Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Following his sold out performance back in 2007, David Sedaris recently returned to The State Theatre in Ithaca. Vienna Farlow '12, a long-time Sedaris fan, had the opportunity to introduce him on behalf of WEOS-FM, the sponsor or the event. Farlow works for WEOS.
Sedaris is a Grammy award-nominated Greek-American humorist, comedian, Binghamton native, NPR contributor and acclaimed author of the best-selling "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "When You Are Engulfed In Flames." Entertainment Weekly has described Sedaris as "The preeminent humorist of his generation."
His appearance at The State included engaging recollections and readings. Sedaris often contributes to "This American Life," a weekly radio program broadcast on more than 500 stations (including WEOS) to nearly 1.7 million listeners. The show features non-fiction media in the forms of essays, short recordings and memoirs.
An upstate New York native, Farlow has been listening to NPR on WEOS her whole life. So it was only natural that, upon her arrival at the Colleges, she began working at the radio station. Currently the promotions director for WHWS, she was offered the position because she has been a consistent follower, listener and reader of Sedaris' books and stories for years.
"To get to meet him, let alone introduce him, was pretty close to a dream come true," she says.
Farlow is an Asian Studies major at William Smith College, working on creating an individual major. In addition to working at WEOS, she is also an active member of Phoenix Players, Women's Collective, and the Debate Team on campus.