Meet David Sedaris

From Carnegie Hall to the BBC Radio Theatre - American humourist David Sedaris reads from his extensive collection of published stories and articles.

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01Kookabura; With A Pal Like This...2010042320150308 (BBC7)

From Carnegie Hall to the BBC Radio Theatre - American humourist David Sedaris reads from his extensive collection of published stories and articles.

"Kookabura", and "With a Pal Like This...."

The producer is Steve Doherty.

This is a Boomerang Plus production for BBC Radio 4.

0101Six To Eight Black Men; Just A Quick Email2010040220110422
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From Carnegie Hall to the BBC Radio Theatre - American humorist David Sedaris reads from his extensive collection of published stories and articles.

Christmas traditions in the Netherlands attract David's attention in 'Six to Eight Black Men'; some guilty secrets are revealed in Just a Quick Email and we also hear selected extracts from his diary.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

The American humourist reads from his extensive collection, including some guilty secrets.

In show 1 of 4: "6 to 8 Black Men", "Diary Fragments" and "Just a Quick Email".

The producer is Steve Doherty, and the programme is a Boomerang Plus production for BBC Radio 4.

David compares European Christmas traditions and the latest in 'gentlemen's accessories'.

In show 1 of 4: 6 to 8 Black Men", "Diary Fragments" and "Just a Quick Email".

0102Let It Snow; The Cat And The Baboon; Keeping Up2010040920110415
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From Carnegie Hall to the BBC Radio Theatre - American humorist David Sedaris reads from his extensive collection of published stories and articles. In show 2 of 4: "Let It Snow", "The Cat and the Baboon" and "Keeping Up".

The producer is Steve Doherty, and this is a Boomerang Plus production for BBC Radio 4.

Memories of a snowy childhood and the experience of being in a long-term relationship.

In show 2 of 4: "Let It Snow", "The Cat and the Baboon" and "Keeping Up".

In show 2 of 4: "Let It Snow", "The Cat and the Baboon" and "Keeping Up".

0103Picapocketoni; I'll Eat What He's Wearing2010041620110615
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From Carnegie Hall to the BBC Radio Theatre - American humourist David Sedaris reads from his extensive collection of published stories and articles. In show 3 of 4: "Picapocketoni" and "I'll Eat What He's Wearing".

The producer is Steve Doherty. This is a Boomerang Plus production for BBC Radio 4.

The American humorist gives his unique perspective on life in London, Paris and New York.

In show 3 of 4: "Picapocketoni" and "I'll Eat What He's Wearing".

In show 3 of 4: "Picapocketoni" and "I'll Eat What He's Wearing".

The producer is Steve Doherty.

This is a Boomerang Plus production for BBC Radio 4.

US humorist David Sedaris reads his essays Picapocketoni and I'll Eat What He's Wearing.

0104 LASTKookabura; With A Pal Like This2010042320110622
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US humorist David Sedaris reads his comic stories to an appreciative UK audience.

"Kookabura", and "With a Pal Like This...."

The producer is Steve Doherty.

This is a Boomerang Plus production for BBC Radio 4.

"Kookabura", and "With a Pal Like This...."

David Sedaris reads his essays reads his essays Kookabura and With a Pal Like This."

0201The Incomplete Quad - The Squirrel And The Chipmunk2011061320110614
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a second series of audience readings. This week a memoir of one nefarious summer while studying at college: "The Incomplete Quad" and a modern take on the anthropomorphic fable in: "The Squirrel and The Chipmunk".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

This week a memoir of one nefarious summer while studying at college: "The Incomplete Quad" and a modern take on the anthropomorphic fable in: "The Squirrel and The Chipmunk"

0202Me Talk Pretty One Day - It's Catching2011062020110621
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings. This week the perils of an American learning French in Paris in "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and an essay dealing with a friend's concern for cleanliness; "It's Catching".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings. This week the perils of an American learning French in Paris in "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and an essay dealing with a friend's concern for cleanliness; "It's Catching".

'Me Talk Pretty One Day' and 'It's Catching'.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings.

This week the perils of an American learning French in Paris in "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and an essay dealing with a friend's concern for cleanliness; "It's Catching".

0203Nuit Of The Living Dead - The End Of The Affair2011062720110628
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings. This week: what not to do with a mouse, in front of strangers in "Nuit of the Living Dead" and the ups and downs of along term relationship get the Sedaris treatment in "The End of the Affair"

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings. This week: what not to do with a mouse, in front of strangers in "Nuit of the Living Dead" and the ups and downs of along term relationship get the Sedaris treatment in "The End of the Affair"

What not to do with a mouse and the ups and downs of a long-term relationship.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings.

This week: what not to do with a mouse, in front of strangers in "Nuit of the Living Dead" and the ups and downs of along term relationship get the Sedaris treatment in "The End of the Affair"

'Nuit of the Living Dead' and 'The End of the Affair'.

0204Us And Them - Selected Diary Extracts2011070420110705
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings. This week, we learn no two families are ever alike in "Us and Them" and we get a peep into the caustic mind of the author when he reads selections from his extensive diaries.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings. This week, we learn no two families are ever alike in "Us and Them" and we get a peep into the caustic mind of the author when he reads selections from his extensive diaries.

How no two families are ever alike, and a peep into the caustic mind of the author.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a series of audience readings.

This week, we learn no two families are ever alike in "Us and Them" and we get a peep into the caustic mind of the author when he reads selections from his extensive diaries.

'Us and Them' and selected diary extracts.

0205Memento Mori - The Motherless Bear2011071120110712
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a second series of audience readings. This week: The consequences of buying your partner an antique skeleton in "Memento Mori" and a dark fable about mourning: "The Motherless Bear".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a second series of audience readings. This week: The consequences of buying your partner an antique skeleton in "Memento Mori" and a dark fable about mourning: "The Motherless Bear".

The consequences of buying your partner an antique skeleton, and a dark fable on mourning.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a second series of audience readings.

This week: The consequences of buying your partner an antique skeleton in "Memento Mori" and a dark fable about mourning: "The Motherless Bear".

David reads the stories Memento Mori and Motherless Bear.

Memento Mori and Motherless Bear.

0206 LASTThe Ship Shape - Make That A Double2011071820110719
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4, concluding his second series of audience readings. This week some serious thought is put into buying a holiday home in 'The Ship Shape' and the complexities of gender assignment when learning French in 'Make That a Double'.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

This week some serious thought is put into buying a holiday home.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 for a second series of audience readings.

This week some serious thought is put into buying a holiday home in 'The Ship Shape' and the complexities of gender assignment when learning French in 'Make That a Double'.

The Ship Shape and Make That a Double.

0301Attaboy - In The Waiting Room2012093020130725
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The multi-award winning American essayist, David Seadris, brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with a series of audience readings.

Episode 1 (of 6):

This week childhood discipline in the Sedaris household is recalled in "Attaboy" and the perils of agreeing without understanding in a foreign country are examined in "In The Waiting Room".

Produced by Steve Doherty

A Boomerang Production for BBC Radio 4.

Recalling his childhood discipline, and the perils of agreeing without understanding.

The multi-award winning American essayist, David Sedaris, brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with a series of audience readings.

0302Author, Author - Front Row Centre With Thaddeus Bristol2012100720130801
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with a series of audience readings.

This week David gives his observations of life as an author on tour in "Author, Author", makes a satirical swipe at critics in "Front Row Centre with Thaddeus Bristol", and reads some extracts from his diaries.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boom Pictures Cymru production for BBC Radio 4.

The multi-award winning American essayist with more of his wit and charm in a series of audience readings.

This week includes his observations of life as an author on tour in "Author, Author", a satirical swipe at critics in "Front Row Centre with Thaddeus Bristol" and some extracts from his diaries.

A Boomerang Production for BBC Radio 4.

Series of readings by the American essayist.

The American essayist's musing on life as an author and a satirical swipe at critics.

0303Memory Lapse - If I Ruled The World2012101420130808
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Childhood memories of competitive parenting and imagining life as ruler of the world.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with a series of audience readings. This week, the stories include childhood memories of competitive parenting in "Memory Lapse", and a character monologue imagining what life would be like "If I Ruled The World!"

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boom Pictures Cymru production for BBC Radio 4.

This week, childhood memories of competitive parenting in "Memory Lapse" and a character monologue imagining what life would be like "If I Ruled The World!".

0304Put A Lid On It2012102120130815
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The multi-award winning American essayist brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with a series of audience readings. This week we encounter his sister, Tiffany, in a story called "Put A Lid On It" and hear some more extracts from his diaries.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boom Pictures Cymru production for BBC Radio 4.

Featuring a story involving his sister Tiffany and some more diary extracts.

The multi-award winning American essayist with more of his wit and charm in a series of audience readings. This week we encounter his sister, Tiffany, in a story called "Put A Lid On It" and hear some more extracts from his diaries.

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

0305Easy Tiger - Possession2012102820130822
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The perils of learning a language by audio tape and crossing the line in property desire.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with a series of audience readings. This week the perils of learning a foreign language by audio tape in "Easy Tiger" and when crossing the line in property desire in "Possession".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boom Pictures Cymru production for BBC Radio 4.

The multi-award winning American essayist with more of his wit and charm in a series of audience readings. This week the perils of learning a foreign language by audio tape in "Easy Tiger" and crossing the line in property desire in "Possession".

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

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The multi-award winning American essayist brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with the final edition in a series of audience readings. This week moving to the British countryside has its downsides exposed in "Rubbish" and the eye-opening experience of learning French at a Paris language school is considered in "Jesus Shaves".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boom Pictures Cymru production for BBC Radio 4.

0306 LASTRubbish - Jesus Shaves2012110420130829
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The downsides of moving to the British countryside, and learning French in Paris.

The multi-award winning American essayist brings more of his wit and charm to BBC Radio 4 with the final edition in a series of audience readings. This week moving to the British countryside has its downsides exposed in "Rubbish" and the eye-opening experience of learning French at a Paris language school is considered in "Jesus Shaves".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Boom Pictures Cymru production for BBC Radio 4.

The multi-award winning American with more of his wit and charm in the final edition of this series of audience readings. This week moving to the British countryside has its downsides exposed in "Rubbish" and David recounts the eye-opening experience of learning French at a Paris language school in "Jesus Shaves".

A Boomerang production for BBC Radio 4.

0401The Happy Place - The Shadow Of Your Smile2013120120140805
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The ups and downs of a colonoscopy, and how the right lighting can make us all look good.

One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

There are two stories, this week: "The Happy Place", dealing with the ups and downs of a colonoscopy; and "The Shadow of Your Smile", about how the right lighting can make us all look good.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0402Repeat After Me2013120820140812
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One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, a story dealing with the guilt he sometimes feels as a result of writing stories about his family in "Repeat After Me" and some more extracts from his hilarious diary.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

David expounds on the guilt he feels as a result of writing stories about his family.

0403#2 To Go - Innocents Abroad2013121520140819
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A trip to China does not work out well for David, especially on the food front.

One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, in "#2 to Go", a trip to China does not work out well for David - especially on the food front.

The second story is called "Innocents Abroad" and tackles the tricky tightrope of "going native" when learning a foreign language.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0404Company Man - Diary Extracts2013122220140826
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The pros and cons of being grown up enough to have a guest room.

One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, the pros and cons of being grown up enough to have a guest room in "Company Man", and some more extracts from his hilarious diary, which he has kept nightly for over 30 years.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0405English Lesson - Understanding Understanding Owls2013122920140902
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David muses on his native tongue as a foreign language and the trouble taxidermy can bring

One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, he considers his native tongue as if it were a foreign language in "English Lesson" and the trouble that taxidermy can bring in "Understanding Understanding Owls".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0406 LASTThe Sea Section - Dog Days2014010520140909
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David deals with family tragedy and presents some comic verse about our canine friends.

One of the world's best storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4.

This week, dealing with family tragedy in "The Sea Section" and some comic verse about our canine friends in "Dog Days".

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0501The Understudy, Big Boy2015073020150806 (BBC7)
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A tale of questionable childcare from the child's point of view.

One of the world's best storytellers, back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

There are two stories, this week:

The Understudy sees some questionable childcare from the child's point of view, and Big Boy is about a problem many of us have faced when one flush just isn't enough.

And there are some extracts from David's unique diary.

Produced by Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0502Stepping Out; The Vigilant Rabbit2015080620150814 (BBC7)

One of the world's best storytellers, back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week:

how a quest for fitness can become an obsession in "Stepping Out";

an anthropomorphic tale of over zealous security in "The Vigilant Rabbit";

and some questions from the studio audience.

Producer: Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0503Leviathan2015081320150820 (BBC7)
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A family Thanksgiving gathering at the seaside and another instalment from David's diary.

One of the world's funniest storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best. This week: Leviathan deals with a family gathering for Thanksgiving at the seaside and there's another instalment from his diary (3/6)

Produced by Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0504Little Guy, The Ones That Got Away, Now Hiring Friendly People2015082020150827 (BBC7)
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Reflections on being small, and a question to his boyfriend leads to a surprising answer.

One of the world's finest storytellers, back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, there are reflections on being small in Little Guy, fulmination in the coffee queue in Now Hiring Friendly People, and an off the cuff question to David's boyfriend leads to a surprising answer in The Ones That Got Away. There are also some more questions from the audience.

Produced by Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

0505Calypso; Follow Me2015082720150903 (BBC7)
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Including a reflection on selfie culture and a final extract from David's diaries.

One of the world's best storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week: the story of an unorthodox minor operation in Calypso, a reflection on selfie culture in Follow Me and a final extract from his diaries (5/6)

Produced by Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.

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Including a tale about how turtles have featured in the writer's life since childhood.

One of the world's best storytellers is back on BBC Radio 4 doing what he does best.

This week, we find how turtles have featured in the writer's life since childhood in Loggerheads and we hear a final extract from his peerless diaries.

Produced by Steve Doherty

A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.