But what you probably dont know is that the character Jerry Blank was originally designed to appeal to deaf viewers.
Sedaris says the inspiration for the character came when a deaf neighbor described the circus to her without words.
Sedaris, who was working at Chicagos famed Second City improv group alongside Strangers co-creators Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinnell, at the time decided she wanted all of her characters to be more appealing to deaf people.
As Sedaris tells it: I went back to [Second City] and said, From now on, I want everything I do to be visual enough so even deaf people can follow it and get whats so funny about it.
She adds that, If you look at Jerry Blank, she even looks like a clown -- her make-up and the faces she makes.
The movie version of Strangers With Candy comes out on DVD November 14.
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