‘Bri­tain? I could live in Boots’

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out with comic friends — or bring­ing a ba­sic idea on stage and see­ing if it goes any­where.

How do you pre­pare for a per­for­mance? SS: I don’t think or worry about it un­til right be­fore the show. Then I take a half-hour and re­ally fo­cus and make a ba­sic game plan, then there’s no time to worry be­cause it’s show­time.

Who are your in­flu­ences and he­roes of com­edy?' SS: Garry Shan­dling, Steve Martin, Woody Allen, Al­bert Brooks, [US ac­tress and writer] Ruth Gor­don.

Why the cur­rent sup­port for Obama? SS: I’ve never been moved by a politi­cian. Obama is the first one in my life­time that has in­spired me, and so many peo­ple. Plus, I’m gen­uinely ter­ri­fied of the al­ter­na­tive.

Do you think your pro­file is help­ing raise aware­ness among younger and older Jewish vot­ers, and can Florida be turned? SS: I hope so. Any lit­tle bit will help. Florida is Bush land.

How does be­ing Jewish in­flu­ence your com­edy and your life? Does it an­noy you to be la­belled as any­thing other than a co­me­dian? SS: The “ma­jor Jewish co­me­dian” la­bel can be less than thrilling — to be co-opted by a peo­ple be­cause (to some peo­ple) I may be “good for the Jews”. I am Jewish and proud of this cul­tur­ally and eth­ni­cally — the ways in which I was born this way and am happy with whom I am. I re­ally don’t have re­li­gion, though. I am ag­nos­tic to the core. Hope­ful, but ag­nos­tic. I just can’t imag­ine many of th­ese things [in Ju­daism] are true. My sis­ter, though, is a rabbi and she’s taught me lessons that, God or not, have taught me good things.

Do you en­joy be­ing Jewish — not so much from a re­li­gious point of view, but the as­sump­tions that come with it and the iden­tity? SS: Sure. Can’t imag­ine not.

Do you still en­joy what you do, or has some of the ro­mance evap­o­rated from the days when you would do open mic spots and re­ally graft? SS: I love it. I al­ways have and I still do. I love the com­mu­nity of com­edy and comics and I love get­ting out there.

What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? SS: We just fin­ished 10 more episodes of my show, The Sarah Sil­ver­man Pro­gram, and the DVD of Je­sus is Magic is out or about to be out soon.

When will you be back in the UK? I don’t know when I’ll be back, but I’m loving it here. I could live in Boots. Sarah Sil­ver­man: Je­sus Is Magic is re­leased on DVD by Warner Mu­sic En­ter­tain­ment

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