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Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert met at Chicago's Second City and have been collaborators ever since. They have developed two separate series for Comedy Central: Exit 57, and Comedy Central's first live action series, Strangers with Candy. Amy Sedaris is one half of the "Talent Family"-the other half is David Sedaris--and together they have collaborated on eight plays, including the Obie Award-winning One Woman Shoe. Stephen Colbert is a writer and correspondent on the Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show. In addition to TV work, Dinello and Colbert are successful screenwriters. They all currently reside together on an organic date farm on the Tunisian coast.

Todd Oldham is a well-known designer and photographer.


The authors are well-known comedians. The photographer is a famous designer. The result is unlike anything the genre of humorous fiction has seen before. The book tells, sort of, the story of Wigfield, a small town that realizes it's in danger when the government wants to destroy a local dam in order to protect the local salmon population. Faced with imminent flood, the town solicits Russell Hokes, a self-centered hack journalist, who hopes to capture the undying spirit of the all-American small town. Wigfield, alas, is very far from living up to the bucolic image it intends to foster, and as the dam draws nearer to destruction, so does Wigfield's self-created myth. The plot unfolds as a series of interviews Hokes conducts with local residents, accompanied by droll, surreal photographs by Oldham. In the end, Hokes succeeds in his goal, which is, as he notes in his attached rsum, to "write a book, other than the ones that I have already written, so that I may use my words like a sword of swift justice in service of the truth, but in an easy-to-read, highly marketable way." He does so, however, not by creating a Capraesque tribute to smalltown America, but by unwittingly exposing the bumbling foolery beneath its surface. The book is one of those rare works of satire that combine creative form, uproariously funny text and a painfully sharp underpinning of social criticism. (May) Forecast: Sedaris, Dinello and Colbert have been appearing together on stage since they met at Chicago's Second City. The book will be cross-promoted with their performances (if only they were doing readings, too!), and will likely get plenty of media attention, particularly in the alternative press. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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