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By David Sedaris

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Live at Carnegie Hall
By David Sedaris
Read by David Sedaris
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2003)
An Abridged Audio Recording on 1 CD
ISBN: 1586215647
Genre: Non-Fiction, Personal Essays

Reviewed by Herbert White - June 11, 2004

David Sedaris is a playwright and humorist who has published several best-selling collections of essays. On October 22, 2002 he gave a live performance (reading) of his essays at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This CD of the performance contains about 70 minutes of reading and includes such 'hits' as Six to Eight Black Men and Who's the Cat.

David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall not only includes a selection of some of his funniest new essays, but also includes a brief question and answer period with the audience. This is a wickedly funny CD, and the only problem with it having been recorded live is that the recording is accompanied by the background sound of the audience laughing - repeatedly!

The essays read in this collection run the gamut from insights into his try at buying his clothes from the women's department to describing his boss' rubber hand and from the legality of blind hunting in Michigan to using a mobile urinal, euphemistically called the Stadium Pal. This is a bag that he straps to his leg and attaches to his, you know what, via a sort of external catheter, and is used by truckers, sports fans, and others who do not have ready access to a bathroom.

Having listened to some of his studio recorded reading, I have to say that I much prefer his live readings. There is something about standing in front of an audience that seems to give his readings an extra shot of pizzaz and ardor. I also prefer listing to him read his essays, over simply reading them on paper. Sedaris' essays have a poetic quality about them, and this quality is best appreciated upon hearing the text read aloud. Best of all, these essays are just plain, old fashioned, laugh-out-loud funny!

One word of warning. Some of the dialog on this CD is a little raunchy and may not be suitable for some younger listener.

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