Actress and comedienne born December 1, 1970, best known for her incredibly dark and vulgar sense of humor, and her show The Sarah Silverman Program
. She was a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live
for the 1993-1994 season, but didn't show off the humor she'd be known for today and was let go after a season via faxnote
. In the early 2000s she appeared as a regular on Mr. Show
and Greg the Bunny
and a recurring voice actor on Crank Yankers
, showcased her Standup Comedy
act in the 2005 film Jesus Is Magic
, made a memorable appearance in the documentary The Aristocrats
, and frequently guested on then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel's late night show.
On the big screen she has had supporting roles in such films as School of Rock
, There's Something About Mary
, and A Million Ways to Die in the West
. On TV she has made guest appearances in Frasier
, The Good Wife
, Masters Of Sex
(alongside her current boyfriend, Michael Sheen
, Star Trek: Voyager
, and V.I.P.
. She's also done animated voice work, in the film Wreck-It Ralph
and on such shows as American Dad!
, Bob's Burgers
, and The Simpsons
- Alliterative Name
- Ambiguously Brown: Her very unique facial structure probably had some people wondering if she was, say, part-Chinese when they first saw her. Ironically, she once joked about getting out of jury duty by saying: "I love Chinks." She's actually an Ashkenazi Jew, and therefore has Semitic facial features.
- Black Comedy Rape: Alluded to be the subject of it in a lot of her stand-up routines.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor / The Teetotaler: She abstains from alcohol in real life, citing her "Jewish stomach".
- She is an enthusiastic consumer of marijuana, however.
- Christmas Songs / Anti-Christmas Song: "Give the Jew Girl Toys"
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Most of her acting roles are this.
- Country Matters: Never has it been so catchy!
- Cross-Dressing Voices: She and her sister Laura voice Ollie and Andy Pesto, respectively, on Bob's Burgers.
- Genki Girl: They are also often this. Marci Maven is arguably the best example.
- Girlish Pigtails: She often wears her hair in these.
- Homemade Sweater From Hell: here.
- Innocent Bigot: Much of her shtick, particularly in her TV series, is that the character she portrays is a naïve racist who doesn't know any better.
- J-Word Privileges: She probably wouldn't be able to get away with half of her jokes about Jews if she wasn't Jewish herself. Then again, she makes plenty of jokes about non-Jews as well.
- The Lad-ette
- Le Film Artistique: Her YouTube video "Fête des Pets" ("Fart Party").
- Ms. Fanservice
- Papa Wolf: Sarah's father.
- Playing Against Type: Vanellope von Schweetz in Wreck-It Ralph was initially caught up in Silverman's (deserved) reputation as a vulgar comedienne – it is a Disney film, after all – but once the movie came out and people saw it, they realized that Van (and Sarah) had Hidden Depths.
- Then there's her "Uncle Sarah" iPhone app, which basically casts her in the role of babysitter for toddlers. (No, really.) She's also appeared in an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba.
- She's also had more serious supporting roles in the dramedy films Peep World and Take This Waltz, and will have a straight dramatic role in the 2015 film I Smile Back.
- Precision F-Strike: Although she's usually pretty vulgar, she's a master of knowing just when to unleash a particularly nasty word.
- Real-Life Relative: Sarah's sister Laura is an actress in her own right, and they often team up for projects (most notably The Sarah Silverman Program and Bob's Burgersnote ). She also has another sister (Jodyne) who writes screenplays.
- Sad Clown: She has clinical depression she speaks openly about.
- Screwed By NBC: She was on Saturday Night Live for one season, didn't appear much in sketches or had the chance to showcase the type of humor she'd be known for later, and was then faxed a statement saying that they didn't need her back. This, along with Janeane Garofalo's time on the show (which was said to be worse), was proof for a lot of people to claim that SNL wasn't kind to women back before Tina Fey turned it around and showed that crude, satirical humor knows no gender. Despite this, she came back to host SNL during its 40th season.
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- Stealth Insult: Pretty much the Don Rickles of the back-handed compliment.
- Toilet Humor: Often. She's also not afraid to poke fun at (and even wrote a book about) the bedwetting problem she had as a child and is 99.9% cured of these days.
- Verbal Tic: Often says "you know?" after she says a sentence in her standup.
- Vulgar Humor
- What If the Baby Is Like Me?: She doesn't want biological children in case they inherit her depression.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Sarah does, frequently. Examples here◊ and here◊.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Frequently with aforementioned shorts.