Monday, October 16, 2006

‘Strangers With Candy’ Character Created For The Deaf Community

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You probably know actress Amy Sedaris from the cult TV show Strangers With Candy.

But what you probably don’t 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 Chicago’s 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 what’s 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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