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David Sedaris returns to Chicago for an evening at Auditorium Theatre

David Sedaris

He made Chicago his home in the late ’80s and early ’90s, while going to school and teaching at the School of the Art Institute. He nudged his sister Amy to check out Second City. Then David Sedaris, at that time a budding essayist and humorist who cleaned houses for extra scratch, got his big break courtesy of NPR’s Ira Glass.

Back in 1992, Sedaris first read his essay Santaland Diaries on NPR’s Morning Edition, then produced by Glass. When Glass and former Chicago Public Radio honcho Torey Malatia launched the now hugely successful This American Life in 1995, Sedaris contributed to that program as well — and his star rose even higher.

On Saturday, November 2, Sedaris returns to his former hometown for an evening at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress), where he’ll read from his eighth and newest book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Tickets are on sale at

If that show sells out — which isn’t beyond the realm of possibility — Sedaris holds court the night before (Nov. 1) at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. If you’re in the Chicago area, that’s a pretty short drive for a very funny man.