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 DeVos Performance Hall on Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $20, you get one G-Pass for rear balcony seating (up to a $40.45 value, including all fees).
- For $24, you get one G-Pass for rear mezzanine or front balcony seating (up to a $48.15 value, including all fees).
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.
DeVos Performance Hall
Renamed DeVos Performance Hall more than a decade ago, the venerable, long-standing venue has hosted appearances by musicians, comedians, and even presidents. Its electric marquee runs a flashy ring around the glass-enclosed lobby, heralding its schedule of high-profile performers. Inside the auditorium, three tiers of seating give even packed audiences a clear view of the stage, and geometric panels direct sound waves and accidentally flung drumsticks into ears.
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.