Conversation Photographs by TODD OLDHAM
Amy Sedaris describes her childhood home in Raleigh, North Carolina—a home that her father designed and built—as “clutter meets hoarders meets Sanford & Son meets The Munsters. When things broke down, they were rigged, never fully repaired. But I think that is why everyone in my family is good at coming up with quick, creative solutions.” That creativity has served her well: after performing in plays throughout junior high and high school, as well as appearing in numerous talent shows, Amy moved to Chicago to study improvisation at the famed Second City. She later landed in New York City, where she broke into the television industry; one of her most memorable characters is Jerri Blank from the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy. More recently, she guest-starred on The Good Wife, Raising Hope, and Hot in Cleveland. And on the big screen, she lent her voice to the character of Jill in Puss in Boots. The actress and comedian—who is also a playwright (she’s written several plays with her brother David) and author (she penned I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People)—shares a one-bedroom co-op with Dusty, a Rex rabbit. “I like for things to look like they’re going to come alive at night,” she says of her interior style. “I like odd scale. I love decorative painting, props, and saturated colors.” Among the more offbeat objects in her apartment are a lampshade adorned with hair-color swatches, an assortment of plaster meats, a papier-mâché ax, and 60 wooden bats by artist Brock Shorno. Amy has dubbed her aesthetic as “collectic,” adding: “Everything out is very special to me and has its own story to tell.”
Published on Apr 24, 2012
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