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Merry [REDACTED] Christmas: Sedaris' Santaland Diaries Hits The Stage In Knoxville

Liz Aaron

"I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is my work uniform."

That’s how humorist David Sedaris' opens his dyspeptic take on the most wonderful time of the year. His essay, The Santaland Diaries, is a jaundiced but hilarious view of Christmas, as told by a Macy’s department store elf named…Crumpet.

Actor David Alley dons the stockings for his portrayal of Crumpet in the Clarence Brown Theatre production of Santaland Diaries. He speaks with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth.