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Video: Behind scenes at Sarah/Chelsea shoot

Posted by Gator on October 9th, 2014

Sarah and Chelsea Handler did a photo tribute to iconic movie characters Thelma and Louise in the October 20 double-issue of People magazine, and here’s a behind-the-scenes interview People posted.


Update: Below is the actual two-page spread (resized):



Adweek tells background of Sarah’s new ad

Posted by Gator on October 8th, 2014

Here’s today’s Adweek article that talks about the people who helped put together Sarah’s video for the National Women’s Law Center.


Droga5 was just 2 years old in 2008, with nothing like the profile it has now, when it teamed up with Sarah Silverman for “The Great Schlep,” encouraging Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida and get them to vote for Barack Obama.

“The Great Schlep” won millions of views along with a slew of ad awards. (Talking to Adweek earlier this year, Silverman called the reaction to it “a big beautiful surprise.”) Now, she and the New York agency have reunited for another hilarious political campaign, the “Equal Payback Project,” aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women.

More about Sarah’s ’93-’94 season on SNL

Posted by Gator on October 5th, 2014

In the run-up to Sarah’s October 4 return to Saturday Night Live (as host this time, after having been a writer and featured player twenty years earlier), this multi-sourced article summarized well her time on the show in 1993-1994 (although we don’t agree that she was unmemorable).


It was interesting to see that, in  her promos for this week’s hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Sarah Silverman made light of her stint as a writer and featured player on Saturday Night Live twenty years ago. While many may know that Silverman is a former cast member of SNL, like some other short-lived female cast members — Julia Louis Dreyfus, Michaela Watkins, Casey Wilson, Jenny Slate — it’s not something we immediately associate with her.

In Silverman’s case, it’s because she had such a small presence during her one year stint on the show. As a writer, only one of her sketches made it as far as dress rehearsal (it didn’t make it into the final show), and as a performer, you’d be hard pressed to remember her from anything. Silverman made absolutely no impression. She herself admits that she “bombed” and that, during her stay, she did not write “one single funny sketch.”

Silverman is not bitter about it, though, nor did she hold any ill will toward the show (although, she does confess that the firing came as a surprise to her). It was simply part of a period in her early career where she struck out a lot (right after getting fired from SNL, she was also in a television pilot that was not picked up). Those setbacks would damage her psyche and made her more insecure for a time, but eventually, they also made her stronger, more thick-skinned, more resilient.

Silverman does not often talk about her year on SNL in interviews, however. Not because she’s upset about it, but because it’s “boring,” she says. She got the job. She lost the job. She was fired via fax. The End. She just wasn’t ready yet for SNLshe once told Terry Gross.

It was also crummy timing. Silverman came in at the end of the Boys’ Club Era of Saturday Night Live, and Silverman didn’t fit in, although she did apparently do well during Thursday meetings, when the rest of the cast was gloomy and downtrodden. “People look like they’re growing molds after, like, three in the morning. They’re sunk into the table like some sort of a fungus,” Michael McKean told The New Yorker. “Sarah just had this juice going at times. She used to remind me of Tigger. In the midst of all this gloomy, fearful dialogue there was this crazy girl jumping around.”

Bob Odenkirk, who was a writer on Saturday Night Live during her year, and who would later bring Silverman to Mr. Show, explained to The New Yorker why it didn’t work out for Silverman:

“I could see how it wouldn’t work at ‘S.N.L.,’ because she’s got her own voice, she’s very much Sarah Silverman all the time. She can play a character but she doesn’t disappear into the character—she makes the character her. She doesn’t really do character voices. She puts out stuff that she would appreciate and then you can like it or not — she doesn’t give a sh*t.”

The experience wasn’t a complete loss for Silverman. In fact, she used her experiences in an episode of The Larry Sanders Show that parodied Saturday Night Live. In the episode, “The New Writer,” Silverman played a writer whose ideas were consistently rejected because of the chauvinism of the writing staff.

If only Silverman had survived the cast purges after the 1994 season and 1995 seasons (5 were fired or left after 1994, and 9 were fired or left after the 1995 season, and Mike Meyers left midway through the ’95 season), maybe Silverman could’ve made it to the Tina Fey era, when things finally began to shift for women on Saturday Night Live. She could’ve had a completely different career, but then again, it’s hard to complain about the terrific one she’s had so far. After all, it brought her full circle back toSaturday Night Live, where she’ll be hosting this weekend.

Video: Sarah on Seth Meyers show 10/2/14

Posted by Gator on October 3rd, 2014

These are the three pieces into which NBC has divided its upload of Sarah’s October 2 appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. (If you also want to see her entrance, go to the full episode, and manually skip to timecode 17m:57s)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Video: Sarah in Single Shot episode 9

Posted by Gator on September 26th, 2014


Sarah is back on Jerry Seinfeld’s online mini-series, Single Shot, this week, but only briefly.  The episode (“Pee-Pee Time”) premiered Thursday. Sarah appears at 1m:38s, but it’s funnier if you watch some of the pieces before hers to get the theme. 

You can watch the episode (less than 3 minutes) at the CCGC site or at Crackle.com.

Go here to see her in other episodes of Single Shot.

‘Bedwetter: The Musical’ back in the news

Posted by Gator on September 25th, 2014

BedwetterMiniLogoBroadwayworld.com and other media are reporting that Sarah “revealed” on the Howard Stern Show this week that she is working on a stage musical version of her memoir, The Bedwetter. Even JASH ‘s tumblr site reposted the information as “breaking news.”

Fans know better. Sarah talked about that project in her Rolling Stone interview back in February. In case you’re a Sarah neophyte looking for more details, here’s the relevant piece of the Rolling Stone article. (But as you see, she hasn’t said much about the show yet.)

Sarah: I don’t know if I should say this, but I’ve been working on a musical of my book The Bedwetter with Adam Schlesinger [from Fountains of Wayne]. I wouldn’t be in it, but it’s all about my childhood stuff.

Rolling Stone: Will that be Off-Broadway in New York?

Sarah:  Yeah. But it’s such a long process. I probably shouldn’t say anything. But we have a first outline and we’re writing songs. It would be so dark, but a child would star in it. The character goes from six to 19. Adam Schlesinger is the one who thought about turning the book into a musical. I couldn’t believe it. I’m so excited about the prospect of it. It would be so cool.

Sarah to be in New Hampshire Saturday

Posted by Gator on September 23rd, 2014

Sarah has been talking about it for months (beginning with her notorious Jesus video), and it is finally here: the September 27 Lady Parts Justice “V to Shining V” national event. This is how the newspaper of her home state’s capital, where she will be on Saturday, reported it this week (including answers from Sarah). [Click the tweet at the bottom for details about the Concord appearance.]


By Allie Morris, Monitor staff
Monday, September 22, 2014
(Published in print: Tuesday, September 23, 2014)

Women’s rights are a serious matter, and they’re under siege by politicians across the country. That’s the message from the national organization Lady Parts Justice, which is using comedy to spread the word.

The group, co-founded in 2012 by former Daily Show head writer Lizz Winstead, aims to use comedy, culture and digital media to foster a greater understanding of women’s reproductive rights.

“I hope that through the lens of humor we can expose how bad this War on Women has gotten and just what is at stake,” Winstead wrote in a 2012 post announcing the launch of Lady Parts Justice.

This Saturday, the group will launch “V to Shining V 2014” gatherings across the country meant to raise awareness about what and who are on the ballot this election cycle. Comedian Sarah Silverman will host a V to Shining V event at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Earlier this year, Silverman starred in a 5-minute Lady Parts Justice YouTube sketch about reproductive rights.

The comedian answered some of the Monitor’s questions by email this week.

How did you get involved with V to Shining V and Lady Parts Justice?

Lizz Winstead is one of my heroes, and she also happens to be one of my very best friends. When she formed Lady Parts Justice and V to Shining V, I told her I was all in!

Why do you think it’s an important cause?

Women’s rights are being chipped away at on the down low – at the state level – where a lot of us don’t tend to look, unfortunately. It’s important not just to be aware of what you believe is right but of what our lawmakers are doing. Because we hire them, with our vote or lack of vote. They work for us, and if we don’t like what they’re doing it’s our responsibility as citizens to get ’em out.

What is the most important issue facing women this election cycle?

It’s shocking that it’s an issue 40 years after Roe V. Wade, but a woman’s right to choose is a big one. As well as equal pay. Could you imagine in a million years a man being okay with being told by the government what he can and can’t do with his own human body? No way. Because it’s unacceptable. Do you think men would be just fine with being paid 77 cents to every dollar a woman is paid? No way. But that is the case with women’s pay. And the Paycheck Fairness act was killed. You know.

How is New Hampshire an important player in this movement?

It’s my home state. That’s why it concerns me most. And it’s imperative that we as N.H. women (and men!) are aware of who is representing our state and what they’re doing.

Why is humor the best way to get at this issue, and how have you found it draws people to the cause?

Because it’s getting informed without it being homework. Comedy through the years has always told the truth about history, and has been on the right side of history.