Amy Sedaris on Her New Show, Teaming Up With Stephen Colbert and Dealing With Unwanted Guests

Amy Sedaris on Her New Show, Teaming Up With Stephen Colbert and Dealing With Unwanted Guests
From TIME - October 24, 2017

Amy Sedaris' madcap new comedy show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, welcomes you and guest stars like Nick Kroll and Rachel Dratch to a surreal world where potato snacks need a lot of glue and most things are better with shrimp.

Best known as Jerri Blank from Stranger With Candy, the comedian has recently appeared on shows like Broad City and Bojack Horseman. But now she's finally the star of the show her brain was always wired for. The eternal Girl Scout who wrote funny homemaking books like Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People and I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence created this series with Paul Dinello, who worked on Strangers. So she brings her authentic love of cooking and crafting to plenty of absurd ideas you should not try at home.

TIME talked to Sedaris about why this was the decidedly un-precious show she thought was missing, the enduring appeal of Jerri Blank and partnering up with her old co-star Stephen Colbert.

TIME: Be honest. Did you just do this show because you needed to get the word out about why we should put shrimp on more things?

Yes! That was why. And I really am allergic to fish. When I had an allergic reaction, it was the funniest thing Ive ever seen. My face blew up and when I put baby powder on top of it , it was extra funny. I always knew I needed to do something with shellfish, and Im so glad we got it in.

The direction the show goes is really surprising. How did some of the funniest ideas come about?

A lot of the most surreal things came from Paul Dinello's mind, and all of us trying to make each other laugh. And the humor comes from knowing a little bit about what Im talking about with crafting and cooking.

You really live for this homemaking stuff, but this show seems to subvert the idealized home concepts we are used to. Why do we need that now?

So I dont really watch the shows that are out there now. I saw Barefoot Contesssa for the first time, and Ive done Martha Stewarts show. I just dont relate to those shows though. I dont have the gadgets or the counter space. Sometimes theyre things no one makes, and I cant afford half the ingredients. I felt outside of them. I didnt feel like there was a show out there for people who dont have the skills. Im the one gluing googly eyes on a pine cones like a Girl Scout. I like more folk art type things. Thats what appeals to me.

What do you make of the popularity of aspirational lifestyle sites like GOOP?

When its that expensive, its just what those people can afford. I like Milk of Magnesia and home remedies that really work. Even in school, I never wanted the designer thing. I wanted the knockoff. I didnt care what everybody else had, and I still feel that way. Im simple.

Women on both cooking and comedy shows are so often the matriarch. You play a singleand sexually activehost. Was that important to you?

Thats so interesting. It was always important that with any part that I played, I never wanted to be in a relationship. Even at Second City, people wanted to do a scene in a bridal shop or on a date. I was like, what? I just dont like that kinda stuff. I dont want to have a husband! Why do I have to have a husband? Maybe its because Im not married. I just wanted it to be about me. That way, you can sleep with all kinds of people, as I end up doing in the show.


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