Seeing a pop-culture icon in the flesh often reduces devoted fans to tears, mainly due to Hollywood's provision that stars wear onion-based deodorant. Whimper with delight with this GrouponLive deal to see author David Sedaris at the Michael Rose Theatre. For $31, you get one G-Pass for seating in the upper orchestra rows S–U on Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. (up to a $60.98 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Best-selling author David Sedaris was discovered in Chicago by This American Life's Ira Glass, who heard Sedaris reading selections from his diary in a club. The passages detailed his time working as an elf in Santa's Village at Macy's in New York, where he told a misbehaving child that "[Santa] no longer traffics in coal. Instead, if you're bad, he comes to your house and steals things."
These excerpts eventually became "The Santaland Diaries," which he recorded for NPR and included in his 1995 collection of essays and stories, Barrel Fever. Sedaris followed up this effort with more hilarious observations and recollections in other books, including Me Talk Pretty One Day. In one essay, he recounts his time spent as an unqualified teacher at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he made his classes watch soap operas and assigned them "guessays" to write about what would happen in the next episodes.
During his live performances, Sedaris reads from a wealth of material that showcases his satirical tone and biting social critique. The show may also include bits from his upcoming book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, a collection of globetrotting essays that explore absurdities around the world, from the bizarre eating habits of the Australian kookaburra to squat-style toilets in Beijing. Sedaris will be on hand afterward to sign fans’ books and cocktail napkins inscribed with their unfinished Great American Novels.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
Michael D. Rose Theatre
Memphis, Tennessee 38152