Monday, April 18, 2005
Bringin' the chaos
The Henslies got us tickets to see David Sedaris in Kalamazoo this weekend so we took the train up and had yummy homemade gnocchi (sometimes pronounced "no-key") before the show and Ruby made up a great song about the universe and also some kick-ass rap - "I will bring the chaos to your a-oss." Sedaris was great but I'm trying to pinpoint exactly what his appeal is - so I can copy it and enjoy the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed. He's so funny - maybe not as funny as the lady behind us seemed to think (who gave a loud "whoo-hoooo!" once a clause, just about), but very funny, and raunchy (he read one story about a trip that started with an older Ralph Lauren-looking couple on the plane whose every other word was fuck or shit, had a taxi driver of some unspecified foreign land who asked if David liked the "fucky-fuck" or if "his dick does not stand up", and ended at his sister's apartment looking at a magazine of Swedish women masturbating a horse. (About which he said, "It was just one of those great days.") Part of what makes him funny is that he has a certain innocence about him, like no matter how many times he comes across stuff like this, he's still amazed. Mostly though, I really think it's just because he's so damn cute. When we left the theater Ben and I were standing outside for a second and Ben said "Hey, there's David Sedaris," and I said, "Where?" looking all around me, pretty much everywhere except six inches in front of my face, where Sedaris was standing. But I didn't say anything, 'cause I would have felt like a total dork. He's that cute.