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Sarah Silverman

b. December 1, 1970

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Sarah Silverman until we are able to commission a full entry.

Comedian Sarah Silverman at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Courtesy of Joan Garvin

Comedian Sarah Silverman has used her raunchy and irreverent deadpan humor as much to raise awareness about issues like women’s health as to entertain. Silverman performed standup for the first time in Boston at age seventeen, and after a year at NYU she dropped out to pursue standup comedy full time. From 1993–1994 she was a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and though she was fired after one season, she credited the experience with making her stronger and more driven. She joined the cast of Mr. Show from 1995–1997, released a movie of her one-woman show Jesus Is Magic in 2005, and from 2007–2010 ran the Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central, all while performing in movies ranging from There’s Something About Mary to Wreck-It Ralph. She won two Emmy awards, one for her song “I’m F**king Matt Damon” and one for writing We Are Miracles. She has created PSAs and viral videos to call attention to issues including voter registration and contraception, and has participated in Women of the Wall with her sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman. In 2010 she published her autobiography, The Bedwetter.

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