That foul-mouthed JAP? It’s not really me
Controversial US comedian may have bombed in London last week, but she found time to give her views about God, Obama and her obsession with Boots
Whatdowe knowabout Sarah Silverman? She is 37, lives in Los angeles, and has a dog called duck. oh, and she is regarded as the world’s hottest and most controversial comedian, having carved a reputation in her native United States for taboo-busting stand-up routines — subjects covered include race, rape and abortion — delivered in the persona of a sweet-faced Jewish princess.
occasionally, her desire to shock misfires — her use of the word “Chink” to describe Chinese americans resulted in her having to defend her humour on national tV.
She recently hit the headlines for a non-comedic reason, being the impetus behind “the Great Schlep”. Under the slogan “Vote for obama, gonna visit Grandmama!”, she has been campaigning to urge US Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida and persuade them to vote for Barack obama in the presidential election. She protests that only a “douche-nozzle” — an unflattering reference to an intimate medical appliance — would not try to convince their grandparents to vote democrat in next month’s poll.
Like obama, Silverman herself has been trying to win over a nation — in her case, the British. She brought her stand-up show to London last week, although the move may have backfired. her material —a mix of old and new — went down fairly well, but some audience members were angry that she was on stage for only 45 minutes.
Nevertheless, she maintains she loves us Brits, thinking we are smarter than her “retard” of a nation — and she cannot get enough of topshop and Boots, visiting the stores “three days on the trot” during her latest trip, she says.
the JC caught up with Silverman before her show and on the night, in person and by email, to find out more about her retail preferences, and ask whether being Jewish has anything to do with her non-PC humour.
Playing with prejudices can be risky, for example your “I love Chinks” comment. Are there any boundaries? Sarah Silverman: well I just assume — at least hope — that the true intent of any comments come through. I don’t think half my stuff would be funny if the audience didn't feel at least a little bit safe that it’s not how I truly feel. or that who I really am transcends through the a******e just enough.
Do you think comedy should be about dark subjects, raising awareness about difficult issues — the Holocaust, for example? SS: I think you said it. though, people can’t help what topics cut them deep. It all depends on who’s inferring — and what the contexts of their lives are at the time, you know?
How do you write material for stand-up? Do you have a routine or formula? SS: If I have to write by a certain time, I can pull through, but usually I just let stuff happen, hanging
What made you want to be a comedian? SS: Making my family laugh when I was little — it became an addiction. It was a kind of survival. and it continues. desperate? Yes. hidden as well as possible.