Greek-American Amy Sedaris on Her First Emmy Nomination

Emmy-nominee Amy Sedaris at a book signing in Toronto. (Photo: Public domain)

LOS ANGELES – The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on July 12 with Greek-American Amy Sedaris among those singled out for the honor.

“As this is my first Emmy nomination, I feel compelled to ask, does this include a cash prize?” said Sedaris, whose show At Home With Amy Sedaris was nominated for variety sketch series, in an emailed statement featuring her trademark cheeky sense of humor.

Sedaris was born in Endicott, NY, the daughter of Sharon Elizabeth (née Leonard) and Louis Harry “Lou” Sedaris, and grew up in Raleigh, NC, with her siblings, Lisa, David, Gretchen, Tiffany, and Paul. Her father is of Greek descent and her mother was an Anglo-American. Her father is Greek Orthodox, and her mother was a Protestant. She was raised in her father’s Orthodox faith. “But Easter, because I’m Greek Orthodox, we celebrate Easter later because of the old calendar – I know – and so Greek Easter is May 1st. My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper,” Sedaris said in a previous interview with David Letterman.

Emmy-nominated Amy Sedaris. (Photo: http://amysedarisrocks.com/)

She said of her show, “It’s gonna have, um, let’s say I have a date with a Greek guy. It’s like what I would serve. You know, Greek food I would serve. How I would do my hair and make-up Greek style, tips on the Acropolis and interesting conversation.”

Her brother is author David Sedaris whose latest book, Calypso, was recently released to solid reviews. The siblings, two of five, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe- which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service.

(Material from Associated Press was used in this report)