Interview: High-wire act and solitary life

The NY Daily News caught Sarah after she did the Howard Stern Show on Wednesday.


by Justin Rocket Silverman

Howard Stern had ravaged her and drained the usually witty brunette of her sass.

By the time she finished his show Wednesday morning and arrived at the Bowery Hotel, Sarah Silverman was too tired to laugh — even at the fact that the guy interviewing her shared the same last name.

Or maybe it just wasn’t funny.

“It’s the name I’ve always had,” Silverman said, gazing at the wall, with nothing else to say about the matter.

Apparently Stern had tried to get Silverman to instigate some “comedian-on-comedian crime” by asking her to name other comics that she didn’t like, something Silverman was not about to do.

“You want to be an interesting interview,” she said, “but you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, or make anyone in your life mad. So it’s a high-wire balancing act.”

Deflecting Stern proved exhausting, especially because Silverman kept her ex-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel’s advice in mind and answered all of Howard’s questions immediately. To pause would reveal weakness, or something she wanted to hide, and it was important not to give Howard a cue to start digging

“This interview is not funny at all, I feel so bad,” Silverman apologized to me. “I’m sorry, I’m boring.”

She has a lot more pep in her upcoming HBO special, called “We Are Miracles,” which premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. It’s an hour-long stand-up routine performed before an intimate crowd of 39 people at a club in Los Angeles.

“I get out of the shower, and I’m like, ‘Nice try, mirror, those are obviously my mom’s boobs,’” she jokes.

But the special also touches on more esoteric issues than aging breasts. Issues like the nature of science and miracles (hence the title), and dealing with trauma.

“Traumatic things happen to all of us,” Silverman says in the special. “We just don’t realize it because there’s no music informing us how to feel… There’s no slow motion.”

Perhaps the most poignant moment of the special is at the very end, when she leaves the theater and gets dissed by the thugs she shared a joint with earlier. In the final scene, Silverman walks off by herself down a dark and deserted L.A. sidewalk.

“Being a comedian is actually a very solitary life,” she said at the Bowery Hotel. “There are times you see other comics and it’s really fun… but for the most part you’re just on planes and in cars and in hotel rooms, and then you go on stage in front of a bunch of people, and then you go off stage and back to your hotel room… It can be just a very solitary existence. Ultimately, you’re alone, you know?”

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