10 Questions with Sarah Silverman|
Silverman is the not only one of the funniest comics working
today, she is also one of the most fearless. She constantly subverts expectations, alternately surprising, delighting and shocking her audiences. She uses her fresh good looks and her adorable squeaky-voiced delivery in ways that become almost confrontational -- challenging the listener with shocking material; she squeezes laughs out of uncomfortable moments when the audience tries to reconcile her innocent presentation with her outrageous statements and creates laughter in ways that no other comic is trying today.
Most stand-ups fear silence, confusion, and ambiguity, but Sarah uses those reactions to shape her routines and sharpen
her punchlines. It's not only great comedy, it's important social discourse in the tradition of Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.
As Michael MacCambridge wrote in GQ Magazine, "The assumption
for years has been that gorgeous women don't need stand-up,
don't need to work out their demons with a microphone on the
naked stage. But here stands Silverman--all raven hair, swan's
neck, intense eyes and slangy, self-possessed physicality--and
almost as one, the audience leans forward, raptly attentive
. . . A few years after a new breed of candid female rockers
revolutionized the vocabulary of pop music, the 28-year-old
Silverman stands poised to do the same thing to stand-up comedy."
In 1993, Silverman was hired as a featured writer-performer
on Saturday Night Live. But almost immediately she had
trouble with the NBC censors. Her first routine was a commentary
slot on "Weekend Update" in which she spoke about the twenty-four-hour
waiting period some states were requiring prior to an abortion.
She said: "Quite frankly, I think it's a good law. I was going
to get an abortion the other day. I totally wanted an abortion....
And it turns out I was just thirsty."
After her stint on SNL, she returned to stand-up
comedy, and acted in a couple of episodes of Seinfeld
as Kramer's girlfriend. Then she got a featured role on The
Larry Sanders Show, playing a comedy writer whose jokes
kept getting cut because of a male head writer who thought weren't
funny. After that, she was a cast member on Mr. Show.
She also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The
Late Show with David Letterman, Politically Incorrect,
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Dr. Katz
(Laura Silverman, Sarah's sister, plays Dr Katz' receptionist.),
and Star Trek Voyager.
Sarah's films include There’s Something About Mary, Bullworth,
What Planet Are You From, and The Bachelor.
Was the character you played on Larry Sanders related
at all to your actual writing experience on Saturday Night
I think that was the original idea, but, no, not really.
What's your favorite pizza?
Crispy--with mushrooms and peppers. And candy. And your mother.
Where would you like to see the entertainment business located,
instead of Los Angeles and New York?
What reality TV show would you most like to see?
The one about your mother.
What's your next project?
The Farrelly brothers' Say It Isn't So, Heartbreakers,
and the Ivan Reitman movie, Evolution.
Is the casting couch still alive in Hollywood?
I don't know. I can't seem to get anyone to blow me.
COT: How bad / good is it?
Hurts so good.
What's in your medicine cabinet?
Zoloft, Alesse, tylenol pm, exederin pm, bobby pins, benadryl,
your mother's vibrator.
Who's your favorite comic?
Todd Glass, Steve Martin (on talk shows), Garry Shandling, and,
Ever had cybersex?
I was cyber-raped. All I could do was revert into my mind and
"go away" to another webpage.
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Lee Conover. He denies that his mother would ever own a
"A couple nights ago, I was licking jelly
off my boyfriend's penis . . . and I thought, Oh, my God--I'm
turning into my mother!"
writers of Sanford and Son were so brave in bringing
their program to television. I mean, working with all
those black people!"
I live in this apartment that's disgusting--it's really
dirty. And the kitchen floor is, like, sticky. And I
had to do something about it. So finally I went out
and bought some, uh, slippers."
suing my boss for sexual harrassment ... and it's real
hard, and a big strain on me ... because he hasn't done
buy water at the liquor store across the street from
where I live. So I'm walking into the door, and standing,
loitering, outside the door is a man. And I walk by
him to go in and he says [in a clenched, abrupt voice],
'I want pussy!' Now, I don't want to seem conceited
or anything, but [rolling her eyes, both embarrassed
and proud] he was talking about me. It offended me,
obviously, but more than offending me, it made me feel
sorry for him. It made me sad. Because it was so obvious
to me that this was a person who grew up and who was
a child whose mother and father never gave him any pussy."
don't have a problem with gay men. I just don't want
to date them"
saw my father naked once . . . But it was okay . . .
Because I was soooo young . . . and sooo drunk."
are fair game for comics. Why? Because they’re so pretty.
Society has no pity for them. But, you know, models
scream when you put them in boiling water."
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