Sarah’s tour a prep for TV special

Sarah’s winter tour is partly a prelude to filming a TV special, according to a recent Pennsylvania interview. (Fans who follow sarahsilvermanonline got early dibs on tour tickets, many of which are now sold out.)

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by Molly Eichel, Staff Writer

The comedian Sarah Silverman gained fame as a stand-up in the early aughts pairing her high, feminine voice with a dirty mind and sharp wit. She played  a character who is “strangely Pollyannaish and utterly absorbed in her own point of view,” as the New Yorker described her in 2005. On her Comedy Central sitcom, The Sarah Silverman Program (2007-2010), she one-upped the man-children (Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell) who characterized that comedic era by playing a woman so proudly infused with the spirit of a snotty 11-year-old it was a wonder her character was allowed into mainstream society.

But in the last few years, Silverman seems to have grown up. She got great reviews playing a drug-addicted housewife in I Smile Back in 2015, and she campaigned vigorously for Bernie Sanders, and then Hillary Clinton, culminating in a viral moment at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in the  summer. 

Silverman has returned to her roots as a stand-up comedian. She’ll play two shows at the Keswick Theatre, a sold-out one Sunday and another Monday night, in preparation for a stand-up special she’ll film in February.

You’re on the road again for the first time in a while.

It’s a little lonely but I love stand-up. I am a people person, though I get so embarrassed if I’m sitting at the gate for my flight each day and get stared at. I like hellos and being talked to like a human person, but the stares, because it’s just me, make my head feel very hot. I can’t explain the sensation more than just the feeling of embarrassment.

Stand-up is who I am. I’m a stand-up. It’s my constant. And I have so much bulls- I wanna tell you!

How do you characterize the Philadelphia audience?

I don’t know. I’ll let you know. I can’t wait! Todd Glass, one of my all-time favorite comics and beloved friend, is opening for me and it’s his hometown, so I’m excited.

You had a big moment in Philadelphia over the summer when you called a heckler “ridiculous.” Why did you respond?

Because I was there for Bernie. And Bernie was there for Hillary. And to see people screaming in other people’s faces with such rage in a time when we had to come together. And if you love Bernie, you’d do that for him, make sure that someone who listens to him, who is an ally, gets in office. That was the best way to love him. So it hurt me to see that behavior and I just said something. To those people I was looking at in front of my face in that moment. And you would have, too.

Your visibility as an activist was certainly upped this election cycle. How do you plan on continuing your activism in the coming years?

I don’t plan. My whole family has always been active citizens. One thing I’m focused on now is being aware of where my money goes and how I spend it and what I spend it on. The oligarchy sees us as consumers, not people. So what we do and don’t consume matters. Changing from a bank to a credit union is a great place to start.

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Pics: Sarah at LAX 1/9/17

Paparazzo photographed Sarah at Los Angeles Airport about to head back
to NYC, January 9.

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Sarah in LA benefit Thursday

Sarah will appear at Meltdown in Los Angeles on January 5 in a benefit for Planned Parenthood. Tickets are $15. Click pic below for tickets.

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Sarah program now on Comedy Central

Sarah tweeted that you can now stream all the episodes of the classic Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central, and at the same time revealed that her favorite is season 3, episode 4 (“A Slip Slope”). 

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Pic: Christmas with Kate, Lindsey, and more

December 26, Kate Beckinsale posted this pic on her Instagram, which preserves forever the joy she and her guests were experiencing at Christmas 2016.  Below is how it was reported on refinery29.
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Is everyone hanging out without me? Yes. Yes, they are.
     There were a lot of star-studded holiday hangouts we’d have killed to crash, but the one involving Kate Beckinsale, Sarah Silverman, and Lindsey Vonn might top the list. Some quick background: Beckinsale and Olympic skier Vonn are pals, and Silverman is the longtime girlfriend of her ex, Michael Sheen.
     According to Vonn’s Instagram page, the English actress hosted a festive affair at her home in Los Angeles, where a machine treated guests to the wonders of fake snow. If that all sounds too quaint for words, take a closer look at this group photo from the party. Hint: It’s right under their noses.
     “We are all nursing our Christmas nose ring hangovers today,” Beckinsale quipped of her guests’ (faux?) pierced septums.
     Well, it certainly gives new meaning to that whole “five golden rings” thing. Now, what does one do with a partridge in a pear tree?

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Beckinsale says Sarah will be at family Xmas

Michael Sheen’s ex, Kate Beckinsale, told Extra that she and Lily, daughter of Beckinsale and Sheen, will be joined by Sarah as they celebrate the holidays together in Los Angeles.

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As Kate Beckinsale promoted the fifth installment of “Underworld,” she opened up about her upcoming holiday plans!

Though Beckinsale and ex-husband Michael Sheen are no longer a couple, they are friendly exes who spend the holidays with their 17-year-old daughter Lilly. While revealing they are going stay in Los Angeles for the holidays this year, she shared, “I quite often go back to the UK for the holidays, but this time, I’ve been traveling so much, you know, with various work things, that I brought the UK to me, so I’ll have my… my family here and my daughter’s dad [Sheen] and his girlfriend [Sarah Silverman] will be here and it will be fun.”

She added, “Yeah, we’re pretty lucky… yeah… I really like my family… I got handed a good one, and then I think we, you know, we all helped construct a good one. We’re lucky.”

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Update: Sheen corrects Times article

In a December 17 profile of Michael Sheen, the London Times reported that the actor plans to quit acting, move back to Wales, and go into politics. Sheen has subsequently stated that the Times writer “misconstrued” what he had said, and that he does not necessarily intend to quit acting. Still, his move to Wales leaves Sarah fans wondering if the long-time couple plan to try for a Trans-Atlantic relationship, or if she’ll move with him. Sheen reportedly admitted that maintaining the relationship may be a challenge. This People article is the version updated after Sheen’s clarifying statement.

121716sheenquitshdln2     Michael Sheen says he wants to fight the rise in far-right populism.
     In an interview with the U.K.’s Times that was published on Saturday, Sheen said he thought it was important to stand up against the far-right and that he intended to get more involved in political activism.
“In the same way as the Nazis had to be stopped in Germany in the Thirties, this thing that is on the rise has to be stopped,” he told the Times.
     “It will be a big change for how people relate to me,” he said. “Once I’m in, I’m fully in, and this is big. As soon as you start to be effective, then people try to crush you, because it’s dangerous.”
     Sheen went on to explain that his participation in the National Theatre of Wales’s The Passion first inspired him to get involved in community organizations, and he said his increased political activism has been a “natural progression” to “having a more direct influence.”
     And while he admitted to feeling “terrified” in the current state of politics, he added there is “a freedom in it.”
     He also admitted that he was unsure if his relationship with girlfriend Sarah Silverman would survive his move back to England. The couple has been linked since February 2014 and both starred in Showtime’s now-cancelled Masters of Sex.
     “He really classes me up and I just pull him right down to my level unfortunately for him,” the comedian told James Lipton while appearing on Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio last year. “I could go on and on.”

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