Amy Sedaris’ New Cooking Show Is Delightfully Weird
Are you tired of watching lifestyle shows that don’t feature raccoon accountants and advice on how to stab a baked potato “like a hairdresser who gave you bad bangs”? Have you been looking for a spa-related use for an old stocking full of oatmeal, or wonderd how to transform a stool into a spinach strainer?
If standard cooking and lifestyle shows aren’t cutting it for your particular needs, Amy Sedaris is the domestic goddess for you. Her new show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, is a natural extension of the upbeat, outrageous, and wantonly kitschy lifestyle that Sedaris reveals in her two books, I Like You and Simple Crafts for Poor People.
Her set is like a homey, Food Network-style kitchen, shot through with a hearty dash of ’60s yard sale ephemera. In the opening credits, fat shrimp earrings dangle from each of her earlobes. Amy takes a hearty bite of a dish sponge, then snake-charms a string of hot dogs out of a pot, each link rising and swaying as she plays the flute. Apron strings tied tight, she saunters through her brilliant technicolor kitchen, gesturing to homemade signs that say “Being Alone Is A-Okay” and “Alone by Choice,” as she explains the joys of cooking for one.
“You can’t entertain without guests. And when it comes to guests, I’m my favorite. I like the sound of my voice, I dress appropriately, and I always show up with something in my hand,” she says.
Amy cooks steak au poivre and spanakopita while navigating common culinary hurdles, like how do you break down butter into sticks when you store your butter in a tub? Ask your in-house racoon accountant, of course. Or how do you tackle your fear of phyllo? Read Amy’s fake new book, Me Talk Phyllo One Day.
When she’s not cooking, she’s walking us through her morning routine. Each day starts with stretching in Pepto Bismol-colored outfits, drinking foamy beers in a tub laced with oatmeal, and enjoying the soothing sounds of a lady saxophone player who wanders into her bathroom.
Guests appear at her kitchen door, and no, they’re not actual culinary experts. They’re comedy actors dolled up as characters, with Scott Adsit, aka Pete from 30 Rock, playing a Greek diner owner and Cole Escola in retro drag as Chassie Tucker, her pastry chef friend. They spar and joke and slide down banisters. In the small moments between bits, they cook two fairly complicated recipes and Amy doles out legitimately useful cooking tips.
What else can you look forward to? Packing tape crafts! Heartbreak! An amazing amount of references to the House Rabbit Society! Amy Sedaris is charming, odd, and joyful and she brings all of these elements into her home-entertaining style. If you’re looking to add a little warmth and absurdity to your hospitality, tune in to At Home with Amy Sedaris on TruTV, Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream it through the Tru TV website.