David Sedaris is an American humor writer born in 1956. He is known mostly for his autobiographical essays, which cover a variety of subjects from his childhood and family to his drug-abusing, odd-job-working, performance-art-dabbling-in years to living abroad in France, Japan and the U.K. with his long-time boyfriend, Hugh.

His first mainstream recognition came in 1992 when NPR aired [[http://www.npr.org/2005/12/23/5066175/sedaris-and-crumpet-the-elf-a-holiday-tradition The Santaland Diaries]], his story about working as an elf in a Macy's one Christmastime. Since then he's become one of the most popular humorists writing today, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff including outside the U.S.]], and has published several books.

He is the brother of Creator/AmySedaris and has used recollections of her, quite mercilessly, in his writings. One short story was so [[MuseAbuse near the bone]] it made her cry.

'''His essay collections are:'''

* ''Barrel Fever'' (1994)
* ''Naked'' (1997)
* ''Holidays on Ice'' (1997)
* ''Me Talk Pretty One Day'' (2000)
* ''Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim'' (2004)
* ''When You Are Engulfed in Flames'' (2008)
* ''Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls'' (2013)

Various other essays, diary entries and fictional pieces have been published separately or performed live or for radio.

More recently he's begun writing "fables," stories about {{Funny Animal}}s in mundane human situations, which are collected in ''Literature/SquirrelSeeksChipmunk: A Modest Bestiary'' (2010). He also edited a 2005 short-story anthology called ''Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules''.

He is a frequent contributor to the Public Radio International show ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' and to ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' magazine. Creator/AmySedaris is his sister, and, like the rest of his family, is a character in some of his essays. They've worked together a number of times.
* DarkReprise: "Now We Are Five" is this to "The Ship Shape."
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: He's well known in his native U.S.A., but in the past few years he's gained quite the following in his adopted home in the U.K. too, to the point where he now has a regular series on BBC Radio 4. [[note]]Radio 4 is the country's primary literary/drama/sitcom radio channel, 1-3 being more focused on music, news, and sport. Despite the decline of the popularity of radio in the U.K., it's still a pretty big deal to have a long-running show in an early-evening time-slot that premieres on the main channel rather than its sister channel.[[/note]]
* HarsherInHindsight: Try reading anything he's ever written about Tiffany, especially "Put a Lid On It," after reading "Now We Are Five."
* LeavingFoodForSanta: In "Santaland Diaries", he describes how he, as a Macy's elf, had to go through a routine with a MallSanta where he would find out what kind of cookie each kid was going to leave out and then claim it was Santa's favorite.
-->This afternoon Santa got an Asian child who wasn't familiar with the idea of leaving cookies. Santa asked what she was going to leave him to eat, and she got a puzzled look on her face. He said, "Something round to eat?" and she said, "A potato?"
* WhamEpisode: Several:
** "Ashes": His mother dies of lung cancer.
** "Repeat After Me": The first time he ever talks about the ramifications of writing about his family.
** "The Smoking Section": After spending decades as a pro smoking advocate, he gives up smoking for good.
** "Now We Are Five": Tiffany Sedaris's suicide.