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Amy Sedaris Loves Family Fights At The Holidays

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Nov 24, 2014

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For many of us, the holidays come with an ample serving of family drama. But that's fine by comedian Amy Sedaris.

She joined me on stage earlier this month for a live Sporkful taping at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, where we talked about entertaining at the holidays and Amy's book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. (Watch the video of the whole show here.)

Amy says her family revels in the excitement of an argument.

"Whenever there's a fight, we all just get excited. We're a fantastic audience for it," she said. "You just eat it up and then you divide up and...you play both sides. It's great."

As for the food, if Amy invites you over, don't bring a dish to serve. She'd rather have almost anything else: forks, ice, beer...even kitty litter.

Radiolab's Robert Krulwich also joined me on stage at the Greene Space to talk about holiday eating and to ponder a timeless conundrum: At what point in a meal should you take the best bite?

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He also tells the story of the time a turkey fell in love with his wife.

And in this show, I talk about my breadless vessel for Thanksgiving leftovers -- the Stuffing Sandwich. Watch me make one in this video:

Finally, as discussed in this week's Sporkful, I'll be volunteering at my local independent bookstore, Book Revue of Huntington, NY, on Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It's part of an initiative called Indies First.

So if you'd like a personalized copy of my book, Eat More Better, call the store on November 29 between 11 am and 2 pm eastern at 631-271-1442 and I'll personally take your order over the phone and make the book out to you. If you miss that window, you can still get signed copies through Book Revue afterwards!

Photos: Matthew Septimus

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