David Sedaris

1956 - Today

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David Raymond Sedaris (; born December 26, 1956) is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "Santaland Diaries". He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Sedaris has received more than 5,336,618 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). David Sedaris is the 6,622nd most popular writer (down from 6,093rd in 2019), the 13,017th most popular biography from United States (down from 12,817th in 2019) and the 949th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.3M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 39.67

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 20

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.50

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.90

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Section 8, essays, American Humorous stories
David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother’s wedding. He mops his sister’s floor. He gives directions to a lost traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn’t it? In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives — a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.
Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris, teens, teenagers
A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of “Naked”, presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. **You Can't Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang** to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.
Social life and customs, Humor, Humorists, American
Naked, published in 1997, is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book details Sedaris’ life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to his booze-and-drug-ridden college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult.
Holidays on Ice
American Christmas stories, American Humorous stories, Christmas stories, American
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
social life and customs, Manners and customs, essays
"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" *(Seattle Times).* Table of Contents: It’s Catching Keeping Up The Understudy This Old House Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie? Road Trips What I Learned That’s Amore The Monster Mash In the Waiting Room Solutions to Saturday’s Puzzle Adult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete Toadstool Memento Mori All the Beauty You Will Ever Need Town and Country Aerial The Man in the Hut Of Mice and Men April in Paris Crybaby Old Faithful The Smoking Section
Barrel Fever
short stories, Humor (Nonfiction), Nonfiction
In David Sedaris’ world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris’ collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves. David Sedaris made his debut on NPR’s Morning Edition with “SantaLand Diaries”, recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy’s, and soon became one of the show’s most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen. ([source][1]) [1]: https://www.davidsedarisbooks.com/titles/david-sedaris/barrel-fever/9780316031653/ Parade -- Music for lovers -- The last you'll hear from me -- My manuscript -- Firestone -- We get along -- Glen's homophobia newsletter vol. 3, no. 2 -- Don's story -- Season's greeting to our friends and family!!! -- Jamboree -- After Malison -- Barrel fever -- Diary of a smoker -- Giantess -- The curly kind -- SantaLand diaries.

Page views of David Sedarises by language

Over the past year David Sedaris has had the most page views in the with 523,548 views, followed by German (14,957), and Italian (10,814). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Spanish (407.60%), Simple English (118.13%), and Southern Azerbaijani (100.00%)


Among writers, David Sedaris ranks 6,622 out of 7,302Before him are Nagaru Tanigawa, Ananda Devi, Sui Ishida, Philip Freneau, James Mason, and Andrus Kivirähk. After him are Frederica Sagor Maas, Tor Ulven, Neil Strauss, Mary Russell Mitford, August Wilson, and Jane Smiley.

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Among people born in 1956, David Sedaris ranks 620Before him are Jean-François Lamour, Ace Rusevski, Sergei Borovsky, Jānis Bojārs, Steve Denton, and Erhard Wunderlich. After him are Curtis Brown, Patricia Kalember, Alfredo Tena, Lubomír Zaorálek, Frank Stapleton, and Bernard King.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, David Sedaris ranks 13,017 out of 20,380Before him are Joseph Cedar (1968), Linda Purl (1955), Catherine Burns (1945), Paul Steinhardt (1952), Cliff Barker (1921), and Diedrich Bader (1966). After him are Frederica Sagor Maas (1900), D. B. Sweeney (1961), DJ Shadow (1972), Adrienne Shelly (1966), Lyle Waggoner (1935), and Willye White (1939).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, David Sedaris ranks 949Before him are Ann C. Crispin (1950), Nat Hentoff (1925), John Patrick Shanley (1950), Alan Dundes (1934), Melissa Rosenberg (1962), and Philip Freneau (1752). After him are Frederica Sagor Maas (1900), Neil Strauss (1969), August Wilson (1945), Jane Smiley (1949), Ellen Willis (1941), and Bill Lawrence (1968).