The incomparable Amy Sedaris has taken her absurdly hilarious book to the Internet in an equally hysterical fashion. Those who have followed the comedienne over the years should rejoice the fact that she has discovered a new outlet for her talents. Sedaris launched a YouTube channel earlier this week, premiering six how-to videos that illustrate the ideas from her new book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.
Her charm and irreverence is on display online, as in all seriousness, she delivers some great how-to performances in the vain of Martha Stewart. Learn how to roast hot dogs on a rake, make a donut feeder for birds and squirrels, and fashion toys for rabbits; truly lessons for life.
“Oh hi!” Sedaris greets the viewer each time as if surprised, while dressed in various absurd outfits in front a construction paper background. She seems to reach the height of absurdity, creating items that are not only impractical, but difficult to make. “This is a really good craft for someone who has really long finger nails,” says as she preps to audience to make ‘potato ships,’ an item that is exactly what it sounds like it is.
The channel may trace it’s roots to her appearance on The Colbert Report, where she and Stephen Colbert transformed his desk into a crafts table, creating such priceless items like the tie snake, created by stuffing lint, hair, or fur into the tie. “I put it under the door so a draft doesn’t come through,” says Sedaris. She also introduced great ways to fake gifts at office parties and create the appearance of effort without actually doing anything.
Though the channel has but a few videos for now, it is up and running and well crafted, so to speak. Fans of hers should be hopeful that by finding a way to easily connect, she will continue to create quirky and funny videos for all to enjoy. The high entertainment value of her channel comes not only from the serious way she creates silly crafts. Instead, take time to wonder what exactly goes on in the mind of a woman who can think up such inane ideas.