Stephen Colbert guest stars on At Home with Amy Sedaris. Photo by truTV.
At Home with Amy Sedaris is just two days away! I attended the premiere at the Bowery Hotel in NYC last week, and I can assure you, you’re in for an incredible treat. The show, which is honestly difficult to describe, is like a brilliant mash-up of Martha Stewart on acid and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, with a hefty added dose of whimsy and a homespun feel. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, in the very best way. Fans of Strangers with Candy will rejoice, as tinges of the show are undoubtedly there, from a catatonic pet bird (think Jerri’s catatonic father) to Stephen Colbert’s Noblet-esque guest appearance. The show was co-created by Amy and Paul Dinello, so I was delighted to find that At Home and Strangers share a very similar tone and sense of humor.
The theme of the episode screened at the premiere was gift-giving, and the show was comprised of a few segments revolving around the topic. I don’t want to give too much away, since a lot of the fun with At Home with Amy Sedaris is how each scene is more ridiculous than the last. That said, I found the best part to be the running gag with guest star Nick Kroll as Randy Fingerling, a dirty old fling who tries to seduce Amy with his coupon book for everything under the sun “with full release.”
At Home with Amy Sedaris is everything I wanted it to be, and then some. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages, and exactly what the world needs right now. I laughed so hard, I could barely breathe, and then immediately declared it to be my new all-time favorite show. It’s an insane amount of fun. I had ridiculously high expectations going into the screening, and this series completely blew them out of the water.
We’re just a mere few days away from the premiere of At Home with Amy Sedaris and to kick it off, Amy will finally pay a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday, October 23. YES! You read that right. COLBERT! This appearance is certainly long overdue, but hey, better late than never! Colbert actually guest stars on Amy’s new show, so we Strangers with Candy fans will get a bit of a reunion here. The Late Show airs at 11:35 pm (ET) on CBS, and of course you can catch the premiere of At Home with Amy Sedaris on Tuesday, October 24, at 10:30 pm (ET) on truTV.
Amy is also scheduled to appear on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen this Thursday, October 26, at 11 pm (ET) on Bravo. Good times!
For those of you in the New York area, there are still [FREE!] tickets left for the At Home With Amy Sedaris screening and talk-back at the New York Television Festival on October 23! Tickets and details here.
Check out this fantastic write-up on Bedford + Bowery, At Home With Amy Sedaris Is a Treat For Strangers With Candy Fans, Colbert and All–which includes a recap of the first episode (screened at the Tribeca TV Festival)… It sounds–in the words of Jerri Blank, of course–hilaaaaaaaarious. I am already dying over, “Remember the potato ships from Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People? She makes them again in the premiere, once again klutzing around with fake fingernails and getting glue all over the place.” And, “Don’t worry, Sedaris lets her freak flag fly by playing special guests such as … Patty Hogg, a scrappy Southerner who grills lamb chops in the middle of her country club and takes charge of the show when Sedaris gets depressed about a dead pet.” So good! Head over to the post for more tidbits on the show.
I’m also rolling over this clip from the Tribeca TV Festival, in which Amy explains how she used “the high test” for the writing process.
Amy Sedaris returns to television just one month from today! It’s hard to believe it’s been seventeen years already since Amy has had her own show (Strangers With Candy ended in 2000), but we won’t have to wait much longer! truTV released a new trailer for At Home with Amy Sedaris and it looks BEYOND! This show is going to be out of control. Make sure you’re following the show on Facebook and Instagram for tons of behind-the-scenes and sneak peeks. (Seriously–jump over to those social media accounts for sooooo much fun stuff. That’s why I’ve taken a back seat to posting.)
YES! We finally have a premiere date for Amy’s new homemaking-comedy-variety show, At Home with Amy Sedaris!!! Tuesday, October 24, at 10:30 p.m. on truTV! Season 1 guest stars include Rachel Dratch, Jane Krakowski, Stephen Colbert (so maybe Amy will finally be a guest on his show?), Chris Elliott, Paul Giamatti, David Pasquesi ( Stew the meat man! “Steewww, meeeeat”) and Scott Adsit, among others, and each episode will have a theme, such as gift-giving, cooking for one, wood, the holidays, grieving, love-making, fish and poverty. As if the premiere date announcement wasn’t enough… we have the FIRST CLIP! AHHH! The show is co-created by Amy and Paul Dinello (!), and the first season will include 10 episodes. I’m already crossing my fingers for a second season! Watch Amy and Jane Krakowski sing about the proper use of glue, and just try not to get this stuck in your head…