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More about Sarah’s Israel gig

Posted by Gator on December 20th, 2014

This excerpt from today’s Ha’aretz (Israel) article has some quotes that weren’t previously  published. (Sarah was accepting an achievement award Thursday from the 16th annual Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.)


In preparation for her visit, Silverman, who came on stage in skinny jeans and a puffy ski jacket, told the crowd that she had designed and mailed some peace-themed T-shirts to – the first sign of a problem – her sister’s old address.

“Yeah, I sent them to Suzie’s old address,” she sighed, referring to her sister Susan Silverman, a reform rabbi who lives in Jerusalem with her husband and five children, including said Bar Mitzvah boy. “So whoever lives there has $400-worth of T-shirts I made.”

The T-shirts, Silverman continued brightly, read — in Hebrew and Arabic, with English on the back — “Be brave and love each other.”

“I was so proud of it,” she recounted. “I told my boyfriend, ‘I made these T-shirts!’” And he is like ‘Umm, that’s nice,’ And I’m like ‘what?’ And he’s like, ‘What, this girl from West Hollywood comes from her doorman building to Israel and says (whiny voice) ‘You guys, come-on!!!! Just get along!’”

“I think it’s a little more complicated,” she concluded mock-sheepishly. “I think maybe if I was a Palestinian or an Israeli and saw you in that T-shirt, I would be like ‘Fuck you.’

“But I brought some anyway,” she concluded. “Because I think they look good on my boobs.”

During her previous – and first – visit to Israel three years ago, she asked an audience in Tel Aviv whether there were any Palestinians in the crowd.

 “It was such a stupid question!” she reflected in her talk. “I was so naïve. Yael, the show manager said, ‘You know, a Palestinian COULD come here if they really wanted, but it would take them about eight hours, you know, getting detained along the way and all.”

Silverman noted she did not so much grow up “Jewish” as “Jew-ee” in New Hampshire, and that when her sister Susan told their dad she wanted to be a rabbi, he said, ‘I didn’t know you were Jewish!’ (“My sister always says it best,” she added. “We all thought growing up Jewish in New Hampshire just meant you were a Democrat!”)

“I’m not very worldly,” she shrugged. “This is my second time in Israel and I’m like ‘Wait! This is how far from my apartment?” She paused. “But I made it.”

Sarah honored & interviewed at Israel Film Fest

Posted by Gator on December 19th, 2014

While Sarah is in Israel to attend her nephew’s bar mitzvah, Sarah also was a featured guest December 18 at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. This is primarily Renee Ghert-Zand’s Times of Israel report on her appearance, with some additional information from Debra Kamin’s 12/19/14 Variety article:

121914JFilmFest1epSarah Silverman and her raunchy brand of comedy lit up the Jerusalem Cinematheque as she made a special appearance at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival on Thursday evening, the third night of Hanukkah.

The provocative funnywoman accepted an achievement award from the festival for her contributions to film, television and new media, and also engaged in a freewheeling on-stage interview with Israeli comedic actress and TV host Einav Galili that followed a screening of her 2013 HBO special, “We Are Miracles.”

Prior to the screening, the comedian was honored with an achievement award, presented by Cinematheque founder and Jerusalem film maven Lia Van Leer, who told Silverman, “You are a miracle!”  Silverman was given a gold Chanukah menorah, which she joked looked like a pair of brass knuckles before slipping it onto her right hand to prove her point.

The standing-room-only audience, comprising mainly young people drinking beer from bottles, was clearly appreciative of Silverman and predisposed to her comedy, which involves an abundant use of expletives and tackles controversial topics like racism, sexism and religion.

With regard to the latter two topics, Silverman, dressed in skinny jeans and a puffy ski jacket, did not mince words in expressing her anger at discrimination against women at the Western Wall, where she had been earlier that evening. The comedian had joined her sister, Jerusalem resident Rabbi Susan Silverman, and other Women of the Wall activists for Hanukkah candle lighting at the Wall’s women’s section. (more…)

Sarah courts controversy in Jerusalem

Posted by Gator on December 18th, 2014

Currently visiting Israel, Sarah was part of attempted Hanukkah activism at Jerusalem’s holy Western Wall today. Fans know that Sarah’s sister Susan, a Jerusalem rabbi, and Susan’s daughter, Hallel Abramowitz, are active members of the Women of the Wall, with a mission to gain equal treatment for women who worship at the holy site. While in the past, Sarah’s sister and niece have even been arrested during civil disobedience, in this case they appear only to have had their menorahs confiscated by the police. This is how it was reported by Ha’aretz:

 Haaretz    The Jewish-American comedian Sarah Silverman joined Women of the Wall, the multidenominational prayer group, for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Jewish holy site this evening.

     Her sister, Susan Silverman, is a Reform rabbi who lives in Jerusalem and an active member of the women’s organization. The comedian’s niece was featured in a special bus poster campaign in Jerusalem urging young girls to hold their bat-mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall.

     Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Western Wall rabbi who is in charge of protocol at the site, rejected a request by Women of the Wall to erect a large candelabra in the women’s section, similar to the one in the men’s section, so that they could hold their own separate candle lighting ceremony.

     Organization activists decided that they would bring their own Hanukkah menorahs from home and hold a joint candle-lighting ceremony tonight at the Western Wall. But when they arrived at the entrance to the holy site, their menorahs were confiscated at the security checkpoint. Only when a leader of the organization called police to complain were the menorahs returned. 

Religionnews.com had updated information that said, after WotW called the police, they were permitted to have their lighting ceremony at the wall:

121814religionnewsserviceLater, the group called the police and was allowed to enter.

“We lit 28 menorahs placed on silver foil in the women’s section,” Hoffman said. “We sang and we danced around the menorahs. This was the very first time in the history of Israel that women have lit a menorah at the wall. It was very moving.”

Hoffman said Silverman, who is in Israel to attend the bar mitzvah of her nephew, the son of Women of the Wall activist Rabbi Susan Silverman, “joined us when I explained the absurdity of the rabbis’ position.”

“She’s such a public Jewish figure, a strong feminist who isn’t afraid to speak her mind,” said Shira Pruce, the group’s press liaison.


Photo: Women of the Wall’s Anat Hoffman, sisters Susan Silverman and Laura Silverman, Sarah, and niece Ashira Abramowitz, lighting Hanukkah candles December 18 at the Western Wall.

Sarah headed for holy land

Sarah reminisces during Stern b’day bash director’s cut

Posted by Gator on December 16th, 2014

On Friday, December 19, at 5 pm, Sirius/XM Radio 100 will premiere The Howard Stern Birthday Bash Director’s Cut, which is the previously aired broadcast of the event, but this time including “commentary and behind-the-scenes stories from many of the celebrities who were in attendance that evening”– Sarah among them.  Sirius has posted here a bunch of audio clips from the special, including two commentaries by Sarah: 

Sarah talking about audience reaction to her song, “Stop the Clock,” and about introducing her co-performer, Natalie Maines

Sarah talking about having been seated way in the back.

The Birthday Bash was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, January 31, 2014.

Sarah and Natalie Maines perform "Stop the Clock" at the Howard Stern Birthday Bash.

Sarah and Natalie Maines perform “Stop the Clock” at the Howard Stern Birthday Bash.

Sarah to be in Clown sequel

Posted by Gator on December 13th, 2014

This was reported on deadline.com 12/12/14:

Nearly six years after Punching The Clown won Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival, a sequel is in the works. Henry Phillips returns to star in Still Punching The Clown, which he again co-wrote with director Gregori Viens.  David Permut, Matt Ratner and Rick Rosenthal are producing the pic, which also stars J.K. JK Simmons Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Derek Waters, Ellen Ratner, Ginger Gonzaga and stand-up comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser and Doug Stanhope.

PunchingTheClown1PIn 2012 it was reported that Sarah was developing a TV series for Showtime based on Punching the Clown, but that never went forward.  Our chances of seeing a feature sequel looks more promising: On November 25, Phillips himself tweeted, “Punching the Clown 2 is now in the can. Look out for it next year!”

IMDB summarizes the plot of the 2009 original this way: This uproarious and smart new comedy tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen. After a booking mishap involving a Christian fundraiser, he decides he’s hit rock bottom. Seeking to shake things up, he moves to L.A. where his luck changes overnight. Thanks less to his inept manager than to a wild case of mistaken identity, he falls backwards into a string of packed gigs, a record deal and even the promise of love. But he who lives by the whimsy of show business dies by it, and reality hits him like a fist in the face: an innocent miscommunication over a bagel brands him a neo-Nazi in the world of tabloid journalism. Luckily, somewhere between rock bottom and nowhere lies the perfect terrain for his dark and hilarious songs.

Sarah honors Rivers at Power Women fete 12/10/14

Posted by Gator on December 11th, 2014

Sarah was one of many celebrities at yesterday’s 2014 Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast.  But while most were there to watch, Sarah was a featured speaker, introducing a video tribute to the late Joan Rivers. A transcript of her speech is here, or you can watch it yourself below.

Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter, also spoke.  Shonda Rhimes received the Sherry Lansing Award, which recognizes industry pioneers and leaders. Scholarship were given to 18 inner-city girls who participate in THR‘s Mentorship Program, which pairs girls with leading figures from the entertainment industry.

About the event, Sarah tweeted, “Had to get up at the crack o my ass but twas worth it. @shondarhimes’ speech made me a better man.”

Perez Hilton posted admiration for Sarah’s morning glamour: “There was Sarah, who would’ve been the most demure in her simple black dress if not for her pneumatic cleavage!”

The Women in Entertainment breakfast coincides annually with the publication of THR‘s “Women in Entertainment: Power 100” list. The breakfast was held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

You can see the complete “Power 100” list here. (No, Sarah is not on the list.)

Pics: Sarah at Power 100 Breakfast

Pics: Sarah at 2014 woman power breakfast

Posted by Gator on December 11th, 2014

Sarah on the red carpet of the 2014 Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast, December 10, 2014. (Related post is here.)