Sarah Silverman’s TED Talk

Here is Sarah Silverman’s TED talk from 2010. It was never officially released because Chris Anderson called it “god awful.”

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49 Responses to Sarah Silverman’s TED Talk

  1. Ynot says:

    Sarah is my absolute favorite comedienne…this video was great.

  2. godawful is right says:

    Terrible. Thank god her show was dropped by NBC.

  3. kyle says:

    No wonder she promotes the mentally challenged Tig Notaro. Dark hearted both of them. This show was the worst. Embarrassing.

  4. G says:

    There were some funny spots, like the divas portion. However, overall it didn’t seem TED appropriate.

    That said, I’m still a big Sarah Silverman fan.

  5. Ynot says:

    If Sarah was asked to do this thing (TED),it was with the understanding of what her comedy is about. She has such a cool style. If you don’t like this video,then you must not like her comedy in general,in which case I dont know why you would be on this site watching the video and commenting negatively on it. IMO.

  6. Because She Is Awesome says:


    But the video speaks for itself.

    Because she’s obviously not being sarcastic and satirical and other words that start with “S” (like Sarah!)

    So i’ll write a generic “Stop Hating” and be on my way.

    bye. :)
    (Keep Being Awesome, Sarah!)

  7. Kevin Thomas says:

    I <3 Sarah…Her Comedy can be no different than any other comedian(Unique !!!) LOL to say the very least….
    She's AWESOME!!! Period…I want to be her pussy inspector…LMAO!!!

  8. Important says:

    THis was very incite and much too sophisticated for pedantic faux-intellectuals to grasp in their current lifetime. It was sad as well because I saw a look in her eye that she knew she was not going to be understood and maybe realized herself then and there how much before her time she actually is. It was additionally sad because she is human and was thereby led to per sé reduce her universal truths adn incite to her personal relationship issues which on second thought all monogamous go through. We are in the age of porn(digital life) and now someone instinctively creative, adorable, and intelligent may end up not reproducing. Rednecks and their manipulator will i.e. kyle G and “godawful” who left coment above. I am goign to boycott porn for 24hours in honor of this top 10 TED talks. I will instead masterbate to the comedy and bedroom creativity that I am certain Sarah has. People like her need to get together and make babies. But what is saddest of all is that -juding by her philtrum- she quite possibly has a very pretty pussy that will never be properly spanked teased and to’ up with the bop!

  9. Important says:

    thats was supposed to say “bop gun”:p

  10. Jim says:

    I think you are hilarious but this skit was terrible. What happened? Not funny at all. It was almost like you were invited and asked not to be too much like yourself.

  11. SarahFan says:

    This is Sarah, at her best, at her expected unexpected. Don’t invite her to your talk — TED or otherwise — if you’re looking for someone to shed what they’ve been doing (and how they’ve been doing it) their whole life just to fit into a 22-minute “this is how WE do it” presentation. Offensive and funny with a moral compass and larger purpose — that’s Sarah, and that’s what they got.

  12. FertilizerPackedVagina says:

    When they asked Sarah Silver to do a TED talk they were very aware of her rude comedy style. I overall really like her; even though her jokes are hit and miss. What really bothers me is how she was ridiculed for sharing really different ideas, especially the terminally ill/ mentally challenged adoption. This is an idea my parents have toyed with before and I’ve always thought it made a lot of sense. Mentally retarded people are so commonly misrepresented that it’s refreshing to hear someone tell it like it is. Every parent of a retarded child’s biggest fear “What happens to my kid when I’m not there for them?” Aside from that it would be great having a fun sidekick to hang out with. There aren’t enough people out there who appreciate the beautiful and hilarious charms of the mentally retarded. She shouldn’t have had to feel so nervous sharing her ideas. I think the fact that TED tried to hide this is a load of shit and Richard Wurman is a massive asshole. He’s only really famous for sharing other people’s ideas! He totally missed the point when Silverman was talking about honesty.

    This is really part of a larger problem that it’s not okay to share ideas that might offend some people. This year I did a project on how Islam is not a religion of peace. The majority of the focus in my presentation was on how different religions teach different morals: like how the fundamentals of Jainism is non-violence: Therefore extremist Jain is extremely peaceful. You can see where this is going. People stormed out of the class calling me a racist people kept bringing up my racist presentation for the rest of the year. I don’t even dislike Muslims at all! I was simply suggesting that we be honest about differences between religions. Some are currently more dangerous and violent than others. For fuck sakes it’s a life doctrine written thousands of years ago. It should be open to critical scrutiny more than anything.

    All I’m saying is that there are some truths out there like some of Sarah Silverman’s ideas that shouldn’t be ignored because they somehow offend people.

  13. Lady Envy says:

    Watching this video is like having an outer body experience: the awareness of several levels of consciousness arises as you witness the complexity and irony of media, expectation, and universal love/ comedy explodes all over the man-made fabrication of our current moment and place in the universe. I’m released and relieved at least until the second TED coming. brava Sarah!

  14. WidenTheSpectrum says:

    Right on, Sarah. You are a creator. Awesome. TED is about WIDENING the SPECTRUM of our thoughts, not building stronger barriers for a narrower path. I guarantee the discussions from there on were more free b/c you widened the limit & so people wld feel SAFER to communicate honest, candid thoughts (until Chris narrowed things again-he was laughing on the inside – he just had to appease his alliances/$ trail). Plus – having worked in fortune 500 and having prepped content that went to DAVOS – I know all those (mostly) men talk that way after hours anyhow! So you got their attention. No nappy-nappy during your preso. Cheers to you & your book is hysterical.

  15. Brittny says:

    I really wonder why TED asked her to come on if they weren’t prepared to present her talk. She’s brave. She’s honest. She’s awkward. She’s very VULGAR. But I think she’s on to something. She shines a light on a lot that is hidden. And I’m drawn to it. I’m drawn to someone who is fearless in being who they are without censorship. I don’t think TED should have… underestimated their audience. It would have been good to let the TED audience experience her talk, love it or hate it and discuss her artform, her POV. I think the conversations would have been interesting and worth having. TED should have let the audience determine the value or worthlessness of Sarah’s talk.

  16. Jason says:

    They asked for your unique perspective on life and that’s what they got. Keep on being you. You make the world more interesting and therefore more beautiful. I love TED, but if they can’t see that, it’s their problem not yours. Sometimes they can be so…uppity.

  17. Pistol says:

    Love Sarah and she has a great ass

  18. Ynot says:

    That she does…:)

  19. rekzkarz says:


    Thanks for posting your TED talk. I thought it was incredibly irreverent and even more enjoyable b/c of the TED venue.
    However, I was a weed bit sad that you left out some of the choice bits from “Jesus is Magic”, particularly THAT line.

    I chuckled out loud w/the 3000 visual. Excellent.

    Keep pushing the envelope — I’ll let you know when you blow my framework again (‘Jesus is Magic’ did that back in the day, btw).

  20. Marie says:

    Speaking as a person who took care of her elderly, mentally challenged Aunt, I didn’t think Sarah meant any disrespect at all. I believe she was very thoughtful. God forbid anyone actually have an honest conversation about, not just the mentally challenged, but anything that makes us feel uncomfortable. And to speak of anything with humor just makes it easier to talk about. Her speech started out about honest communication. She nailed it.

  21. a TED and Sarah fan says:

    Wow…I had to search out the video that TED chose not to publish. Wow…she’s friggin’ brilliant.

    And, I think it’s challenging for those that can only access life theoretically to have that level of honesty she’s speaking of…cuz for some, that stuff is just filtered out…it messes with the purity of of the design, and creates cognitive dissonance (I think the lay term is ‘god awful’?), with which a level of emotional maturity is requisite.

    Perhaps the organization should be STED: Sterile Technology Education Design: just an idea for more accurate design….

    You’re more TED than they are, Sarah…they just have some work to do to catch up. Get “Heartier” not “Smartier”

  22. Petey says:

    Well, I see why she bombed. She didn’t warm the crowd up at all–just straight into the raunchy jokes. You’d think a comedian as experienced as her would realize that. For those of us with a sense-of-humour, hilarious nonetheless…

  23. Winfidel says:

    I enjoyed about 70%

    I found the last song made me -as an intellectual with a 164 IQ- uncomfortable.

  24. Laughable says:

    “with a 164 IQ” well, at least she opened your worldview a bit. instead of shunning immediate discomfort, consider why it’s there instead.

  25. Right says:

    It wasn’t that bad. “Controversy” is so stupid nowadays it’s like we’re afraid of our own shadows

  26. kkykkx says:

    I thought her skit was brave and honest. More people should be as honest as she is, as funny and as relevant. I love her and SHAME on TED for inviting her only to shun her afterwards for being herself. Bravo to those who gave her a standing ovation.

  27. I forgot to request notification of followup comments on the previous comment… Is it possible to flip that on? Or will this comment do the trick?

    However, I did forget to note that I don’t even know whether or not Sarah Silverman’s talk was supposed to be a joke.

    I do know that I hate censorship.

  28. Pete Chauncey says:

    Sarah’s being herself: insightful, provocative, ironic, goofy, awkward, self-aware and silly. If thin-skinned folks can’t handle it, that’s THEIR problem. Silverman’s following a long line of great comedians and social commentators that came before her, like Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Roseanne Barr, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, Bill Maher and others that are willing to be “dangerous.” I think she’s adorable and hilarious as well as whip-smart. Plus she’s a musician and a knockout in the looks department. What’s not to like?

  29. Merla's Bud says:

    If Chris Anderson was any sort of organizer, he’d have been prepared for Sarah’s irreverence. But I felt she was pretending to be something she’s not by allowing her style to be compromised. I felt for her, like I would no doubt feel for Chris Anderson if I ever saw him on stage at the Comedy Club.

  30. Ruff (144) says:

    164, it’s good that she made you uncomfortable. The goal of any creative person/entertainer should be to evoke emotions in the person being entertained. It’s often OK with us if that emotion is a negative one, just as long as you are feeling *something* strongly. The last song should make almost everyone feel uncomfortable. It’s about a harsh reality of something that is enjoyable for some, and horrific for others. Same with her language/vulgarity. We’re all pretty vulgar on the inside; she just lets us look at ourselves, and go a little deeper.

    She IS very deep, but she’s also the author of “I’m F***ing Matt Damon,” which is totally F****** hilar.

  31. DJ Klanker says:

    A funny parody of TED, clearly inspired by the boring TED template. If Chris Anderson thinks this is ‘god awful’ he must subconsciously hate his own format.

  32. I think she should have had Anderson Cooper introduce her.. wrap up with humor about gays.. out Phil Donaphue and Marlo as the first arranged marriage to hide sexual preference… and then have a live feed to Jimmy Kimble hosting a children’s birthday party where he and his other clown assistants Ben and Matt are trying to make balloon animals while being yelled at and abused by Tom Cruise’s children.

    But every one has their own style.

  33. Kathy Lacher says:

    Bravo, Sara.

  34. Adam P says:

    Hell yes. When are you going to release this as a comedy special?

  35. peter says:

    I love her! shes one of the few ladies that make me die laughing.

  36. Andrew says:


  37. Maria says:

    LOVED THIS TALK. Loved seeing the few old pricks not give her the standing ovation too. You rocked it, Sarah!

  38. Todd S. says:

    Bravo! No doubt too much and too threatening for the usual computer nerd/Star Trek fans/pompous millionaires/billionaires at TED but wonderful nonetheless.

  39. josephine_b says:

    Sarah Silverman is hilarious! I love her honesty and how she directs us to the elephant in the room. She speaks the “unspeakable.” She’s wonderful and love how she pushes all the silly boundaries that actually separate us. She helps us laugh together. Thank you Sarah! Love you Sarah!

  40. Tommy McNulty says:

    Sarah… I do have unusual needs.. I will want to lick your butt- a lot… at times not suitable or right for a particular situation. Also I will want you to dress like that character in one of those Mad Max films.. as I am on a leash for you… and we’ll commandeer a short bus and cover it in barbed wire… don’t ask me why I will be too involved in ass licking you as you tell TMZ that I’m only an assistant and you have two pr people who will be breast suckling you in public soon. Also I want to attack Jimmy K on camera as your Jealous X… and be dragged off by his also fat security while I scream: stay away from her- you had your time and blew it- let me be with her tasty butt”

  41. Andrea says:

    I don’t even know what to say about this. LOL

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  43. Salq says:

    Great set, and Sarah has given me some of the biggest laughs in my life, but I get why TED didn’t use this. Most TED talks leave me interested in new tech or ideas, or philosophical about perspectives I didn’t necessarily have before. Sarah left me with “that was funny”.

  44. Tommy McNulty says:

    I see Salq’s point and I agree with him 100% Sarah should have talked just about her vagina, things that come out of it and things that have gone into it. The different moods her vagina goes through. Like The Vagina Monologues only her Vagina talks and answers questions: “Inside the Actors Vagina,” host James Lipton. I think Sarah could participate also by doing the side picture lip stretch thing and even do impressions of or mock things said by her vagina.

  45. moksha says:

    I am laughing with her and we are laughing at you… You being the overpriveledged trite white dumbasses willing to have your mind stroked for a happy ending… She took the premise of TED (aka overpriced tickets to an exchange of ideas) talks and played the audience and the corporate bullshit to a tee… Her “talk” began as a farce: “Honest Communication” taking up 1/100th of a screen used for otherwise “deeeeeeep thoughts.” Hell yes! She could go anywhere she wanted from there. And did. What a ride! Where other cocksuckers get up there and talk their ego trip about the next big game changer, she took a big dump on their elitist country club silver collection plate. That’s brave you idiots. And it’s also directly in line with “sharing ideas.” Just because those ideas don’t align with yours does not make them invalid. Fuck Chris for condemning her- she pushed the edge of what TED should really stand for– acceptance that ideas are just ideas and if we can’t communicate them in a forum that stands for such then the whole shebang is just a bunch of greedy hypocrites with their snake oil medicine show… Perfectly played Sarah. Mad respect for an improv show based on exactly what TED supposedly stands for! Eat your own crap hypocritical overpriveledged pompous fuckfaces!

  46. KAS says:

    I love Sarah and this is one of her greatest performances. I can relate to her depression as I have depression and I have always said I don’t want to have children because they will inherit this mental disease that runs in my family, and I want to adopt. There is no shame in saying you would like to adopt a mentally retarded terminally ill child, they deserve a family and a home just as any other child does. This routine was hilarious, thanks Sarah :)

  47. Jake says:

    Sorry Sarah…I’m a fan, but this appearance was rather lame. I can’t argue with the critics. Not a very good performance.

  48. Travis H says:

    I watched this because I heard Sarah on the Stern replay and wanted to see her side because I am a fan. While it was a Sarah Silverman set and was funny she bombed and she should have known better. Sarah is defending her act when she should be apologizing for going into someone else’s house and shitting on the floor. She could have been her funny edgy self with something she wrote for the talk, but instead she did jokes that were meant to offend and tried to shove them down their throats.

  49. Elisabeth says:

    I just discovered this video whilst searching for “inspiring TED Talks.” This is an absolutely fantastic commentary on how so many self-improvement-focused, introspective people have their heads up their ass. SO grateful she is the type of person who is fearless and bold enough to be honest and real and ridiculous in front of a group of people who use some new “perspective” on themselves and life in general. Go Sarah!

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