The Scene’s Jack Silverman interviews comedian Sarah Silverman in anticipation of her upcoming set at the Schermerhorn
by Jack Silverman for The Nashville Scene
Published 18 April 2013
Whether it’s rape, the Holocaust, Jesus, race, vaginas, penises or anuses (ani?), comedian Sarah Silverman has yet to meet a sensitive topic she didn’t like — which only makes the announcement on the Schermerhorn Symphony Center website that Silverman’s April 23 performance will be “presented without orchestra” all the more disappointing. Poop jokes with a string section? We’d have killed to see that. Maybe they can at least set up the timpani section for the anal-sex routine. Regardless, it’s a can’t-miss show for comedy fans.
In a recent email interview with the Scene, Silverman discussed Tennessee politics, Holocaust jokes, the hubbub over her TED talk about wanting to adopt a mentally challenged child, and the comedy website JASH:
I’m a Silverman too. Did you ever have an Aunt Myrtle or Uncle Bob in Cleveland, Ohio? If so, I might have to bag this interview to avoid appearance of conflict of interest. Nope, no relation. We are safe to procreate!
Is it harder to be funny in email? Not at ALL – see: Oh …
You did some great pro-Obama videos. What do you think of his performance so far? I’m enjoying some blind faith. He isn’t perfect, but I believe in him. And I believe he is ultimately good. I don’t understand signing a bill that helps GMOs, and I can’t imagine our first lady was cool with that, but there are so many shitty loopholes grandfathered into bills and stuff that I’m sure it’s hard to do the right thing all the time. Right? Fuck, I don’t know.
Is it tougher doing crude humor as a woman? Is there a crude-humor double standard? Firstly, I don’t know the answer to that because I’ve only ever been a woman. That said, I think it’s natural that women are the cruder, more graphic comics right now because women are going through some real-life shit right now (more…)