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Houston Voice, July 7, 2006 - File 012. 2006-07-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2641/show/2631.

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Title Houston Voice, July 7, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ervin, Eric
Publisher Window Media
Date July 7, 2006
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript GAY HOUSTON NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE www.houstonvoice.com singing the blues Diva Diana Ross' lost jazz album, 'Blue,' is made available to her adoring public. Page 14 JULY 7, 2006 Sweeter than candy Comic Amy Sedaris brings cult TV hit 'Strangers With Candy' to the big screen By ANDY ZEFFER GAY, GAY, GAY, GAY, gay, gay!" Amy Sedaris cries gleefully over the phone. Sedaris is used to the gay factors of life. For starters, there is her best-selling writer-humorist brother, David Sedaris, with whom she is close. And being an actor virtually guarantees coming into contact with lots of gay people. Then there are the gay characters on her cult-show-turned-motion-picture, "Strangers With Candy," which comes to theaters in wide release on July 14. Given the cast of characters, the irreverent nature and off-the-wall humor of "Strangers," it is no surprise a large portion of its following are gay fans. "I think misfits tend to love it," Sedaris says. "And Comedy Centra] never got behind the series, so it is because of those people that it is what it is today. I'd rather do a show like that than a network show that is up in your face telling you to watch it because it is full of pretty people." PRETTY IS ONE THING SEDARIS' character in the film is not. For those unfamiliar with the TV show, Jerri Blank is a 46 year-old ex-junkie and con who returns to high school in a bid to start her life over. After being released from jail to find her father in a coma. Blank goes on a quest to win the high school science fair. Throw in an inept principal, an art teacher and science teacher in a gay love affair, unrequited love from the school jock and a loathsome stepfamily and all kinds of hilarity ensues. The origins of Jerri Blank can be traced to Sedaris' brother David, she says. "There was a woman David knew in Chicago, and it became me trying to imitate David trying to imitate this woman," Sedaris explains. "So I had to get the voice down and the body developed over the years, and I had a fatty suit made. People comment that I don't really look like her, or they get disappointed I don't have her background." It is fair to say that "Strangers With Candy" is equally offensive to everybody. Joining her in the twisted humor are Comedy Central political jokesters Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. Colbert plays science teacher Charles "Chuck" Noblet, and Dinello plays art teacher Geoffrey Jellineck. The two carry on an illicit love affair. Dinello also directed the film. Sedaris met her collaborators years ago when they all became members of Chicago's Anv Safafc plays ex-con Jerri Blank in the capriciously comical 'Strange-s With Candy,' based on the Comedy Central TV show. (Photo courtesy of ThinkFiIm) A MORE INFO ■Strangers With Candy1 Friday, July 14 in wide release Angelika Film Center 510 Texas Avenue 713-225-1470 Actress Amy Sedaris has captured a large gay fan base with her show 'Strangers With Candy.' A movie version of the Comedy Central hit show opens July 14. famed Second City comedy troupe, "We've worked together for over 20 years, and none of us are ever going to change." Sedaris says. "We know too much about each other. We never plan when we are going to work together. I'll just call Paul, and he'll call Stephen, and it kind of happens." Other big names appearing in "Strangers" are Sarah Jessica Parker. Matthew Broderick, Ian Holm and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. "I called a lot of them up. and they said they'd do it," Sedaris says. "Sir Ian Holm's son told him to do it." AS FOR THE SOMETIMES-FUN AND sometimes-dark humor of "Strangers," Sedaris says people generally accept it. "I would have more heroine marks and tattoos, but I don't want to be in make-up that long," she says. "That's why I wear turtlenecks. And I don't think a lot of people want to see track marks." In supporting roles in films like like "Maid In Manhattan" and "Bewitched." Sedaris does not have any of her haggard Jerri Blank trappings. She says that in her film career, she has an uncanny ability to be found in scenes that are cut in editing or have nothing to do with the rest of the film. "I like small roles like that." she says. "If the part is longer than five lines. I don't want to be in it. I am not very good at doing other peoples' things. It is hard for me to understand how you can be talking if you already know what you are going to be saying. Some people can look at a script and say those lines like they've never heard them before. I am just not trained that way I think of myself as more of a clown than an actress." Clowning around even comes into play with the forthcoming cookbook Sedaris is working on for release in October. Well reputed for her delicious cupcakes and cheese balls, the book includes all her "jackpot recipes." she says. And in Sedaris family fashion, the book has a twist. "It will also include a crafts section," Sedaris says. "Because I like making crafts. I wrote it for illiterate people, so it is very visual. Paul Dinello is making fun of me trying to take something seriously so it is also very humorous." As for her "Strangers" character Jerri Blank, Sedaris says she will always hold the character dear to her heart. "Jerri Blank is like a rash," Sedaris says. "You never know when she is going to reappear." NIGHTLIFE: HotGG gets the party started this weekend, with a run down of hot events. Page 12 BOOKS: Houston area lesbian poet publishes her first book, with a collection of poems exploring her soul. Page 13
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