You can read the whole Wired article based on their interview with Sarah at TIFF 2015, or you can read just our excerpts below, which exclude the comments and stories fans heard her tell in other forums at the festival.
On two views of the Laney character, the article quotes Sarah:
“I think people are gonna walk away from it and have very different views of the movie and who she is, if she’s sympathetic or she’s a fucking asshole.”
In the category, “Debunking the “Depression” Myth of Stand-Ups,” the article reports, “She can relate with Laney, but she believes it’s ‘partly romantic the idea that comedians are these depressed, dark creatures, but it’s a stereotype because there’s some truth in it.’ She pauses for a moment, [then adds], “I mean, look, we drop like flies.” [That’s a quip fans heard her make other times as well during TIFF.]
This section of the article is the first time we’ve heard Sarah get this specific about her own genuine knowledge of the character’s experiences: “The goodness and badness of this person is what most attracted Silverman to this role, and she identifies. ‘I know that kind of medication that makes you want to go off of it and self-medicate,’ she says. But what she dove into was ‘that process of detoxing.’ She continues, ‘sometimes I see people doing stuff on screen and I say, ‘You only know of that from television and movies.’ And we’ve all seen that detoxing scene, and I wanted it to be as real as possible.’”
In several venues, Sarah’s given her concurrence with Trevor Noah’s recent interview statement that “women are more powerful in comedy than men.” But in this article, she elaborates interestingly:
“’When I first started out, it was still pretty much a boy’s club,’ she says. ‘Now, if you’re a white guy standup, things aren’t so easy. Women run comedy.’ We both laugh in agreement that this is more than OK. It’s about damn time. She continues, ‘The only remnant of comedy being a boy’s club is that question.’ The people dominating comedy today, as she sees it, are ‘Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, and Tig, and Natasha Leggero, and Jen Kirkman, and Chelsea Handler, and Chelsea Peretti.’ In contemplating why it is that men have controlled comedy for so long, she opines: ‘The reason for that historically is because men get girls for being funny if they’re not an Adonis.’ Conversely, ‘to get a boy, you don’t have to be funny.’ Wait, does she truly buy that rationale? She does. ‘I still think that women who became comics do so in very organic ways,’ she says. ‘It’s a survival skill, it’s a defense mechanism, it’s a way to survive childhood.’”