WRITER, ACTRESS AND SECOND CITY ALUM
AMY SEDARIS TO RECEIVE THE ERNIE KOVACS AWARD
AT DALLAS VIDEOFEST 31 ON DEC. 8
Sedaris is the first woman to receive the Kovacs Award and will accept it in person at the Alamo Drafthouse
Dallas VideoFest honors actress and writer Amy Sedaris, a second City alumna and known for her role as Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central favorite Strangers with Candy, with the coveted Ernie Kovacs Award at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Alamo Drafthouse (100 S. Central Expressway at Beltline – Richardson).
“Amy Sedaris has brought a unique vision to television and cinema, developing strong and funny characters in a Kovacsian way,” said Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest. “What a wonderful addition to the great artists who have taken home The Ernie Kovacs Award.
“I am sure Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams would be thrilled to be here, but their spirits will infuse the night.”
“Amy Sedaris so firmly embodies Ernie Kovacs’ cockeyed aesthetic that she is a natural to win The Ernie Kovacs Award,” said Joshua Mills of Ediad Productions and the Estate of Ernie Kovacs. “Not only are Amy’s outrageous characters such as the Wine Lady and the Hobo very Kovacsian, but she excels in front of the camera, on radio and as a writer too just like Ernie.”
Born in Endicott, N.Y., and raised in Raleigh, N.C., Sedaris honed her natural talent for comedy at The Second City in Chicago. Sedaris met and began working with comedians Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello at Second City; the three went on to collaborate on the short-lived Comedy Central program Exit 57 and later worked together on Strangers with Candy, a spoof of the after-school specials and that were popular in the 1970s.
Sedaris’ current television show is At Home with Amy Sedaris on truTv. Her long list of television credits includes appearances on Sex and the City, The Good Wife and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Her voice is heard as the pink cat talent agent, Princess Caroline on BoJack Horseman. Sedaris’ extensive movie career includes roles in STRANGERS WITH CANDY (2005) ELF (2003), SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003) and the voice of Cinderella in SHREK THE THIRD (2007).
Sedaris also authored several satirical lifestyle books, including I Like You: Hospitality, Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.