Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from busting a gut to splitting your sides to tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain. Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see author David Sedaris at Hoyt Sherman Place. For $29, you get one G-Pass for rear-balcony seating in rows E–M on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $57.40 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 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.
Bestselling 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 latest book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables cast with animal protagonists, such as the cynical cat in "Hello Kitty" who must endure his mandated attendance in post-prison AA meetings.
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.
Hoyt Sherman Place
Hoyt Sherman Place was originally built as the manor of Hoyt Sherman, an influential local politician and brother to General William Tecumseh Sherman. Following his passing in 1904, the building came to house the Des Moines Women’s Club, which hosted such notable speakers as Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, and Grant Wood. The success of the club necessitated the addition of a 1,400-seat theater and the removal of the obsolete 1,399-seat theater. To this day, the theater gleams with early-20th-century opulence, from the sunburst of gilded beams that arc across the ceiling to the rows of nostalgic red seats.