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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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Video: Sarah protests V-tax with sex change

Posted by Gator on October 8th, 2014

Don’t miss Sarah’s new public service announcement concerning the gender gap!

And to learn more about the cause…

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Go here to see full credits for the PSA video.

UPDATE: This is what Sarah tweeted in response to the extensive online backlash about the video from the trans-gender community who accused Sarah of being  insensitive to their plight:

If I literally got a sex change I would indeed find the work force far less friendly. The video wasn’t transphobic it was transignorant – never crossed my mind. But to my *unintentional* credit- people are talking about it & so begins awareness. Please don’t punish this cause because of my video. I certainly don’t only fight for causes that concern or benefit me and I expect the same of the vital trans community.

Will Sarah be at Garlin/Sheen taping Saturday?

Posted by Gator on October 7th, 2014

We previously told you that Sarah’s boyfriend, Michael Sheen, will be the interviewee when Jeff Garlin does his live taping of his By the Way podcast at Largo October 11. But look what Sarah just tweeted about the show.

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Pics: Sarah back to L.A.

Posted by Gator on October 7th, 2014

Sarah looked relaxed as she arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on October 6, after a triumphant success hosting Saturday Night Live in New York. On Thursday (October 9) she is hosting a benefit at Largo.

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Sarah’s album opens at #2 comedy spot

Posted by Gator on October 6th, 2014

The album of Sarah’s We Are Miracles comedy special, which was released September 23, has debuted at the #2 spot on Billboard’s comedy albums chart. An October 3 Billboard article pointed out that it’s Sarah’s first time in the Billboard comedy top ten. The album of her previous special, Jesus Is Magic, reached a top place of #12 on the Billboard comedy chart in 2006, according to the article.

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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: Read the rest of this entry »

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.