Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961 in Endicott, New York. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a television comedian and author. Her first foray into television began in 1995 on the Comedy Central sketch show Exit 57. In 1999 she began portraying Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy. She has also made several guest appearances on TV shows such as rescue Me, Monk and The Closer. Amy Sedaris has co-authored the novel Wigfield with Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert which was published in 2003. Starting in 2005 she began wrtiing a monthly advice column in The Believer. Her book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence which was published in 2006 stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for over 12 weeks. Her latest book is Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People which was published in 2010 and has made the New York Times best seller list. Amy Sedaris has also co- authored several plays such as Stump the Host, stitches, and One Woman Shoe with her brother David Sedaris.