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"I was always the class clown; I made my family laugh, and that was when I was always happiest."

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.

She was on Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured player for the 1993–94 season, but didn't show off the humor she'd be known for today. She later came back to host the show for its 40th season.

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 Late Night with Conan O'Brien and her then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. From 2007–10 she starred in The Sarah Silverman Program, a sitcom in which she played a humorously fictionalized version of herself.

On the big screen Silverman 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, Battle of the Sexes, and Marry Me (2022). 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!, Futurama, The Simpsons, and Bob's Burgers.

She has also appeared in comedy specials for HBO (2013's We Are Miracles, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for writing, and 2023's Someone You Love) and Netflix (2017's A Speck of Dust), hosted a weekly political comedy/talk show called I Love You, America for one season (2017–18) on Hulu, and since 2020 has hosted her own podcast called – what else? – The Sarah Silverman Podcast. The Bedwetter, a musical adaptation of her eponymous 2010 memoir co-written with Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews) and the late Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), premiered off-Broadway in 2022. She has also been tabbed to host Stupid Pet Tricks, a TBS series spun off from the recurring segment on David Letterman's late-night shows.

Silverman has dated fellow comedian and former Daily Show writer Rory Albanese since 2020. Her older sister Laura Silverman is also an actor, and has worked with Sarah on numerous projects.

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Sarah Silverman's works provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Casual Kink: Her reaction to the tweet directed at her on the "Mean Tweets" section on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    Random Troll: I wanna pee in Sarah Silverman's face, no reason behind it.
    Sarah: (suggestively) No reason needed.
  • 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 anyway, 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 (2011) 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 with her appearance and mannerisms.


F#@king Matt Damon

Sarah Silverman is f#@king Matt Damon.

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