Co­me­dian ups se­cu­rity af­ter threats

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SARAH Sil­ver­man has to have metal de­tec­tors at her gigs be­cause of threats she has re­ceived.

The 46-year-old Amer­i­can co­me­dian – whose A Speck of Dust com­edy spe­cial is now stream­ing on Net­flix – re­vealed that she now has ex­tra se­cu­rity mea­sures at her per­for­mances af­ter she an­gered some peo­ple with her tweets.

She told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter: “The last few legs of this tour, I got some. I’m not even that aware of it be­cause I don’t look at my men­tions much or any­thing; I don’t re­ally un­der­stand Face­book. I got, I guess, some threats and calls to my man­ager’s of­fice and stuff, and that made it so that they said you have to get metal de­tec­tors and se­cu­rity.

“I’m not Brit­ney Spears. I have to pay for it my­self, so it re­ally cuts into – but I mean I’d rather be alive.

“They had to have metal de­tec­tors at all my gigs and it was a lit­tle ridicu­lous. Peo­ple get very an­gry. I’m not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea.”

When asked, “Was that about the tweet you sent out that was in­ter­preted as you call­ing for a mil­i­tary coup?”, Sarah replied: “Yeah, and many other things, but that was the in­sti­gat­ing one.”

In the time be­tween this com­edy spe­cial and her last, Sarah lost her mother and two close friends, Har­ris Wit­tels and Garry Shan­dling, and she ac­knowl­edged that her work was in­flu­enced by the losses and also by her own near-death ex­pe­ri­ence when a sore throat turned into “a freak case of epiglot­ti­tis”.

Sarah said: “In the time be­tween my last spe­cial and this spe­cial, ac­tu­ally in the span of un­der two years, I lost three of the clos­est peo­ple in my life and al­most died my­self.

“In a lot of ways, even if not on the sur­face, it re­ally in­formed what the spe­cial was and it was kind of a no-brainer to ded­i­cate the spe­cial to the peo­ple I lost.

“Pre­par­ing for this spe­cial had so many starts and stops. I mean, I wasn’t pre­par­ing for a spe­cial nec­es­sar­ily, I was just do­ing stand-up and start­ing over in that way.

“A lot of times those starts and stops are be­cause you’re work­ing on a TV show or do­ing some­thing that takes you away from stand-up. But these starts and stops were all very emo­tional and were stops where I would go, ‘I can’t imag­ine. Am I sup­posed to go on­stage and tell jokes now?’ I couldn’t even pic­ture that.

“And then each time I would al­ways go back to stand-up be­cause I think comics sur­vive life by do­ing stand-up. That’s how they get through things al­ways. It al­ways led me back to there and I’m sure in lots of in­di­rect ways it in­formed the ma­te­rial I did.” – Bang Show­biz

PIC­TURE: EPA

SPOT­LIGHT: Sarah Sil­ver­man at the Academy Awards cer­e­mony in Hol­ly­wood last year.

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