Sarah Silverman

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Posted January 7, 2009 in

It’s a hoary cliché in comedy, one thrown out often by male comics, that women aren’t funny. Sarah Silverman is funny (and a woman), so maybe the old stereotypes are wrong after all. Silverman got started in comedy in Greenwich Village in the early ’90s, hitting the local clubs and honing her act, one that often features riffs on race, ethnicity, and sex. Often, when she’s at her best, Silverman highlights the bizarre and complicated thought processes that go into our thinking about such matters. Her first big break came when she was hired as an actor and writer for SNL during the 1993-94 season. Producers fired her after one season, by fax of all things, ultimately freeing Silverman to further develop her comic persona.  She then had stints on The Larry Sanders Show and the HBO acerbic sketch show Mr. Show, as well as a bunch of small to medium sized roles in films like School of Rock and There’s Something About Mary. It was 2005’s Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic though that showcased Silverman’s stand up to a wider audience. Originally released in only eight theaters, the film is a great introduction into the purposely shocking comedic ramblings of the comedienne. It also really jump-started Silverman’s career, leading to a gig hosting the MTV Video Music Awards where she unabashedly joked about Brittney Spears’ sexual escapades and generally shocked the crowd with her honest observations about celebrity. Since then she’s sung about screwing Matt Damon, created the Sarah Silverman Show on Comedy Central, and has become one of the hottest tickets on the comedy rodeo. Catch her this Saturday. She Funny. (Bill Gerdes)

 

Sarah Silverman at the Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, (800) 827-2946; www.fantasyspringsresort.com; Sat., Jan. 10, 8PM. Tickets $49-$79

 


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