[On The Tube] 12/31/03 - Amy rings in the New Year, with young animal expert Jarod Miller and musical guest Moby, on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". She feeds a banana to a slow loris, drops a baby snapping turtle into Jarod Miller's crotch, is terrorized by a coati mundi running amok, and makes nicey-nice with a baby lion. Thanks to Tracey McCartney, webmistress of amysedaris.com, for the info.
[On Stage] 12/15/03 - Drama Dept. presents Jackie Hoffman's Hanukkah, featuring Jackie's Book of Liz co-star David Rakoff, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NY).
[On The Big Screen, On The Tube, and On Stage] October/November 2003 - Perhaps Richard Kind may need to usurp Howard Stern's moniker as "King of All Media". He has a small role in the wonderful new film The Station Agent, appeared in the October 17th episode of the NBC show "Miss Match", and stars in the Kennedy Center's production of Stephen Sondheim's first new musical in nine years, Bounce, from October 21st to November 16th.
[On The Tube] 11/9/03 - Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) appears on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as Claire Brody in the episode entitled "A Murderer Among Us".
[On The Tube] 11/2/03 - Tonight is the premiere of "Arrested Development" on FOX. This promising new sitcom stars Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, and David Cross (Dr. Trepanning, "Is My Daddy Crazy?") as a VERY dysfunctional family.
11/2/03 - Amy Sedaris appears at the New York premiere of her new movie Elf.
[Check Your Local Newsstand] 10/25/03 - The "Cheers and Jeers" section of the latest issue of TV Guide gives "Cheers" to Amy Sedaris for her entertaining talk show appearances. Thanks to Albert Pellecchia for the info.
"Cheers to the perfect guest: actress Amy Sedaris, whose frequent appearances on "The Late Show With David Letterman" are everything a talk-show visit should be -- smart banter that's so funny even Letterman seems impressed. And that's not easy."
10/21/03 - Release date for the Hedwig and the Angry Inch-themed
charity album, to benefit the Hetrick Martin Institute's Harvey Milk School in New York. The album features a piece by Stephen Colbert and is available from Off Records. Here's the current lineup of performers and their chosen songs:
Frank Black (Sugar Daddy)
The Breeders (Wicked Little Town-Hedwig Version)
Stephen Colbert (Ladies & Gentlemen)
Robyn Hitchcock (a Hedwig-inspired original called City of Women)
Imperial Teen (Freaks)
Ben Kweller, Ben Folds, and Ben Lee (Wicked Little Town-Tommy Version)
Cyndi Lauper, The Minus 5, and students of the Harvey Milk School (Midnight Radio)
John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask (a NEW song called Milford Lake)
Bob Mould (Nailed)
Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo (Hedwig's Lament/Exquisite Corpse)
Polyphonic Spree (Wig in a Box)
Jonathan Richman (Origin of Love-Reprise)
Sleater-Kinney & Fred Schneider of the B-52s (Angry Inch)
Spoon (Tear Me Down)
They Might Be Giants (The Long Grift)
Rufus Wainwright (Origin of Love)
Emily Hubley (the animator from Hedwig) will be designing the cover art with students from the Harvey Milk School. Also Rainlake Productions NYC (they are involved with the PBS gay news program "In The Life") are also creating a documentary on the Harvey Milk School, the Hedwig phenomenon and the artists involved making the record. Stephen was also filmed for this project as well. Thanks to Chris Slusarenko of Off Records for the info.
[On The Tube] 10/8/03 - Amy Sedaris makes a last-minute appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman". She teased Dave about being pregnant with his baby and pretended it was kicking, offered her services as "Nanny to the Stars", and showed a clip of her entire School of Rock performance.
9/29/03 - Amy Sedaris appears at the Celebrity Charades charity event to benefit the LAByrinth Theatre Company, an event presented by Gotham and LA Confidential magazine. Other stars in attendance at the Daryl Roth Theater include: Edward Norton, Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Ethan Hawke, Annabella Sciorra, Sam Rockwell, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, and Sedaris pals Justin Theroux, Philip Seymour Hoffman (an LAB directors), and Kristen Johnston. The LAB troupe will also present Madonna with the inaugural Dave Hoghe Award for "her artistic courage and outstanding dedication to LAByrinth Theatre Company." The songstress helped LAByrinth bring its production of 'Jesus Hopped the A Train' to London's West End in 2002.
[On The Tube] 9/26/03 - Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) appears in the series premiere episode of NBC's "Miss Match" as a young former fattie named Chelsea who is asked by her fiancé to sign a prenuptial agreement that has a weight-gain clause.
[On The Big Screen] 9/24/03 - Amy Sedaris has a "blink-and-you-miss-it" appearance in the Jack Black film School of Rock. Her character, Mrs. Haynish, runs down a hallway in one scene screaming, "Where did they go? Help! Children?!" Perhaps the rest of her cut scene will appear on the DVD.
[He was robbed!!!] 9/21/03 - The writing staff from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was awarded an Emmy Award, but unfortunately, due to a Writers Guild technicality, Stephen Colbert couldn't be included among the nominees. He still joined the team onstage as they accepted their awards, and Jon Stewart graciously acknowledged Stephen's important contributions to the show.
9/21/03 - Amy Sedaris will be at the Rabbit Care Conference in New Rochelle, NY. She'll be selling her famous cupcakes to benefit the House Rabbit Society's Rabbit Rescue & Rehab.
9/18/03 - Amy Sedaris appears at the New York premiere of the Drew Barrymore/Ben Stiller dark comedy, Duplex.
Sundays in September/October 2003 - Jack Ferver (Jimmy Tickles) appears onstage in "The Dilemma of Drugs" at Fez in NYC.
8/27-9/14/03 - The Signature Theatre presents Nijinsky’s Last Dance starring Jeremy Davidson (Drake Rogers, "The Virgin Jerri") at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. This one-man play by Norman Allen was the winner of four 1999 Helen Hayes Awards (Outstanding Play, Director of a Play, Lighting Design, and Sound Design) and tells the tale of legendary but ill-fated dancer Vaslav Nijinsky through a monologue that describes his life in a series of flashbacks and impersonations. Davidson reprises the 1998 starring role that earned him a much-deserved Helen Hayes Award nomination. I saw the September 10, 2003 performance and was awestruck by Jeremy's powerful portrayal. I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting him after the show and was able to compliment him, talk a little bit about Strangers, get an autograph, and snap this picture. Jeremy said that the SWC folks had contacted him about making a second appearance on the show, presumable as Drake, if there had been a fourth season. Too bad he never got that chance.
[Check Your Local Newsstand]
Fall 2003 - Amy Sedaris, her rabbit Dusty, and their kitschy Greenwich Village home are featured in a 24-page spread in Nest magazine. Read it » here «.
[On The Big Screen] 8/1/03 - The lovely Deborah Rush (Sara Blank) appears in the third American Pie film, American Wedding, as Mary Flaherty. Alyson Hannigan plays her daughter Michelle and Fred Willard plays her husband Harold.
[On The Tube]
Summer 2003 - Look for Stephen Colbert in a series of commercials for Mr. Goodwrench, and Maria Thayer (Tammi Littlenut) in an ad for Payless shoes.
7/20/03 - Amy Sedaris makes another appearance on HBO's "Sex and the City". Her character, Courtney Masterson, makes some pivotal revelations to Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon).
6/27/03 - The Strangers With Candy DVD is now at # 6 on the list of top selling DVD's at amazon. Amy Sedaris told me that if Season One sells well, which it apparently is, there are tentative plans to release Season Two in November. Here are other recent rankings at amazon: # 37 - 6/16 (the day before the release) # 16 - 6/18 # 14 - 6/25 (the day after Amy's Late Night with Conan O'Brien appearance) # 8 - 6/26 I've also received word that perhaps the disc has been selling way beyond expectations. Apparently, Strangers With Candy's selling power was underestimated because not enough copies of the DVD were made for the retail market. Many outlets have had to wait a month for stock due to the shortage. Thanks to Raff Hall at Amoeba Music for this info.
6/25/03 - Amy Sedaris attended the New York premiere of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle with her friend Justin Theroux, who appears in the film.
6/18/03 - Amy Sedaris appeared in New York at the premiere of the sixth and final season of "Sex and the City". She can be seen below with SATC star Sarah Jessica Parker and former "Third Rock From the Sun" glamazon, Kristen Johnston.
6/17/03 - Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, and Amy Sedaris were at the Best Buy in Chelsea (23rd St. & 6th Ave.) to sign copies of the Strangers With Candy DVD at 7:30pm. Roberto Gari (Guy Blank) was there too. Bonus!!! Thanks to David McDonald for the info.
["Strangers With Candy" Season One DVD Details] The official release date for the Season One DVD will be June 17, 2003. The double disc set of 10 episodes will also include the original unaired pilot. Four of the episodes have commentary by Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris, and Stephen Colbert! There are tentative plans to issue Season Two in November if this first release sells well. So, go buy a copy for $34.97 ($29.99 plus $4.98 S+A) from Comedy
Central, for $28.98 ($24.99 plus $3.99 S+A) at Barnes
& Noble, for $23.98 ($20.99 plus $2.99 S+A) at dvduniverse, or for $22.49 from amazon.com! It looks like Amazon is the best bet, so what are you waiting for!?! (Also, shipping is free at Amazon if you spend $25 or more, so pick up a copy of Wigfield, or the Unabridged Audio version of the book to complete your order.) Thanks to Juan Martin del Campo Jr. for the DVD details!
Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello take their Wigfield show on the road to promote their new book. On May 14th, I'll be in the front row when they perform at Symphony Space in New York's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025). Other shows include: May 2, 3 Chicago, New Chicago Center for the Performing Arts May 16, 17 New York, Jane Street Theater May 30, 31 Atlanta, Woodruff Arts Center, 14th Street Playhouse June 6, 7 Washington DC, Marvin Center G.W. Campus June 13, 14 Boston, Sommerville Theatre July 17 - 19 New York, Lucille Lortel Theatre July 30, 31 San Francisco, Post Street Theater August 1, 2 Los Angeles, El Portal Theater
They'll perform vignettes from their long-awaited book, Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not, which is a hilarious illustrated satire of a town in jeopardy and the earnest reporter who hopes to save them from extinction. The story is told in a series of 20 interviews with residents.
5/9/03 - Amy Sedaris appears on "The Caroline Rhea Show" to promote Wigfield. At one point she sported her Girl Scout sash, and at the end of the show she watched bemusedly as Chris Botti enjoyed one of her famous cupcakes.
4/1/03 -- Mitch Rouse's new ABC sitcom, "Lost at Home", premieres tonight at 9:30pm EST. ----------------- Pilot Episode 30 min. Michael Jacobs ("My Two Dads", "Boy Meets World") created this sitcom about a workaholic father trying to reconnect with the family he has long neglected. In the opener, ad-agency superstar Michael Davis (Mitch Rouse) is informed by his wife Rachel (Connie Britton) that he's out of touch with her and their three children -- and that she's in touch with a lawyer. This electrifying news prompts him to find more "family time" to cook breakfast and join them for dinner. And that's when he learns just how much he doesn't know about what's going on with his kids. CAST: Tucker (Aaron Hill), Will (Stark Sands), Joshua (Gavin Fink), Sara (Leah Pipes), Jordan (Gregory Hines)