Creator / Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris (born March 29, 1961) is an actress and comedian, best known as Jerri Blank on the cult TV series Strangers with Candy. She has also written a book called I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.

She is the younger sister of the humorist and This American Life contributor David Sedaris. Despite being the Butt-Monkey in several of his tales of the Sedaris family, they are said to be very close friends as adults; they're certainly close enough to write plays together as "The Talent Family".

This actress provides examples of:

  • Beauty Inversion: Sedaris wanted to avert Hollywood Homely for her character in Strangers With Candy, so she made the character into The Grotesque.
  • Irony: She is currently appearing in a TV advert for a washing machine additive, and is dressed as the perfect Stepford Wife in fifties clothes and hairdo. It is obvious she's exaggerating the stereotype for laughs; and the pose becomes hilarious when you discover she is also Jeri Blank...note 
  • Older Than They Look
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She stands at only five feet tall.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Averted- Even though she's one of the best living arguments against the whole "Women can't be funny or strong" claim, she's often seen dressed like a Fairy Princess Homemaker.
  • Refuge in Audacity: If you've seen her show, you know what we're talking about.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred