Free Ticket To See David Sedaris and Nate Phelps Too!

April 19th, 2010

If anyone in Eastern Kansas or Western Missouri (or other neighboring areas) is interested in seeing David Sedaris this coming Saturday (April 24th) at 7:30 pm in Lawrence, Kansas at the Lied Center – I have one ticket to give away. The Country Doctor can’t use his ticket as he will be at Man Camp.  

Don’t Ask.

Just leave a comment on this post.  If more than one person responds, I will draw the name randomly.  

You will have to sit by me and I hope that is okay.  I’ll be the girl in the fabulous orange polyester evening gown with contrasting belt and jacket .  Or not…

Not only will I quite possibly be seated by a complete stranger at the David Sedaris event, I also hope to see Nate Phelps on Saturday afternoon at 2pm at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Nate is the atheist son of Fred Phelps of “God Hate’s Fags” fame.  Nate’s talk is free and I imagine that the Phelp’s family will show up to picket this event as well.  This is an awful lot of excitement in one day for Kansas.  I hope my state doesn’t crack in half!  

It would be terribly nice to see some of you at either of these events.  Don’t be afraid to come up and say hi. Just look for the girl in orange (or not).  Hopefully not!  Please not.  Please don’t let me wear that dress to the Lied Center!    


Nate Phelps Returns to Topeka Event


  • Rechelle,

    I’ve been reading your blog ever since Unreasonable Faith linked over to you, and I love your writing! I lead Recovering from Religion in Topeka and along with the Richard Dawkins Foundation, we are helping to sponsor the event. I hope to meet you there!

  • Celie:

    oh, man! I’d love to meet you, but I already have a date to see Anything Goes Saturday night at the Crafton Preyer theater… DANG IT!

  • Kay in KCMO:

    My first response to seeing the Sedaris ticket offer was “Yay!” But then I remembered that my car doesn’t run. Hasn’t for three years. Do you have his cd box set? “Poems About Dogs” never fails to crack me up. And I swear he wrote the funniest sentence in the English language in “Me Talk Pretty One Day”.

    Have fun you and whoever is lucky enough to win!

  • I would be proud to sit with you at a David Sedaris concert and I can only say I’m wish I lived in Kansas! I love David- just recently listened to his reading of his book- “When You are Engulfed In Flames…” He’s a master!


  • The thought of Sedaris, Nate Phelps and Meeting you in orange polyester is almost enough to make my fear of flying go away. Almost. Hope you have a great time!

  • Kay in KCMO – I was rolling on the floor in a seizure I was laughing so hard in more than one place in Me Talk Pretty One Day. When he tried to explain Christianity to the Muslim girl in broken French – I think I busted my spleen open.

  • Inga:

    Hey Rechelle, I would love to come! And getting to meet you would be the icing on the cake. Let me know, I can be free Saturday evening. I am going to Chickens 101 during the day.

    Let me know. I think you still have my email!

  • DirtyKSmama - Nikki:

    Oh! Something strange is going on in the universe, because I’m available that day! I finished Me Talk Pretty One Day last month. I bet the Phelps experience will be – uh – an experience. Count me in!

  • Another Lee:

    Ah! Snorted through “Me Talk Pretty One Day” while entertaining my kids at the Nuremburg zoo. My husband wanted me to go sit at another table because I was embarrassing him. It was too good to leave at home!

    I’m halfway across the country, so can not throw my cat-hair-besmirched hat in the ring.

  • Nancy:

    Chances are good enough that I’ll be able to come that I’ll say–count me in too! Have loved David Sedaris ever since “The SantaLand Diaries”, and he just keeps getting better.

  • Oh, David Sedaris – so. much. fun.

    I’ve have been lucky enough to attend a David Sedaris event.

    I think you should definitely wear the vintage orange ensemble.

    I totally love a freebie. Considering I live in California the cost of a plane ticket, hotel room and room service I, without consulting my calculator – and I could be wrong because I suck at math – I am pretty sure the cost benefit ratio strongly falls within the “fail” column.

    Have so much fun. Have him autograph your book(s). Twirl in your glam outfit for him. Take pictures. Please tell him I love him and want to live with him. He makes my belly hurt from laughing so hard and my eyes leak with joy and sadness.

    Here’s one (of about 1,000) of my favorites (you can skip to 03:19 to the beginning of his segment):

  • OOOOOOOOhhhhhh, this might be the only time that I wish I lived in Kansas versus the East Coast. Apart from that quick trip to Overland Park last fall (is that still considered Kansas?), I hadn’t given relocation that much thought. But as I love every author with the last name of Sedaris, I am seriously considering moving in for the weekend – or not.

    Does man camp provide special gender training? If so, I might be interested in learning more.

    I never knew that Nate Phelps existed. Good to know. There might be a glimmer of sanity in that gene pool after all.

  • Unfortunately, I will be with my scrapbooking sisters that day, and when we get together, things tend to go on for a good long while. Both events sound like the makings of a great weekend! Good luck everyone, and Rechelle, yes, wear the orange!

  • Martha in Kansas:

    I live right in Lawrence and have still not gotten myself a ticket to see Sedaris, so would LOVE to sit by you! Oddly (because we’ll be passing each other on the highway), I’ll be in Manhattan all day, so can’t make the Nate Phelps event, but will be back by evening. If you wear the orange, I’ll wear my purple spring hat!

  • tess:

    Hey Rechelle, this isnt on subject but I wanted to thank you for ‘introducing’ me to Julia Sweeney. I love her! I just finished her book ‘God said Ha’ and caught her ‘Letting go of God’ on showtime. She is amazing!!

  • Sandy in MI:

    I love David Sedaris and I’m intensely jealous that you’re getting to see him live. I’d love to go with you, but it’s a bit far for me. Enjoy!

  • Sharon:

    I’m on the east coast so I can’t make it but I wanted to share with you a blog I discovered. An ex-mormom turned athiest, some funny stuff.

  • Sharon:

    I mean atheist. It’s still so new to me that I can’t even spell it:)

  • marcia:

    if i’m lucky; i’d like to give that ticket to my cousin- in- law that lives outside lawrence. she’s an artist, been in every vintage clothing shop from the east to west coast. and her birthday is the 28th. it would be a fab present. thanks for the opportunity

  • Jaime:

    I’ll be there and hope I get to see you! Please don’t wear the orange outfit.