David Sedaris Net Worth

How much is David Sedaris worth?

Net Worth:$10 Million
Profession:Professional Author
Date of Birth:December 26, 1956
Country:United States of America
1.65 m

Who Is David Sedaris

David Sedaris was born on December 26, 1956 in Binghamton, New York. His family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina was he was young. His life in Raleigh has come up many times in his essays and comedy. Sedaris was the second of six children born to Lou and Sharon Sedaris. His sister, Amy Sedaris, is also a famous comedian.

American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor David Sedaris has a net worth of $10 million dollars, as of 2021.

Sedaris attended Western Carolina University and Kent State University, but he dropped out in 1977. He eventually moved to Chicago and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987.

Sedaris on NPR

Sedaris got his big break when radio host Ira Glass heard him reading from his diary at a comedy club in Chicago in the early 1990s. Glass asked Sedaris to appear on his weekly local radio program, The Wild Room. His success on The Wild Room led to an appearance on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition in December 1992. Sedaris read an essay called “Santaland Diaries,” which talked about his experiences working as an elf at Macy’s over the holidays. This essay was such a hit that Sedaris was offered a monthly appearance on NPR and a two book deal with Little, Brown. Sedaris continued to appear regularly on NPR via Glass’ weekly hour-long program, This American Life, which began airing in 1995.

Sedaris’ Books & Writing

Sedaris is best known for nonfiction essays and short stories. In addition to his collections, he has published individual essays in magazines such as The New Yorker and Esquire.

Sedaris’ Books:

  • Barrel Fever (1994) – Sedaris’ first book contained stories and essays.
  • Naked (1997) – This collection of personal essays contains several pieces about Sedaris’ childhood.
  • Holidays on Ice (1997, re-released with new content in 2008)- Holidays on Ice contains “Santaland Diaries,” the essay that Sedaris read on NPR in 1992 and that made him famous. The collection is a combination of personal essays and stories, all holiday themed.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) – Written while Sedaris was living in France, this collection of essays recalls Sedaris’ childhood speech impediment and looks at language usage of all kind.
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004)- Another collection of essays in the voice that Sedaris fans love.
  • Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (editor, 2005) – This is a collection of Seadris’ favorite short stories from authors such as Tobias Wolff and Flannery O’Connor.
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) – This collection of personal essays includes stories from his childhood and post-fame adulthood, including an essay on his attempt to quit smoking as an adult.
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (2010) – This collection uses animal fables to satire modern life.
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls (2013) – This collection of nonfiction essays also includes six satirical monologues in which Sedaris takes on the voices of other characters.

Sedaris has also written several plays with his sister, Amy, under the name “The Talent Family,” including Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob and The Book of Liz.


Humor is a highly individual thing, and what strikes one person as hilarious may fall completely flat with someone else. That said, David Sedaris’ “Naked” has hit many people as brilliant, cathartic and hilarious, and has the rare ability to cause readers to laugh out loud. While not an obvious stress management read, this book goes a long way in reducing tension for several reasons, so I wanted to recommend it to you. Here’s why:

I consider this New York Times bestselling essay collection to be a good book for stress relief for several reasons. Although it’s not an obvious ‘stress management’ book, it’s an excellent distraction from everyday stresses and provides a good mental break, allowing you to return to your life’s issues with a fresh perspective. Another benefit of this book is the fact that it’s hilarious! Laughter can be great for reducing your stress level, boosting your immune system and more, and this book actually makes me laugh out loud. (In fact, I’ve had to put the book down at times because I was laughing so hard!) But what I think makes this book truly great for stress management is how he handles difficult situations in his life. He’s great at showing his own and others’ faults in a comical, forgiving light. He does have some real challenges, and seeing how he addresses them in a responsible, compassionate and humorous way has helped me see my own struggles in a more positive light.

I do need to say that this book isn’t for everyone. It does address some adult and sexual themes, and David is gay (as you discover in the chapter titled, “I Like Guys”). Some coarse language is used, and his subtle brand of humor doesn’t hit everyone’s funnybone. But for many, many people, the humorous books of David Sedaris, “Naked” in particular, hold so many benefits. (For those who don’t care for David Sedaris, I would recommend another David: Dave Barry, who’s also hilarious.)

Audio & Radio

Audio recordings of Sedaris’ books, read by him, are very popular. The recording of Dress Your Family in Cordoroy and Denim was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. That same year, Sedaris was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his recording of Live at Carnegie Hall.

Sedaris continues to appear on radio programs, including two series of essays for BBC Radio.

Sedaris also does live comedy shows and has appeared on several late night comedy shows and Comedy Central.

Personal Life

David Sedaris lives in West Sussex, England, with Hugh Hamrick, his longtime boyfriend. He likes to keep things clean, and picks up trash along the road in West Sussex as a hobby. Sedaris does not like using new technology, so his facebook and online presence is maintained by his agent.

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