As a 7-year-old in North Carolina, Amy Sedaris yearned to host her own hospitality show, inspired by local women like Peggy Mann and Betty Elliot who, on sets resembling their homes, discussed the finer points of bat sleeves and collar construction or the lineage of Mayflower descendants. But it took decades in the test kitchen of Sedaris’s mind to turn her dream into a reality. “And then I just decided it was time,” she said.
Did the concept of your show change while it was simmering? I always thought it was going to be more of a PBS show with interesting people in front of a live audience. But it was hard to fill 24 and a half minutes and not go in for laughs, and we were boring ourselves. So now I’m a bored housewife on a funny show. Do you have a current lifestyle inspiration? No, once “I Like You” came out [in 2006], I didn’t entertain anymore because I was tired of it. If I have a few friends over, I’ll order in.
In a call from Syracuse, N.Y., where he is shooting Joshua Friedlander’s “Holly Slept Over,” Mr. Livingston — who lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Rosemarie DeWitt, and their two daughters, ages 2 and 4 — talked about the pleasures of jerkdom. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation. What’s the appeal of playing the jerk? It’s just so damn fun. There’s jerks and there’s villains.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".