I was a smart-ass, born and raised. This had been my curse and would continue to be so.

—David Sedaris, Naked

Speakers Series
David Sedaris

A master of satire and a hilarious commentator on topics both mundane and profound, David Sedaris brings his beloved stories and essays to vivid life onstage. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. A refreshingly irreverent voice on radio’s This American Lifeas well as on television’s CBS Sunday Morning, Sedaris is known as much for his distinctive speaking voice and storytelling style, as for his unforgettable prose. As the Times remarked, “He loves audiences, audiences love him, and his readings attract hundreds and even thousands of people.”

Cal Performances’ Speaker Series is a season-long series of presentations by some of the leading creative and intellectual voices of our time—thinkers, activists, strategists, satirists, journalists, and pioneers at the leading edge of culture and politics.



Parking Alerts

Parking will be a problem on campus for the Nov 9 performance due to a Cal Football game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Donor Benefits

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]