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HBO signs Sarah for comedy series

Posted by Gator on December 18th, 2014

The Hollywood Reporter says Sarah has signed on to star in a pilot for a new, yet untitled, comedy for HBO. She will also be one of five producers of the show.

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Sarah Silverman is returning to HBO.

The untitled comedy is described as a comedic look at a pathologically honest woman (Silverman) having a modern midlife crisis.

Silverman will star and executive produce the comedy. Secret Diary of a Call Girl‘s Lucy Prebble will pen the script and exec produce alongside Silverman, Ash Atalla (Trollied, Cuckoo), Silverman’s manager Amy Zvi, and Dan Hine (Cuckoo).

The new Silverman vehicle brings the actress back into the HBO fold following People in New Jersey, the comedy pilot from SNL’s Lorne Michaels and Bruce Eric Kaplan (Girls) that did not move forward. That comedy centered on life today as told through the prism of an adult brother (Topher Grace) and sister (Silverman) living in New Jersey.

Should HBO’s new Silverman vehicle go to series, it would mark her first small-screen series role since Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program.

Repped by CAA, Thruline and Ziffren Brittenham, Silverman’s credits include a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Bob’s Burgers and Wreck-It Ralph. She recently picked up an outstanding writing in a variety special Emmy for her HBO comedy special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, which was also nominated for best variety special. We Are Miracles recently earned a Grammy nomination for best comedy album. She’ll next be seen in the Sundance drama I Smile Back.

For HBO, the Silverman vehicle marks its second comedy pilot in the works, joining its untitled newspaper entry from Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin (which is being redeveloped). On the drama side, the cabler still has Laughs Unlimited in the works.

The pilot order comes as HBO is preparing its next batch of offerings after picking up comedies Togetherness, The Brink and Ballers to series in addition to reviving The Comeback.

SNL audience victim of Sarah does AMA

Posted by Gator on October 6th, 2014

CapLindseyLapHere’s a Q and the A from the Reddit AMA hosted by Lindsey, the audience member on whose lap Sarah sat as part of the monologue on the October 4 Saturday Night Live. (Lindsey was great, by the way. Watch the clip if you haven’t already; Sarah goes into the audience at 5:45 remainder time.)

Q: Wow, this is awesome, thanks for doing this! I was watching with my buddies last night and I was insisting to them that they had to have let the person know that she was going to be in the monologue on live TV. Guess I was wrong :) Anyways, what was going through your head as Sarah was walking up to you and about to sit on your lap?

A: Nope I had no clue, and I have no connections whatsoever to the show, other than being a fan! (People asked me that afterwards. They thought it was scripted.)

What was running through my head: “holy shit, no this is not happening. Is this for real? Uh, I have to say something?! Don’t fuck up, don’t fuck up… Sit up straight. My hand is on her back – where do I put my hand? I shouldn’t leave it on her back, right? Don’t look at the screen. Shit, I looked at the screen. My friends and family are probably going crazy – I can’t believe this is happening!” And I felt like it lasted forever! Definitely one of the most memorable moments of my life.

And here’s more from Lindsey about her experience at the show: (more…)

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: Hosting SNL 10/4/14

Posted by Gator on October 5th, 2014

Here are links to highlights of the October 4 Saturday Night Live, with Sarah hosting (and appearing in almost every sketch). We’re using Hulu links because NBC website links are working inconsistently.  Or you can watch NBC’s post of the full episode here.
We anticipate links from either source to expire in late November.

Monologue

Monologue

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Fault in Our Stars parody trailer

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Joan Rivers in heaven sketch

Supportive Women TV series sketch

Supportive Women TV series sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whites ad film

Whites ad film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamix ad sketch

Vitamix ad sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poem film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Update musicians commentary

Weekend Update musicians commentary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two other sketches featuring Sarah are not online:
the “Singing trio on river cruise” sketch
and the “Ride from the airport” sketch (Try this link)

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 with Maroon 5 in new SNL promos

Posted by Gator on October 2nd, 2014

Here’s another set of promos for this Saturday’s SNL episode. In these, Saturday’s musical guests, Maroon 5, join Sarah.

To be on Seth Meyers show tonight

Posted by Gator on October 2nd, 2014

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Sarah will guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC) October 2.