David Sedaris, the award-winning humorist, essayist and radio personality, returns to Milwaukee this Saturday as part of his nation-wide tour celebrating the paperback release of his most recent book, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls." If that title alone isn't enough to intrigue you into getting tickets, here are five more reasons you should consider going to the show.
Everyone loves owls, whether it's the cute one on your daughter's backpack or the nocturnal predator. And since Sedaris will be reading from his work, you'll probably get to hear the essay explaining what they have to do with diabetes.
Who doesn't love a good colonoscopy story? Turns out, Sedaris thinks the procedure, which most people dread, is "soft-edged and lovely." We can assume he wrote that after the sedatives wore off. When I worked in health care, I heard colonoscopies described many ways. Not once did it include the word "magnificent."
3. Dental work
In comparing American health care to European, Sedaris describes dental visits. I laughed. Hard. There might have been a tear. Anyone who can make you belly laugh about oral surgery is a comedic gem. The Hope Diamond of laughter.
4. Pet peeves we can all relate to
His book discusses that most insidious societal evil: someone who takes forever to order and pay for their overly-fancy coffee drink. We've all stood in line behind that person when all we want is our morning dose of caffeine. Sedaris understands. Sedaris feels our pain.
I've laughed to the point of tears while reading every one of Sedaris' books. Reading the title essay from "Naked" involved an unfortunate Diet-Coke-through-the-nose incident (which I don't recommend). We all know laughter is the best medicine, so what better way t0 spend your Saturday evening?
Convinced you need to see the show? Tickets are still available through the Riverside's website, in person at the Riverside box office or by calling the box office at (414) 286-3663.