The New York Times says that "Sedaris is the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock star."
David graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago.
David is an unapologetic smoker. He happily chain smokes and claims that France's relaxed attitude toward smoking was one of the factors in his decision to live there.
Hollywood wanted to adapt David's book (Me Talk Pretty One Day) into a movie. They had already begun casting when David decided to back out of the project. He was afraid of how his family would be portrayed.
David is openly gay and often writes about other's reactions to him.
David Sedaris has been nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best Spoken Word Album -- Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim and Best Comedy Album -- David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall). Both nominations occurred in 2005.
In 2001, David won the Thurber Prize fro American Humor. In that same year, he was named "Humorist of the Year" by Time magazine.
David's younger sister is actress Amy Sedaris.
David (On touring for his books): If I go on this tour and nobody makes a sound throughout the whole story, then I'll probably go backstage afterward and kill myself. I so admire people who can get up and read serious things, because, to me, if the audience isn't making noise, I'm convinced that they're not listening.
David: My family isn't really all that different from anyone else's. Well, maybe they're a bit more entertaining.
David (On Ira Glass of "This American Life"): I owe everything to Ira. My life just changed completely, like someone waved a magic wand.
David (On Being a Humor Writer): People ask me, 'Have you ever considered doing stand-up?' To me it would be less offensive if someone asked me, 'Have you ever considered dental implants?'
David: The humor section is the last place an author wants to be. They put your stuff next to collections of Cathy cartoons.
David: I like to reserve the right to write about whatever I like. Sometimes I have gay characters and sometimes I don't. I think it's harder if you're gay to just be known as a writer instead of being known as a gay writer. But personally I would rather be known as a writer rather than be segregated to that little corner of the bookstore.
David: Sometimes I worry that I never really advanced beyond adolescence. Anything that is grotesque, anything that is scatological -- I'm right there.