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Sarah Silverman (Sarah Kate Silverman,Sarah 'Big S' Silverman )

Sarah's satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics such as racism, sexism, and religion by having her comic character endorse them in an ironic fashion.

Silverman first gained notice as a writer and occasional performer on Saturday Night Live and starred in and produced The Sarah Silverman Program, which ran from 2007 to 2010 on Comedy Central.

Background

  • Ethnicity: She is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage.

  • Silverman was born in Manchester, New Hampshire.

    Silverman is the youngest of four siblings: Rabbi Susan, screenwriter Jodyne, and actress Laura Silverman. She is Jewish, though was not "raised with any religion.

    Silverman currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her dog, Duck.

    Silverman has been a vegetarian since the age of ten.She has also said that she does not consume alcohol because it nauseates her.Her autobiography, published in April 2010, entitled The Bedwetter, explores the subject, among others.

    Silverman was in a relationship that began in 2002 with comedian Jimmy Kimmel.In July 2008, Vanity Fair reported that the couple had split, ending their relationship of five years. However, in October 2008 the media reported they were on "the road back to being together.The couple attended the wedding of Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky together, but split again in March 2009.

    Silverman began dating American television writer Alec Sulkin in early 2010.The pair met via Twitter after Silverman sent him a personal message. They split up months later (October 2010) but remain friends.

    Silverman and comedian Kyle Dunnigan have been "in a relationship" since October 2011.

    She is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage.

    ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius

  • Education

    • She appeared in musical theater productions during the school year.

      For college, Silverman decided to go to New York University. Instead of focusing on her dramatic studies there, she spent most of her time trying to catch a break at the local comedy clubs. Silverman eventually dropped out to work on her comedy full time.

    Career

    • 1993–2007: Career beginnings and Jesus is Magic:

      Silverman first received national attention in the 1993–94 season of Saturday Night Live (SNL) as a writer and featured player. She was fired after one season because only one of the sketches she wrote survived to dress rehearsal, and none aired.She parodied the situation when she appeared on The Larry Sanders Show episode "The New Writer" (1996), playing Sanders's new staff writer, whose jokes are not used because of the chauvinism and bias of the male chief comedy writer, who favors the jokes of his male co-writers. She appeared in three episodes of Larry Sanders during its final two seasons.

      Silverman was a featured performer on the HBO sketch comedy show Mr. Show (1995–97). She made TV program guest appearances: on Seinfeld in the episode "The Money" (1997); on Star Trek: Voyager in the two-part time travel episode "Future's End" (1996); on V.I.P. in the episode "481⁄2 Hours" (2002); on Greg the Bunny as a series regular (2002); and on the puppet television comedy Crank Yankers as the voice of Hadassah Guberman (2003, 2007). She had small parts in the films There's Something About Mary, Say It Isn't So, School of Rock, The Way of the Gun, Overnight Delivery, Screwed, Heartbreakers, Evolution, School for Scoundrels, and Rent, playing a mixture of comic and serious roles.

      In 2006, Silverman placed 50th on Maxim Hot 100 List. In 2007, she placed 29th and appeared on the cover.

      2007–2010: The Sarah Silverman Program:

      Silverman's television sitcom The Sarah Silverman Program debuted on Comedy Central in February 2007.

      In January 2008 she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to show Jimmy Kimmel, her boyfriend at the time, a special video.Silverman guest-starred in a second-season episode of the USA cable program Monk as Marci Maven. She returned in the sixth season premiere and for the 100th episode of Monk.

      She also appears in Strange Powers, the 2009 documentary by Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara about cult songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields. Silverman wrote a comic memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, which was published in 2010.

      2011–present: Take this Waltz and other projects:

      Silverman played a dramatic role alongside Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen in the film Take This Waltz, written and directed by Sarah Polley. The film was well received when it premiered in Toronto in 2011 and was picked up by Magnolia for U.S. distribution in summer 2012.

      A single-camera comedy pilot by Silverman was given the go-ahead by television network NBC in 2011 after a bidding war between multiple networks.

      On September 20, 2012, Silverman made a public service announcement (PSA) criticizing new voter identification laws that create obstacles to the ability of certain U.S. populations to vote in the November presidential election, i.e., young, old, poor, and minority citizens. The project was financed by the Jewish Council for Education and Research (JCER) and was co-produced by Mik Moore[35] and Ari Wallach (the pair that also co-produced The Great Schlep and Scissor Sheldon).

      Silverman also provided the voice for Vanellope von Schweetz, one of the main characters in the 2012 Disney animated movie Wreck-It Ralph.

      She is in the creative team that writes and produces the content for the YouTube comedy channel called JASH. The other partners are Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim (also known as Tim & Eric). The JASH channel premiered online March 10, 2013.

    Major achievements

    • Silverman's concert film, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, based on her one-woman show of the same name, was released in 2005.

      In June 2007 she hosted the Music Television Movie Awards.In September 2007 she appeared at the Music Television Video Music Awards.

      She is in the creative team that writes and produces the content for the YouTube comedy channel called JASH. The other partners are Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim (also known as Tim & Eric). The JASH channel premiered online March 10, 2013.

      On July 16, 2012, Silverman set up a website called "Scissor Sheldon" on which she proposed to perform sexual acts with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson in exchange for his making a monetary contribution to the Barack Obama campaign for reelection.

      At the 2011 Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, in an interview with Yigal Ravid, Silverman spoke about her support for solar power as a project on which Israelis and Palestinians could work together. Silverman endorsed solar energy not only as good for the environment but as a peace-building industry as well.

      Once wrote an article for Penthouse Magazine.

      She did her first stand-up gig at age 17.

    Works

    • The Sarah Silverman Program

    Religion

    Agnostic

    Denomination: Jewish

    Views

    Quotations: "I don't set out to offend or shock, but I also don't do anything to avoid it."

    I like my life alone.

    I'm Jewish, but I'm totally not.

    I do love the idea of ritual.

    I still have highs and lows, maybe I don't cry salty tears as much.

    Personality

    Interests

    Influence:Steve Martin.

    Her favorite movie is The One and Only (1978).

    Music & Bands: Indie rock, alternative country, indie folk

    Connections

    • father: Donald Silverman - American
    • mother: Beth Ann Silverman - American
    • Sister: Susan Silverman - American - feminist rabbi
      Susan lives in Jerusalem, Israel, with her husband, Yosef Abramowitz, the co-founder and president of Arava Power Company, and their five children.

      Co-author, with husband Yosef Abramowitz, of the book 'Jewish Family & Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children".
    • Sister: Jodyne L. Speyer - American - screenwriter
      Author of 'Dump 'Em: How To Break Up With Anyone From Your Best Friend to Your Hairdresser'.

    • Sister: Laura Silverman - American - voice actress, actress,voice actress
      Laura Jane Silverman (born June 10, 1966, in Bedford, New Hampshire) is an American actress/voice actress. She is best known for portraying a fictionalized version of herself alongside her sister in Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic and The Sarah Silverman Program.
    • James Christian "Jimmy" Kimmel (born November 13, 1967).He is the host and creator of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk show that airs on ABC. Prior to that, Kimmel was best known as the co-host of Comedy Central's The Man Show and Win Ben Stein's Money. Kimmel is also a television producer, having produced shows such as Crank Yankers, Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, and The Andy Milonakis Show. He is also known for his hit single, the rap song titled "Briefcase Joe" featuring Eminem.
    • partner: Kyle Dunnigan - American - comedian
      Kyle Dunnigan appeared in stand-up comedy shows on Comedy Central like Comedy Central Presents,and has made appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He had a recurring role as Trudy Weigel's serial killer boyfriend, Craig Pullin, on Comedy Central's Reno 911!and appeared in the Reno 911 movie.He also was a cast member on Fox's Cedric the Entertainer Presents. He was also a cast member on Howie Mandel's practical joke reality show Howie Do It.He headlined Laugh-A-Palooza in August 2012 and promised to "high five"those who went to the show.
    Sarah Silverman
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    Born December 1, 1970
    (age 46)
    Nationality
    • 1993 - 2007
      writer,actress, SNL,Home Box Office
    • 2007 - 2010
      actress, Comedy Central
    • 2011
      actress, National Broadcasting Company

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