Amy Sedaris interview: "I used to sell cupcakes and cheese balls"
This funny lady wrote the book on entertaining—and now she’s designed party-ready servingware
By Kevin Aeh|
Photograph: Danielle St. Laurent
Amy Sedaris, the Strangers with Candy actor, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence author and bunny activist can add another title to her résumé: housewares designer. I Like You, her new line of serving items for Fishs Eddy features dish towels covered in dollar signs ($17), gingham-wrapped glass bowls ($7.50) and other kitchen items. She gave us the scoop.
Time Out New York: You made housewares! Amy Sedaris: How about that! Todd Oldham, a friend of mine, has a line at Fishs Eddy and showed them my fabrics—I have a line—and then we decided to do this.
What are your favorite items? That big popcorn bowl. I can’t wait to just fill it with whipped cream. And the colors—I was inspired by that gum Fruit Stripe. I remember as a kid that beautiful, striped chewing gum.
What else inspired you? Well, one time I ran into Parker Posey—she lives around the corner from me—and she told me that she and her boyfriend had just watched all 14 seasons of Dallas. And then I had to watch it, right? But what she didn’t tell me was that they had watched it over two years. I did it over two weeks and drove myself crazy. But there was a girl on there wearing a jumpsuit covered in dollar-and-cent signs, and that inspired the dollar-sign artwork.
Could a clothing line be next? I know what I like, but I don’t know if other people would be into it. But I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
And you have a new show on Netflix? I have a new show on Netflix and then am working on a show that’s on Amazon. The animated show on Netflix is called BoJack Horseman. It just started and we’re doing a second season. So, that’s exciting. I’ve been wanting to do something with Will Arnett for so long. And I guess this is what we’re going to do…voiceover. And then on Amazon is Alpha House with John Goodman. I like it because first I look like Robert Blake. I have a little short root-beer–brown wig that I found on the floor of a wig shop, and I begged the producers to let me wear it. It was $50.
You guest-star on a lot of shows. I do. I like that.
So what’s a show that you want to guest on next? Well, I really like Girls. I like Lena Dunham. The Americans would be fun, where I can play a spy. Louie, of course.
What are your favorite stores in New York? Oh my gosh, I have a huge list! Aedes de Venustas, that fragrance store on Christopher Street and Gay. It’s one of my favorite shops. It smells so nice. And I still shop at John Derian a lot. I like Top Hat on the Lower East Side, that’s a good store. I like the smoke shop on Christopher Street because I can buy plain matches there. It’s the only place where I can find white matchbook covers with zero writing on them. And then I sell them. Of course, I love Bigelow’s. I have a list on my computer, but that’s what comes to mind.
You used to sell cheese balls at personal appearances, right? I used to sell cupcakes and cheese balls. A lot of times, people come through and they want a picture or you to sign something. This way, I’m like, “You have to buy something!” It’s not about the money; it’s about the transaction. It’s not like I sat in Raleigh, North Carolina, and said I want to move to New York City and be an actress. But I did think about selling stuff. I was a Girl Scout, and I loved to go door-to-door selling stuff. So when I saw my display at Fishs Eddy, it was the first time I could really say out loud, “Wow, this is a dream come true.”