Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970 in Bedford, New Hampshire) is an American comedian and actress known for her incredibly dark and vulgar sense of humor, and for her late-2000s sitcom The Sarah Silverman Program.
She was a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live for the 199394 season, but didn't show off the humor she'd be known for today and was let go after a season via fax. Ironically, she came back to host the show for its 40th season and even pointed out that she wasn't featured much and her best performances was as a phony audience member who would ask the celebrity host questions, which leads to Sarah Silverman taking questions from herself using old clips from the 1990s episodes she was on. Despite this, Silverman had a handful of impressions: three when she was on the show (Cher, Natalie Merchant, and Marisa Tomei) and one when she came back to host (Joan Rivers, whose recent death was in the news at the time, so the show did a memorial sketch where Rivers gets a comedy roast in Heaven).
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 Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
On the big screen she has had supporting roles in such films as There's Something About Mary, Heartbreakers, School of Rock, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, The Book of Henry, and Battle of the Sexes. On TV she has made guest appearances in Frasier, The Good Wife, JAG, Masters of Sex (alongside her then-boyfriend, Michael Sheen), Monk, Seinfeld, Star Trek: Voyager, and V.I.P.. She's also done animated voice work, in the film Wreck-It Ralph (and its sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet) and on such shows as American Dad!, Bob's Burgersnote , Futuramanote and The Simpsonsnote .
She has also starred in specials for HBO (2013's We Are Miracles, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for writing) and Netflix (2017's A Speck of Dust), hosted a weekly political comedy/talk show called I Love You, America for one season (201718) on Hulu, and in 2020 began hosting her own podcast called what else? The Sarah Silverman Podcast.
Her older sister Laura Silverman is also an actress, and has worked with her on numerous projects.
Sarah Silverman's works provide examples of the following tropes:
- Black Comedy Rape: Alluded to be the subject of it in a lot of her stand-up routines. Her routine in The Aristocrats might be the most notorious example.
- 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.
- Le Film Artistique: Her YouTube video "Fête des Pets" ("Fart Party").
- Ms. Fanservice: Often parodies this by juxtaposing dressing and acting in a sexualized manner with gross-out comedy. On occasion, she simply plays it straight.
- N-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.
- Older Than They Look: As of 2020, she's 50 years old, but looks like she's in her mid-30s at most.
- Precision F-Strike: Although she's usually pretty vulgar, she's a master of knowing just when to unleash a particularly nasty word.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: She's appeared in an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!, and has a cameo in The Muppets film. She's also the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz in the Disney movies Wreck-It Ralph and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Then there was her "Uncle Sarah" iPhone app, which basically cast her in the role of babysitter for toddlers. (No, really.)
- 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: Much of her humor veers into this territory, starkly contrasting her appearance and mannerisms.