With the holidays fast approaching, gift giving will soon be at the top of our minds. It’s easy to take the typical gifting route and look to big box stores or online retailers, but when your goal is a present with a lot of heart, look no further than the madcap ideas of comedian and actress Amy Sedaris. With two books under her belt, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People!, Sedaris has carved out an usual niche for herself. But can you really craft and cackle at the same time? Sure you can! And that’s what her new show At Home with Amy Sedaris is all about! We spoke with Sedaris at the show’s red carpet premiere—read our interview below, and make sure to catch up on brand new episodes, Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30c on truTV.
At Home with Amy Sedaris has been in the making for so many years. For fans of your books and fans of Strangers with Candy, what can they expect?
It’s the book come to life, really. And they’ll see some really great actors being really funny! I also think they’ll be visually stimulated by the set—it’s just so beautiful. It’s really… it’s like what the city was to Sex in the City!
Can you tease out a couple of crafts that you’re particularly excited to share?
Well I like the potato ships that I make that have cheese sails. I did the best job possible, so you can really see how much I really don’t know what I’m talking about! I make some castanets, and I make a necklace out of raisins. Yeah that’s right!
Which I don’t recommend.
You also love playing with fashion—when it comes to fashion you have a really unique lens and you always turn it out. How’s that going to be incorporated into the show?
Well there will be lots of handmade outfits on the show. Vicki Ferrell and Adam Selman, who made me this dress, they make a lot of clothes for me. I’m lucky I have good friends I can call and say, “Can you make me a dress by tomorrow?” and they can do it!
So much of the show is a result of Paul (Dinello) and I having been kicking around ideas for 15 years—so it’s really just amazing to have it become a reality!