT for the same two episodes.
  • [On the Radio] - Listen for the vocal talents of Paul Dinello in a new radio commercial for AT&T Text Messaging in which he plays the father of a teenage girl whose use of text messaging shorthand has him worrying that she doesn't know how to spell.

  • [On Stage]
    • 11/23/01 - 12/23/01 -- Maria Thayer appears as "Nuna" in Eve (The Vagina Monologues) Ensler's Necessary Targets, at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. The play stars Hartford native Diane Venora (FILM: The 13th Warrior, Hamlet 2000, Romeo + Juliet 1996; TV: "Chicago Hope").
    • 12/9/01 - Paul Dinello participated in Jackie Hoffman's annual holiday fest, "Jackie's Kosher Khristmas 3" in New York City. The evening opened with a short film in which Jackie was seen speaking with her shrink (David Rakoff, from The Talent Family's play The Book of Liz) about the stresses of putting together a musical variety show, her inability to pay the performers, and the pathetic state of her career. In the second act Jackie complained about David Rakoff's monotone, he in turn called her overblown, so Jackie crept off to the bathroom to hit the bottle. Then Paul Dinello also antagonized Jackie by popping onstage several times to criticize the show and express impatience for his own feature presentation. Looking quite the slacker, Paul introduced himself as a "cable TV performer who always thought of Christmas as a part of my future," then he sang an unspeakably un-PC Christmas ditty with acoustic guitar. He also played Jackie's son, Ramon Martinez. Other star performers included Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party), Julie Halston (Broadway's The Women) did a dead-on Joan Crawford, Sarah Thyre & Andy Richter appeared in a "couples" video, David Ilku, Tammy Faye Starlite, and Mary Birdsong. The whole night was top-quality, hilarious entertainment with lots of showtunes including an SNL-style pop medley sung by Afghan peasants, and Jackie (or J.Ho) dueting with herself in blackface on "Ebony and Ivory." Thanks to Nicholas Messing for the report.
  • [On the Tube]
    • 11/28/01 - Once again Amy Sedaris appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and once again I missed it.
    • 11/21/01 - Add Jackie Hoffman's (Miss Plog: "A Price Too High For Riches") name to the list of "Strangers" who have appeared on NBC's "Ed".
    • 11/14/01 - Peter Benson (Buddah Stalin: "Is Freedom Free?") appeared on "Ed". He and numerous other "Strangers With Candy" cast and crew members have probably found it convenient to work on "Ed" because, like "Strangers", it is filmed in New Jersey.
    • 10/31/01 - Amy appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" again, less than two months after her first appearance. Besides the fact that the New York talk shows are having a really hard time booking guests since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Dave must have really liked her to have her back so soon. Amy told a story about her accidental purchase of a $500 pair of shoes, claimed that she looks like Robert Blake and John Cougar Mellencamp, talked about her new play Wonder of the World, and joked about her crush on WOTW co-star Sarah Jessica Parker's husband, Matthew Broderick.

    Click here to see a picture of Amy's appearance on "The Late Show"

    • Larc Spies (Derrick) appears in a new commercial for Starbursts candies:
  • [On the Big Screen] -- Kevyn Aucoin (Sharpei, "The Goodbye Guy") and Luther Creek (the student who wanted to be a jester, "Who Wants Cake?") appear briefly in the new Ben Stiller flick, Zoolander.
  • [In the Works] -- Mark O'Donnell (Librarian, "Is My Daddy Crazy?") has cowritten [with Thomas Meehan, Marc Shaiman, and Scott Wittman] a musical stage adaptation of the John Waters film Hairspray. Harvey Fierstein is expected to play the role originated by the late great Divine. Coincidentally, Peter Benson (Buddah Stalin, "Is Freedom Free?") recently participated in a reading of the script, so he may appear in the cast, too. The musical is to be directed by Rob Marshall, who also has the big screen version of Chicago on his plate, and is expected to open during the 2002-2003 season.
  • [On the Tube]
    • 10/11/01 & 10/18/01 - Amy appeared in a two-part story arc on the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me". The episodes, entitled "The Two Faces of Finch", featured Amy as security guard Betsy Frayne, who arrived at Blush and shed light on Dennis Finch's quirky personality. Finch (David Spade) told everyone that Betsy used to stalk him at college and that she tried to steal his personality. But when the facts come out, through a flashback to Finch's college days, Finch is revealed as the one who stole Betsy's mannerisms. The first episode was originally scheduled for September 27th, but the new season was postponed because of the tragic events of 9/11.

    Click here to see pictures of Amy's appearances on "Just Shoot Me"

  • [Coming October 9, 2001] -- According to playbill.com, Amy Sedaris and Alan Tudyk (Father, "Blank Stare") will costar with Sarah Jessica Parker ("Sex & the City"), Marylouise Burke, Bill Raymond, Kevin Chamberlin, and Kristine Nielsen in David Lindsay-Abaire's new play Wonder of the World. [Kevin Chamberlin replaces Jeremy Sisto, "Six Feet Under"] The show will begin previews on 10/2/2001, with the opening on 11/1/2001, at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I at City Center (131 West 55th Street, New York) and will be directed by Christopher Ashley. MTC recently made a splash with Proof and Charles Busch's acclaimed The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Wonder of the World had its world premiere May 22-July 16, 2000, by Washington DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Lindsay-Abaire also penned the offbeat comedy, Fuddy Meers, seen at MTC in late 1999 prior to a brief Off-Broadway commercial run in 2000. Parker will play Cass, a wife who leaves her husband after making a shocking discovery in his sweater drawer. In search of something better, Cass flees to the honeymoon capital of the world, Niagara Falls. Armed with a "to-do list" that includes "learn Swedish, eat venison, witness an execution, wear a large wig," Cass meets Lois (a suicidal alcoholic with a pickle barrel perfect for the falls), a romantic boat captain, a psychotic helicopter pilot, and a bickering couple disguised as detectives. Lindsay-Abaire's other plays include A Devil Inside and The Kitchen Sink Drama. He is also working on a new play, Jiminy Christmas, for Janeane Garofalo.
    Trivia: 5/14/2000, Marylouise Burke won a Drama Desk Award for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, beating Amy Sedaris for her performance in The Country Club.
  • [On the Tube] 9/6/01 - Amy appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and discussed her upcoming play, Wonder of the World, which will star Sarah Jessica Parker.

  • Click here to see pictures of Amy's appearance on "The Late Show"

  • [Australia VCR Alert!!!] 9/2/01 - The Comedy Channel in Australia (on Foxtel and Austar) will be airing a "Strangers With Candy" marathon. Every episode will be shown, from 4:30am to 7:30pm. Thanks to Michael M. for the information.
  • [On the Tube] 8/19/01 - Zach Shaffer (Jerri's hubby, Ronnie Leggett: "To Love, Honor, and Pretend") appeared in the first half of the 2-hour finale of HBO's fantastic series, "Six Feet Under".
  • [Check Your Local Newsstand] -- Amy Sedaris and David Rakoff appear in Entertainment Weekly's June 29/July 6, 2001 double issue, "The 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment: The It List".
    See Chris Buck's photo of Sedaris and Rakoff
  • 5/10/01 - Bad news about Amy's new TV venture, "When I Grow Up" (which had been retitled "Fling" somewhere along the way), reported in the IMDB's "Movie/TV News":
    With Writer's Strike Threat Over, Fox Kills Series
    The Fox TV network has canceled a new series that its producers, Paramount TV, had rushed into production several months ago in order to beat an anticipated strike by TV writers, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). According to the newspaper, six episodes of When I Grow Up (from Moonlighting creator Glenn Gordon Caron) had already been completed when the plug was pulled. The Times quoted unnamed insiders as saying that Fox had sought to reduce its commitment to the show "because of differences over the series' creative direction and Caron's reluctance to accept input from the network."
  • The Museum of Television & Radio Presents a Marathon Screening of "Strangers with Candy" Including the Unaired Pilot
    Unaired pilot plus episodes 1 to 15
    NY: Saturday, May 19 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    LA: Saturday, June 2-12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    Episodes 16 to 30
    NY: Sunday, May 20 from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m.
    LA: Sunday, June 3-12:00 to 5:30 p.m.

    "Strangers with Candy", the brainchild of Second City veterans Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello, did more than spoof the genre of hyper-moralistic afterschool specials - it carved out its own brand of irreverent television while pushing the limits of social conventions and, occasionally, good taste.  Starring Sedaris as Jerri Blank, a former "user, boozer, and loser" who returns to Flatpoint High to turn over a new leaf, "Strangers" broke new ground in satire for three seasons on Comedy Central. The Museum will present a weekend marathon screening of the entire series, including the unaired pilot episode.

    Curator Favorites: In addition to the Marathon, a five-episode package featuring "A Burden's Burden," "Who Wants Cake?," "Behind Blank Eyes," "The Blank Page," "The Last Temptation of Blank" will also be screened.
    NY: Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m.
    LA: Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m.
    A seminar with the cast and creative team (taped at the New York Museum on April 2, 2001) will also be available for viewing upon request in the Museum's library at a private console.

    For further information call (212) 621-6600 in New York and (310) 786-1000 in Los Angeles.

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    Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Suggested contribution of $6.00 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens, and $3.00 for children under fourteen; Members free. The Museum locations: 25 West 52 St., New York, NY 10019 and 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. The Museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and on these holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  All public areas in the Museum are accessible to wheelchairs. Programs subject to change.  The Museum is located at www.mtr.org on the Internet.
  • [On The Tube] 5/9/01 - Amy returned to "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". The show also featured Kevin Nealon and Martha Stewart. Amy came out and presented Conan with some flowers for his mother -- a reference to earlier in the program when Martha did the same thing, but the difference was that Amy just stole some flowers from the Green Room backstage. Then Amy did her "de rigeur" Piglet performance, leaving Kevin and Martha visibly stunned beyond words. Then Amy told Conan that she has an upcoming dramatic role in a Lifetime TV movie about a woman whose doctor tells her that she has to get her tubes tied during hurricane season. Amy happened to have brought a clip, which featured her in full Piglet splendor, cussing up a storm. Amy then complimented Martha on her glamorous appearance as Veronica Lake in Kevyn Aucoin's (Sharpei, "The Goodbye Guy") book "Face Forward". My favorite part came next when Amy tried to impress Martha with her own craft-making skills. She brought out a box of crafts that contained her taxidermied squirrel "Winks", for whom she made a Pilgrim-style Thanksgiving hat and an Indian headdress for celebrating Indian Summer. Also included in the box were a smokey cheese ball, a baby wind-up doll that a friend painted to look like Hitler, Land-o-Lakes boxes that were crafted with a peek-a-boo feature so you could see the Indian maiden's boobs, and a carved driftwood squirrel-shaped bong that can also be used to hold a meat thermometer. Amy gave this to Martha and assured her that the bowl was packed. And as a finale, Amy showed Conan and Martha how to make grilled cheese sandwiches in prison using a common household iron. She graciously told Martha that she could use the recipe in her next book.

  • Click here to see pictures of Amy's appearance on "Late Night"

  • 4/17/01 - I've just posted over a dozen SWC-related articles, interviews, and reviews in my "Interview" and "Review" sections.
  • The Book of Liz  has been extended!!! - until June 1st. Read the great review of The Book of Liz from HX magazine. Also read another great review from The Village Voice, with pictures.
  • [On the Tube] - Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) has made three appearances on "The Big Apple" as a nurse named Rosemary and she told me that she may be back for more. Her first appearance was 3/14/01.
  • [Check Your Local Newsstand]
    • April 2001 - Amy is featured on page 140 of ELLE (with Uma Thurman on the cover). Read it here.
    • April/May 2001 - Amy is on page 56 of Metro Source magazine, the Fashionable Issue. Photo by Todd Oldham and article by Harry Brown. Read it here.
    • May, 2001 - Amy is featured in some funny Todd Oldham photos (see below) in PAPER magazine (with Ashton Kutcher on the cover).
       
  • 4/13/01 - A glowing review of The Book of Liz from Entertainment Weekly:
    It could be called The Book of Amy. Not only did Amy Sedaris cowrite this comedy with brother David, but she also plays Liz and bakes the cupcakes for sale in the lobby. Her castmates work hard, too: A splendid company of four brings off 15 roles in Liz, the story of a Squeamish (read: Amish) woman with a pesky perspiration problem and a God-given gift for cheese balls. This is funny, but add three Ukrainians, two gay waiters, and one giant peanut, and it's screamingly funny. Plus, at just 75 minutes, there's time for dinner - and a cupcake - afterward. (Tele-charge) (through May 20) A- Melissa Rose Bernardo
  • [On The Tube] 4/3/01 - Amy visited Stephen Colbert on "The Daily Show".

    Click here to see pictures of Amy and Stephen on "The Daily Show"
  • 4/2/01 - On Monday, April 2, 2001 there was a special "Strangers With Candy" seminar from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York (25 West 52nd St., between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave.). Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Greg Hollimon, Stephen Colbert, and producer Kent Alterman made up the on-stage panel to discuss the show and take audience questions. Maria Thayer, Dolores Duffy, Deborah Rush, Larc Spies, Troy Metcalf, writer Matt Lappin, Mark Ibold, Jack Ferver, the Fagan family, and many more SWC people attended, too. There was also a screening of the original, unaired pilot, "Retardation, A Celebration".
    Read about it and see a couple pictures, here
    Strangers with Candy, the brainchild of Second City veterans Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello, did more than spoof the genre of hyper-moralistic after-school specials-it carved out its own hysterical brand of irreverent television while pushing the limits of social conventions and, occasionally, good taste. Starring Sedaris as forty-six-year-old Jerri Blank, a former "user, boozer, and loser" who returns to Flatpoint High to turn over a new leaf, Strangers broke new ground in satire for three seasons on Comedy Central, where it attracted a cult following of fans and critics alike. This seminar will reunite Sedaris, Colbert, and Dinello, as well as other members of the cast and creative team, for a discussion of the show that Kinney Littlefield of the Orange County Register once called, "wickedly, wildly, wonderfully perverted television."

    IN PERSON:
    KENT ALTERMAN, Executive Producer
    STEPHEN COLBERT, Creator/ Writer/ "Mr. Noblet"
    PAUL DINELLO, Creator/ Writer/ "Mr. Jellineck"
    AMY SEDARIS, Creator/ Writer/ "Jerri Blank"

    Tickets: $10 ($8 for Museum Members)
    Tickets on sale to Members now. Tickets available to general public Tuesday, March 13 at noon. Tickets may be purchased in the Museum lobby or can be ordered by calling the Museum at (212) 621-6600 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays.

  • [Check Your Local Newsstand]  Spring 2001 - There's a great 4-page spread on Amy in the latest issue of BUST Magazine (with Sandra Bernhard on the cover), including pictures of Amy's cupcakes and cheeseballs!!! Oh, and don't forget the squirrel. BUST can be found at your local Barnes & Noble, Borders Books & Music, or Tower Records.
    (To read the BUST article and see the pictures, click here.)
  • 3/5/01 - Chuck Coggins has replaced Peter Bartlett in THE BOOK OF LIZ.
  • [On the Tube]   Recent TV appearances:
    • 2/28/01 - Tessa Ghylin (Tina: "The Virgin Jerri") played Donna Tozzi on "Ed". She's the girl who camped out with Warren Cheswick on his "Walden" weekend.
  • 2/26/01 - Here's an update about The Book of Liz, the new play by The Talent Family, David and Amy Sedaris, at the Greenwich House Theatre (27 Barrow Street, off Seventh Avenue South). Performances will begin on Monday, March 12th, and will open on Monday, March 26th. The engagement will run through May 5th only. The 4-member cast is Peter Bartlett, Jackie Hoffman, David Rakoff and Amy Sedaris. Directed by Hugh Hamrick, who is also designing the sets, the new play features costumes by Victoria Farrell, lighting design by Kirk Bookman and sound design by Laura Grace Brown.
    Sister Elizabeth (Amy Sedaris) has always made the cheeseballs that are the major source of income for her church sect. Feeling unwanted and unappreciated, Sister Elizabeth runs off -- finding herself beside a highway, at the home of Russian immigrants, and finally working in a restaurant.
    Working under the name The Talent Family, David and Amy Sedaris have written six previous plays produced by La Mama Theater and Lincoln Center: Jamboree, Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe (Obie Award), The Little Frieda Mysteries (Encore Award), Incident at Cobblers Knob. Hugh Hamrick designed and directed the Talent Family's Incident at Cobblers Knob for the Lincoln Center Festival and designed the five previous Talent Family shows. He has also directed Amy Sedaris in two dinner theater productions at the Westbeth Theater, Come Back Little Sheba and 'night Mother. Future Drama Dept. productions of new works include The Big Time, a new musical comedy, book by Douglas Carter Beane, music & lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen, and Rude Entertainment, a new play by Paul Rudnick. The playing schedule for The Book of Liz is as follows: Monday through Friday at 8PM, and Saturday at 7PM and 10PM. All tickets are $35 and must be purchased through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.
    www.DramaDept.org
  • [Check Your Local Newsstand]  March 2001 - Amy and her brother David Sedaris are featured on the cover of Index Magazine and there's a hilarious interview with pictures inside, too!
    Click here to read the interview and see the pictures.
  • 2/7/01 - For news on the latest, still-untitled Amy/David Sedaris stage collaboration or to buy tickets, visit the Drama Dept. page. The show is directed by David's lover, Hugh Hamrick, and will star Amy Sedaris, Peter Bartlett, and David Rakoff. If you're going to be in New York between March 12th and May 5th, make plans to see this show at the Greenwich House Theater (tel. 212-633-9632 ), 27 Barrow Street, New York. There will be an "Opening Night Gala" on March 26th.
  • 2/6/01 - GREAT NEWS!!!   I have learned, via two members of Natasha's "JerriBlank" message board, that Amy Sedaris will star in a Fox TV comedy, produced by Paramount, about an unfaithful woman who joins a professional infidelity investigator after she herself is caught.  It's tentatively titled "What I Want to be When I Grow Up" and will begin its initial 13-episode run in the Fall of 2001. According to my other sources, though, this may just be a one-time guest spot for Amy. Time will tell...
  • [On The Tube]
    • 12/28/00 - Amy made another appearance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien", also featuring Dick Clark. I missed it, though, because I was in Connecticut for the holidays. I'm sad. I would have loved to have seen Dick Clark's reaction to "Piglet"!

      Click here to see pictures of Amy's appearance on "Late Night"
    • 12/19/00 - VH1 aired "Rock Star Makeovers", featuring makeup artist and "Face Forward" author Kevyn Aucoin (Sharpei, "The Goodbye Guy"). The program also featured "Strangers With Candy" fans Cher, Tori Amos, and Tina Turner. "Rock Star Makeovers" will air again on January 6, 2001 at 12:00pm.
  • 11/30/00 - Amy attended the opening night performance of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis's Jesus Hopped the A Train at the East 13th Street Theater. In the picture below, she is welcomed by her friend, actor-director Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • 11/29/00 - Travis Manning has created more Jerri Blank dolls, now with lockers:
       

  • Amy, photographed by Todd Oldham for the
M·A·C Cosmetics calendar supplement 
in Interview magazine

  • [Check Your Local Newsstand]
    November 2000:
    • There is a new L.A.Eyeworks ad campaign featuring a Greg Gorman photo of Amy as Jerri Blank (right). It can be found on page 23 of the December issue of Out Magazine or on page 43 of the December issue of Paper Magazine.
    • Amy is featured in a bonus calendar that is included with the latest issue of Interview Magazine (Penelope Cruz is on the cover). Amy's puppy loving photo was snapped by Todd Oldham. The calendar can be purchased at the MAC Cosmetics website.
  • 11/24/00 - There was a blurb in "Entertainment Weekly" about the breakup of Mark Ibold's band, Pavement. Mark appeared as a member of Derrick's band in "The Virgin Jerri" and he was also featured in the closing credits sequence of "Yes You Can't", playing "Carry On Wayward Son".
  • 11/21/00 - Congratulations to Sarah Thyre (Coach Wolf) and Andy Richter on the birth of their son, William Oscar Richter, who was born at 4:48pm. Sarah sure looked ready to pop when I saw her in mid-September. It's no wonder, though, because little William -- or should I say BIG William? -- tipped the scales at 9 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 21.5 inches in length.
  • 11/20/00 - Another article about Trifecta, from PLus Films:
    ARTISAN ENTERTAINMENT TO DEVELOP TRIFECTA
    Leading Independent Entertainment Company teams with creators of Comedy Central’s "Strangers with Candy"

    NEW YORK, October 3, 2000 – Artisan Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to the comedy script, Trifecta, the freshman feature film effort from the creators of Comedy Central’s first live-action narrative series, "Strangers with Candy." The original screenplay was written by the cult television show’s creators, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, and "Strangers" regular David Pasquesi, all alumni of Chicago’s celebrated "Second City" comedy troupe. The script, which is in further development at Artisan, will be directed by Paul Dinello and star the three writers.

    Trifecta is a screwball comedy about two hapless brothers, Lewis and Chet, who break away from their mundane lives and join forces with Troy, a psychotic conspiracy theorist with a penchant for pyrotechnics. The trio embarks on plans to steal an ATM, but turn out to be at best, bumbling thieves. Dinello, Colbert and Pasquesi will be joined on the acting front by "Strangers with Candy" creator Amy Sedaris, who currently stars in the show as Jerri Blank, a 46 year old former prostitute and drug addict who returns to high school. They also plan to tap their relationships with past collaborators from "Saturday Night Live," Second City, and "The Daily Show," among others, to round out the cast.

    Said Patrick Gunn, Executive Vice President, Artisan Entertainment, "Paul, Stephen and David are talented comedic writers and performers who have proven their ability to create original and innovative situations and deliver laughs. We are pleased to be working with such a creative and imaginative team."

    The project was brought to Gunn by producers Victoria Lang and Pier PaoloPiccoli of PLus Films, Inc, and Ann Marie Spina of SpinaVision. The agreement was brokered by Gunn and Erin Austin, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Mark Beigelman on behalf of the producers and project. Mike Lubin at the William Morris Agency represents the filmmakers.

  • [On The Air] 11/15/00 - Amy Sedaris was interviewed on the Sarah Lawrence College radio program "Lick It Good" tonight between 6:00 and 7:00pm.   [Amy once joked that if Jerri Blank ever graduates from high school and decides to go to college she'd go to Sarah Lawrence.]
    http://www.slc.edu/wslc
  • [On the Tube]   Recent TV appearances:
  • 11/14/00 - I've just added an "Exit 57"  tribute page.
  • Here's another blurb about Trifecta. This one is from FilmLand News:
    TRIFECTA WON BY ARTISAN - Artisan Entertainment is betting on Trifecta, a screwball comedy script in progress from the creators of Comedy Central's Strangers With Candy. The company has acquired worldwide distribution rights for the project being penned by Strangers creators Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert and writer David Pasquesi. The writers are expected to complete the script by the end of fall for a projected 2001 start date with Dinello at the helm, sources said. Trifecta's writing trio also will star in the film, along with Strangers star and fellow series creator Amy Sedaris. The film's creators said they plan to round out the cast with their TV comedy brethren at Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, among others. The script follows two hapless brothers who break away from their mundane lives to join forces with a psychotic conspiracy theorist. When the trio turns to a life of petty crime, the results are disastrous.
  • Here's a spirit-lifting press release, courtesy of Ann Marie Spina:
    Artisan acquires comedy script Trifecta
    Mike Goodridge in Los Angeles
    October 03, 2000

    Artisan Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to the comedy script Trifecta - the first feature script from the creators of cult US cable TV series Strangers With Candy.

    Written by show creators Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert with Strangers actor David Pasquesi (all alumni of Chicago's Second City comedy troupe), Trifecta is a screwball comedy about two hapless brothers who join forces with a pyrotechnic conspiracy theorist in a heist plot to steal an ATM machine. Dinello will direct.

    Dinello, Colbert and Pasquesi will star in the film alongside Amy Sedaris, who plays the lead role of Jerri Blank on Strangers With Candy. Aired on the Comedy Central channel in the US, Strangers With Candy tells of the adventures of Jerri, a 46-year-old former prostitute and drug addict who returns to high school.

    Trifecta was brought to Artisan's executive vice president Patrick Gunn by producers Victoria Lang and Pier Paolo Piccoli of Plus Films and Ann Marie Spina of SpinaVision. The agreement was brokered by Gunn and Erin Austin, senior vice president, business & legal affairs, and Mark Beigelman on behalf of the producers and the project. Mike Lubin at William Morris Agency represents the film-makers.

  • [On the Tube] 10/2/00 - Tonight is the Series Finale. Yes, the final episode. "I'm sad." :-(
  • [Check Your Local Newsstand] October 2000 - The current issue of Alternative Press features a great article about Amy.
  • [On Stage] 9/14/00 - 10/1/00: Orlando Pabotoy (Orlando Pinatubo) appears at the Blue Heron Arts Center (121 East 24th St., New York) in Han Ong's Middle Finger, presented by the Ma-Yi Theater Company. The play is an incisive look at growing up and parenting in today's constantly negotiable moral climate. It follows the lives of Jacob Rodriguez and Benjamin Lunga, two teenage Filipino-American boys in a rigidly structured Catholic boys' school, as they each chart a course for self-realization. Loosely inspired by Franz Wedekind's Spring Awakening, the play tells of interwoven lives mapping out a uniquely modern American story that speaks with the immediacy and sharpness of the streets. Loy Arcenas directs.
    (NOTE: From June 16th to the 25th, 2000, the same theater had staged a production of Chris Millado's Intermezzo that was directed by our very own Orlando. Orlando had also previously starred as Simeon in Chris Millado's peregriNasyon (Wandering Nation), a play about the first Filipino migrant workers who picked asparagus in California and canned fish in Alaska three generations ago. Written and directed by Millado, the play is based on America Is in the Heart, a 1943 novel by immigrant writer Carlos Bulosan.)
    Click here to see a picture of Orlando with the cast
  • [On Stage] 9/14/00 - 9/30/00: Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) appears at the Ohio Theater (66 Wooster St., New York 10012) in Stephanie Fleischmann's Eloise and Ray. The play is about 16-year-old Eloise, who lives with her strict father in a tiny town on the Colorado plain. She often wonders about her older brother Jed, who mysteriously took off when she was 9. Ray, Jed's childhood friend, arrives back into town looking for Jed, but finds himself drawn to Eloise. It also features Black-Eyed Susan and Chris Payne Gilbert. Alexandra Aron directs.
    Click to see Picture #1, and Picture #2
  • 9/17/00 - I just returned from my weekend in Rutherford, NJ (aka Flatpoint, XE) where I visited the set on the last day of filming. I also attended the show's wrap party the next night in the East Village. To read about it, click here.
  • [Web Surfing] 9/17/00 - The ebay auction for the Jerri Blank doll ends at 3:17pm EST. The doll was custom made by Travis Manning.
  • 9/15/00 - This is the final day of filming for episode 310, which may be the last episode of "Strangers With Candy" unless Comedy Central can be convinced that there are more fans than the Nielsen ratings system can accurately account for.
    Write to Comedy Central and tell them that you want more "Candy":

    Comedy Central
    1775 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019

    telephone: 212-767-8600
    email: mail@comedycentral.com

  • 9/2/00 - I've added two reviews. One from the Akron Beacon Journal and the other is from Willamette Week.
  • 7/27/00 - Check out the "I Want Candy" page that a loyal fan has created with the sole purpose of convincing Comedy Central to order more new episodes of "SWC".  Join the "I Want Candy" letter-writing campaign so that Season Three won't be the last.
    http://www.geocities.com/Strangers_With_Candy_swc/IWantCandy.html
  • Unfortunately, I don't have easy access to Comedy Central any more so the updates to my "Episode Guide" pages will probably take longer. I've always tried to have them up by the Tuesday morning after each new episode airs but, alas, this is no longer possible. Rumor has it that my apartment building will soon be getting a new cable system, one that DOES carry Comedy Central, so hopefully this problem will be remedied in the near future. "Thanks" to all of you who have written and expressed your concern.

  • Liz Fagan in "Yes You Can't"


    Maria Thayer and Jack Ferver


    Paul Dinello, sporting the growing sore


    Greg Hollimon and his new mustache


    Frequent SWC director, Peter Lauer
    7/20/00 - Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures that were sent to me by Liz Fagan (right) who is a regularly featured extra on the show. Her brother Matt Fagan is better known to fans as "Spiro". See the TRIVIA section of my "A Price Too High For Riches" synopsis to learn about her other family members who have appeared on the show.

    Matt Fagan, aka "Spiro"
  • 6/23/00 - I just received an email from a fan in Australia!!!  I think that this is the farthest land from which I've received a "Strangers With Candy" related email. I don't think that Japan is farther from me because it's on the same latitude as Washington, D.C.
  • 6/23/00 - Michael Alarcon of Synge.com wrote to me to notify me of his recent interview with Amy.   Click here to read it.
  • 6/14/00 - Some of the insights from the online chat:
    • Guest stars in upcoming episodes: Will Ferrell, David Cross, Tom Everett Scott
    • Dream guests: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Johnny Depp, John Waters
    • Flatpoint is 20 miles west of Carlot
    • Amy Sedaris and her brother David developed the Jerri character about 10 years ago. The character evolved further after Paul Dinello found a documentary about a 46 year old former junkie whore who toured high schools as a motivational speaker.
    • Amy, Paul, and Stephen Colbert have known each other for about 12 years.
    • They have talked a lot about making a "Strangers With Candy" feature film.
    • A scene that hasn't been aired consisted of a Noblet/Jellineck sexual role-playing fantasy in which their cars collide. They each have their sons with them.
    • Inspirations for the show, besides the Afterschool Specials, are "My So-Called Life" and movies on LIFETIME (Amy LOVES those).
    • It usually takes five days, working 14 to 17 hours each day, to film an episode.
    • Favorite episodes:
    • Comic Inspirations: Ernie Kovacs, Peter Sellers, Steve Martin, Buster Keaton, "SCTV", "Saturday Night Live", "Monty Python"
  • [Web Surfing] 6/12/00 - Tonight is the online chat with the cast of SWC at Comedy Central's website. They've also posted the 6 Jerri Blank "Indecision 2000" election promos on their "Downloads" page.
  • [On The Air] 5/25/00 - Amy was interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air" show at 12:06pm. Amy gave a brief outline of some upcoming Season Three episode storylines:
    -- Jerri finds out she was adopted and is actually a Shingo Beak Indian.
    -- Jerri finds out that Sara's lover has mental illness.
    -- Jerri gets an STD and must tell ALL of her recent partners.
    -- Musical episode about homosexuality.
  • 5/15/00 - Amy was a presenter at the 45th Village Voice OBIE Awards ceremony at Webster Hall. (see pix, right)
  • 5/14/00 - Bebe Neuwirth hosted the ceremony for the 45th Annual Drama Desk Awards telecast at Lincoln Center's F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall. The Award for "Outstanding Featured Actress (Play)" (Amy's category) went to Marylouise Burke for her role in Fuddy Meers.
  • 5/8/00 - Recent Additions/Updates to my SWC pages:
    ~ I've added an Awards page with my picks for favorite this and favorite that.
    ~ The interview that Amy Sedaris conducted with Janeane Garofalo for A&F Quarterly.
    ~ Rex Doane's interview with Amy from Salon.com.
    ~ There are reviews.
    ~ There are SWC sounds on the "Multimedia" page.
    ~ There's an "Artistic Creations" page featuring the work of Jersey Joe.
    ~ The "Original Story Ideas" page is updated pretty frequently.
    ~ I've added a "Final Exam" for experts, too...
  • 4/25/00 - "CONGRATULATIONS, AMY!!!"
    Amy Sedaris has been nominated for a 2000 Drama Desk Award for "OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS (PLAY)" for her show-stealing portrayal of Froggy in Douglas Carter Beane's The Country Club. Here are the other nominees in this category:
    Jillian Armenante (The Cider House Rules, Part One: Here in St. Cloud)
    Marylouise Burke (Fuddy Meers)
    Seana Kofoed (An Experiment with an Air Pump)
    Chiara Mangiameli (The Time of the Cuckoo)
    Phyllis Newman (The Moment When)
    Amy Sedaris (The Country Club)
    The Awards Ceremony will be held on May 14, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. The reception (9:00-11:00pm) will be televised live from the FH LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.

  • 4/7/00 - Stephen Colbert (Noblet) called me and said that new episodes should begin airing June 19th. They'll show the last three episodes from the Second Season first, then air the new Third Season episodes.
  • [On the Tube] 3/23/00 - Amy appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". She did a little bit of Piglet, her crude 16-year-old Southern-redneck-girl character. She also "brought clips": Amy backstage arguing on the phone with her ex-boyfriend (who recently dumped her) and then being comforted by WWF wrestler Paul "Big Show" Wight; Amy feeding Conan one of her homemade cheeseballs; and a clip from the future when she will return to the Conan show and talk about these clips (Conan has a beard in the "future" and Amy has big hair).

    Click here to see pictures of Amy's appearance on "Late Night"
  • 3/15/00 - PETA puts out a press release for their new ad featuring Amy as Jerri.
  • 3/10/00 - I had a nice visit with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello in their Greenwich Village office. The big news was that the show has been picked up by Comedy Central for 13 more episodes which will begin airing in July of 2000. Paul also told me that they may air the last 2 episodes (2-09 & 2-10) from this round to kick off the new batch in July. He also told me that they liked the story in episode 2-08 (about Jerri being drawn into a love cult) so much that they decided to make it a two-parter. Apparently, according to Comedy Central's schedule, episode 2-09 will not follow right after 2-08 (which is set to air on 3/27) so they're probably going to use it like a cliffhanger (shades of "Dynasty"). It'll kick off the new episodes just as Paul suspected.

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