Sarah Sil­ver­man’s show asks di­vided U.S. to give love a chance

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY LYNN EL­BER

Sarah Sil­ver­man is out to show that Amer­i­cans can bridge even their deep­est dif­fer­ences and en­joy a laugh as well.

Speak­ing to a TV crit­ics’ meet­ing Thurs­day, Sil­ver­man said that’s the goal for her fall Hulu se­ries, “I Love You, Amer­ica.’’

Sil­ver­man said the show is in­tended to be the op­po­site of an echo cham­ber, in­stead al­low­ing Sil­ver­man to con­nect with “un­like-minded peo­ple’’ across Amer­ica. That’s reg­u­lar peo­ple, not politi­cians, and no mock­ery will be in­volved, she said.

The show is in­tended to be in­tel­li­gent and mov­ing but also silly, Sil­ver­man said.

“Any­thing smart that’s in there will be served in a big, fat, bready sand­wich of su­per, su­per dumb, be­cause that’s how I like my com­edy, and I don’t like to be told what to think,’’ she said.

The edgy comic ac­knowl­edged she knows what it’s like to be a tar­get, shar­ing a few of the crude and in­sult­ing tweets she’s re­ceived.

She’s reached out to some of her de­trac­tors and found com­mon ground, Sil­ver­man said, in­clud­ing with a coun­try singer in Nash­ville. She said the singer, whom she didn’t iden­tify, stays in touch and sends her his new cuts.

“I Love You, Amer­ica,’’ which Sil­ver­man is pro­duc­ing with, among oth­ers, Os­car-win­ning screen­writer Adam McKay (“The Big Short’’), is sched­uled to de­but Oct. 12. It will in­clude stu­dio and field pieces, a mono­logue and a reg­u­larly ap­pear­ing fo­cus group made up of peo­ple “from all walks of life,’’ Sil­ver­man said.

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