Now in it’s third season, At Home With Amy Sedaris is supposedly a crafting show but of course it’s a far crazier and stranger series then it initially pretends to be, which won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s aware of Amy Sedaris’s work. And that should be everyone, or at least would be in an ideal world, as she’s a comedic force of nature who’s always been amazing in the comedy that she’s starred in.
In the show Amy’s obsessed with crafting and tackles a different form of it each week, and in this season three premier it revolves around babies, because as Amy says – “Babies, we’ve all had ’em, but what do we really know about them?”, and so surely everyone needs to know how to transform a room in to a nursery, what the best maternity wear is, how to make “Rusty nails baby chimes” or cook the best baby food.
As always there’s a strong narrative arc throughout the episode as Amy becomes more and more obsessed with the idea of having a baby, firstly by pretending she’s pregnant but then by suggesting she’s given birth, with her carrying around a monkey doll she claims is her child and who she’s named Huckleberry. It’s absurd and surreal and daft and silly and so very, very funny, and seeing Amy in an obsessive mode is never less than hilarious.
It’s packed with a huge selection of glorious gems from Amy singing a lullaby to a baby which contains the lyrics “Lipstick on his collar, all men lie, come in to this world alone, and that’s how you die. Alone. Because he’s a cheater” to accusing an old friend that he’s the father of her child, even though she hasn’t seen him in fifteen years, and the way she quickly gets bored of having a child (largely as she can’t go and set fire to a football with Justin Theroux) is beautifully funny too.
Sedaris has built up an impressive selection of supporting characters which include Russell Schnabble (John Early), the creative director of a local theatre who’s distressed because “Do you know how difficult it is to be an artist with no history of trauma to draw on?”, and also great are Patty Hogg (who’s played by Sedaris too) and Leslie (Matt Malloy), who are on hand to offer help when choosing a name for a baby with the suggestions “Wandering Jew”, “Queen Mary II” and “Rear Admiral Ashleigh”, and if that doesn’t make you laugh then this isn’t the show for you, and there’s also something horribly wrong with your brain. And I’m sorry to break it to you like this, but it’s sadly true.
Jane Krakowski also pops up for a great cameo, recurring character Chassie Tucker (series co-writer Cole Escola) almost boils Huckleberry alive, Patty suggests that what Amy “needs is a good whack across the snout with a rolled up newspaper”, Amy has a rather unique suggestion on how to get your pre-baby body back, and her final advice as to whether or not you’ll work out as a parent is abjectly awful, and so naturally it’s also extremely amusing too.
This is an often demented and nearly always unusual series but don’t let that put you off for a second. The joke rate is pretty damn remarkable, it’s a show which boasts a superb cast, and it attracts some great guest stars who are more than happy to lark about, which all adds up to it being a unique slice of ludicrous madness, and one which is going from strength to strength as for my money this is the best episode yet.