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Sarah’s long conversation with Andy Cohen 11/20/14

Posted by Gator on November 21st, 2014

As a recent stop on his current book promotion tour, garrulous talk show host Andy Cohen spent over an hour yesterday being interviewed by Sarah on stage at the Montalban Theater in Los Angeles. It’s fun to watch Sarah asking questions rather than answering them, and of course it treats fans to many moments of her spontaneous wit.  It was all streamed live on Bravo and the tape is still posted for your watching pleasure.

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Video: interviewed on Tompkins show 11/10/14

Posted by Gator on November 11th, 2014

Comedian/writer/actor Paul F. Tompkins has a web talk series called Speakeasy, and Sarah was his November 10 episode guest. Of course he talks to her about their days working on Mr. Show, but the interview also covers such standard topics as her We Are Miracles Emmy, her feelings about babies, and more. The interview is 18m:26s. Plus, in a separate 3 minute clip they play a game called Baked or Faked, in which Sarah is asked to identify whether marijuana strain names are genuine or made up.

Video: Sarah guests on Nealon series

Posted by Gator on November 3rd, 2014

Here is Sarah as Kevin Nealon’s guest on episode 7 (11/3/14) of his series, Laugh Lessons.

 

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And here’s what they’re calling a “bonus” Sarah clip.

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.


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

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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.

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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.
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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).

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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