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Rolling Stone calls Emmy Award-winning comedian Sarah Silverman “the most outrageously funny woman alive.”
She joins us to discuss her career as a stand-up, actor and author with moderator Andy Borowitz. Silverman’s first-ever HBO comedy special, We are Miracles, debuts on Saturday, November 23rd.
Emmy winner Sarah Silverman is as versatile of a performer as they come. Her repertoire includes everything from film and television, stand-up comedy, to iconic online videos, and she added author to this list when she released a book in 2010, The New York Times Bestseller, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Silverman recently wrapped production on Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West opposite Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, which will be released next year, and she will soon debut a new hour-long stand-up special, We are Miracles, on HBO in November. Additionally, Silverman is a part of JASH, a new comedy collective on YouTube featuring original content by Silverman (and friends Michael Cera, Tim & Eric and Reggie Watts).
Silverman was nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category for her portrayal of a fictionalized version of herself in her Comedy Central series “The Sarah Silverman Program.” This marked Comedy Central’s first ever Emmy nomination in a scripted acting category. She also received a WGA nomination for her work on the show. Silverman won a Primetime Emmy in 2008 in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for her musical collaboration with Matt Damon. In addition, she was honored with a Best Actress Webby Award for her online video “The Great Schlep,” in which she persuaded young Jewish kids to encourage their grandparents in Florida to vote for President Obama prior to the 2008 election.
Last year Silverman voiced a character in the Oscar nominated Disney animated film Wreck It Ralph, alongside John C. Reilly, and she was also seen starring opposite Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen in the Sarah Polley dramedy Take This Waltz. In 2004 Silverman made an impressive splash with her concert film Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic. Directed by Liam Lynch, the film garnered major attention at the Toronto Film Festival and created huge national buzz. Silverman also garnered critical praise in the documentary feature, The Aristocrats in which 100 of the industry’s most prominent comedians tell a version of the same joke. Her other film credits include, Peep World, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, The School of Rock, There’s Something About Mary and The Way of The Gun.
Silverman co-starred on the Fox comedy “Greg the Bunny”, and has guest starred in a slew of acclaimed and notable television shows such as the Emmy nominated drama “The Good Wife,” and “Monk,” which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2008 in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category, “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Seinfeld,” and “Mr. Show with Bob and David.” Silverman also lent her voice to the Comedy Central show, “Crank Yankers.”
Silverman was dubbed “the most outrageously funny woman alive,” by Rolling Stone. With her comedic timing and stage presence it’s no surprise that Sarah has been asked to host major award shows. In 2007 she hosted the MTV Movie Awards and she has also twice hosted the Independent Spirit Awards.
Silverman grew up in New Hampshire and attended New York University. In 1993 she joined “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and feature performer and has not stopped working since.
Silverman currently resides in Los Angeles.
Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. In 2001, he created the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012.
He has published two recent best-selling books: The 50 Funniest American Writers, which became the first title in the history of the Library of America to make the Times best-seller list; and a memoir, An Unexpected Twist, a No. 1 best-seller, which Amazon named the Best Kindle Single of 2012. His Twitter feed, @BorowitzReport, has more than four hundred and fifty thousand followers and was voted the best Twitter feed of 2011 in a poll by Time.
As a comedian, he has performed sold-out shows around the world and has made countless television and radio appearances, including on National Public Radio, VH1 and Comedy Central. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (the Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (the Daily Beast), “the funniest human on Twitter” (the Times) and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News’ “Sunday Morning”).