At Home with Amy Sedaris is just two days away! I attended the premiere at the Bowery Hotel in NYC last week, and I can assure you, you’re in for an incredible treat. The show, which is honestly difficult to describe, is like a brilliant mash-up of Martha Stewart on acid and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, with a hefty added dose of whimsy and a homespun feel. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, in the very best way. Fans of Strangers with Candy will rejoice, as tinges of the show are undoubtedly there, from a catatonic pet bird (think Jerri’s catatonic father) to Stephen Colbert’s Noblet-esque guest appearance. The show was co-created by Amy and Paul Dinello, so I was delighted to find that At Home and Strangers share a very similar tone and sense of humor.
The theme of the episode screened at the premiere was gift-giving, and the show was comprised of a few segments revolving around the topic. I don’t want to give too much away, since a lot of the fun with At Home with Amy Sedaris is how each scene is more ridiculous than the last. That said, I found the best part to be the running gag with guest star Nick Kroll as Randy Fingerling, a dirty old fling who tries to seduce Amy with his coupon book for everything under the sun “with full release.”
At Home with Amy Sedaris is everything I wanted it to be, and then some. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages, and exactly what the world needs right now. I laughed so hard, I could barely breathe, and then immediately declared it to be my new all-time favorite show. It’s an insane amount of fun. I had ridiculously high expectations going into the screening, and this series completely blew them out of the water.
You can catch the premiere of At Home with Amy Sedaris this Tuesday night, October 24, at 10:30 pm (ET) on truTV. And don’t forget that Amy FINALLY visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the very first time tomorrow, Monday, October 23!