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26th Oct 2009

Monday // 5pm // 4 years ago




DAMN!!!
DAMN!!!

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago

Wikipedia Defines Sarah Silverman

Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American comedienne, writer, actress, singer, and musician. Although usually credited as Sarah Silverman,she is sometimes credited by her nicknameBig S.[1] Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics such as racismsexism, and religion.

She often performs her act as a caricature of a Jewish-American princess, mocking bigotry and stereotypes of ethnic groups and religious denominations, by having her comic character endorsing them in an ironic fashion.[2][3][4]

Silverman was first noticed as a writer and occasional performer on Saturday Night Live. She now stars in and produces The Sarah Silverman Program, which debuted February 1, 2007, on Comedy Central.[5]

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago
"I really think everything is fair game."
— Sarah Silverman

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago

ROME - Comedian Sarah Silverman has a new proposal for ending world hunger: Sell the Vatican.

ROME - Comedian Sarah Silverman has a new proposal for ending world hunger: Sell the Vatican.

In a new profanity-laced monologue making the rounds onYouTube in time for U.N. World Food Day on Friday, Silverman suggests that it’s time for the pope to “move out of your house that is a city” and use the proceeds to feed the world’s poor. (See the video here.)

"On an ego level alone you will be the biggest hero in the history of ever!" she exclaimed. "Sell the Vatican. Feed the world."

The Vatican clearly has no plans to follow suit. On Thursday, a spokesman declined to comment. But the Catholic League, the U.S. Catholic civil rights organization, denounced Silverman and cable broadcaster HBO for her “obscene” and “filthy diatribe.”

In a statement, it noted that such an attack would never have been leveled against, say, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem or the state of Israel and added that the “Catholic Church operates more hospitals and feeds more of the poor than any private institution in the world.”

Yet the Rev. James Martin, culture editor of the Jesuit magazine America, says Silverman may be onto something. In an online article, Martin noted that Jesus himself told his followers to sell what they had and give it to the poor.

"Of course Pope Benedict XVI could not ‘sell’ any of the treasures of the Vatican, the same way that your local archbishop couldn’t sell off the cathedral at a whim; they are not his, they are the church’s,” Martin wrote. “And the church is not simply the hierarchy but the entire people of God.”

But he added: “Still, perhaps Ms. Silverman, in her postmodern, potty-mouthed way is on to something. Like Jesus was. Sell the Vatican? Well, maybe not everything but perhaps a statue or two?”

For the record, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, which just released its annual report on the state of world hunger, says global food output will have to increase by 70 percent to feed a projected population of 9.1 billion in 2050.

To achieve that, poor countries will need $44 billion in annual agricultural aid, compared with the current $7.9 billion, the Rome-based FAO said. Overall, an annual net investment in agriculture of $83 billion is needed to feed the world.

Even if the pope were to sell the Vatican, it wouldn’t be enough.

In 2004, the Vatican disclosed that the Holy See’s real estate was worth 700 million euros, or about $908 million at the time. That doesn’t include St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, which the Vatican termed priceless and valued at a symbolic 1 euro.

While the Vatican’s artistic holdings are obviously worth millions, the institution itself doesn’t bring in a lot of cash. In 2008, it ran a euro0.9 million ($1.28 million) deficit, the second year of losses. Revenues were euro253.9 million and expenses euro254.8 million.

The Vatican began publishing its finances in 1981, when Pope John Paul II ordered financial disclosure to debunk the idea that the Vatican was rich.

Silverman, who is no stranger to religiously and racially charged slurs, gained international attention with her 2008 “The Great Schlep” campaign in which she exhorted Jews to go to Florida to convince their grandparents to vote for Barack Obama.

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago
"I don’t set out to offend or shock, but I also don’t do anything to avoid it."
— Sarah Silverman

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago
Love’s it

Love’s it

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago

DCist Interview: Sarah Silverman

  • DCist Interview: Sarah Silverman
  • Over 60 comics are about to descend on D.C. for the Bentzen Ball, a four day collection of comedy performances at venues ranging from the 9: 30 Club and the Black Cat to the Studio and Lincoln Theatres, and even Ben's Chili Bowl. Presented by our friends over at Brightest Young Things, and curated by comic Tig Notaro, it surely must be the biggest comedy festival to ever hit the nation's capital.
  • Plenty of big names are on the schedule, among them festival opener and local boy made good Patton Oswalt (whom we interviewed earlier this year), and Sarah Silverman, who performs at the final show at the 9: 30 Club on Sunday. Silverman has been busy lately, to say the least, just finishing up shooting the third season of Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program, as well as initiating a bold new campaign to end world hunger. In between all that, she was kind enough to answer a few brief questions from DCist.
  • What do you enjoy doing most these days? Stand-up, TV, film?
  • Right now I've been working on the TV show for six months, and my stand up is so shitty, because I haven't been doing it enough. I need to take some time and go to NYC and work stuff out and get back on track.
  • Your act, whether your stand-up or your show, is very much about a making a caricature of yourself; how much of the real you makes it into that caricature? How do you decide where that line is?
  • I don't think too much about it. I would say my character on the show is more Bugs Bunny than me.
  • Of the work you've done so far, what are you proudest of? What was the most fun to do?
  • I love the show and working with everyone there. We're all friends. Same with stand-up. Tig said, 'Let's all go to D.C. and be together and laugh and raise money for wounded soldiers.' We all get to hang out and see each other, and it's for such a good cause. It's gonna be super fun.
  • How much do you watch your previous work? What are the advantages & disadvantages of doing so?
  • Not much. Though I'm watching the show in all its incarnations as we edit. So, I'm kind of past the stage where you freak out seeing yourself.
  • It seems that at some point in the career of every comedian who goes into acting, there comes the inevitable "serious" lead role. Do you have any desire to go there? If you did, what sort of role would you like it to be or could you really see yourself doing?
  • Hmm...I don't know...Black Beauty's life story?
  • I once read you compare your approach to comedy to Peter Sellers' character in Being There, in that you just do what you do, and if people find something profound in it, that's mainly in their perception/reaction, because you're just trying to go for laughs. Are there comics who can TRY to say things of significance, and succeed at both that and being genuinely funny, or does the funny necessarily suffer when you've got an agenda to get across?
  • I don't know. I think when you see someone "trying," it's a turnoff. You can't force people to infer what you want them to infer. I think it's best not to control it or even consider it – best to focus on what's on your mind and what's making you giggle. And if it's aggressively dumb, great, and if there's something someone gleans from it, super. But once it's out there, it's theirs. It's not for you to define. Is that corny? I think I just preached not to deconstruct while deconstructing.
  • Since we've touched on a film there, what movies, or performances in the movies have really made an impact on who you are as a performer?
  • Rushmore, Defending Your Life, Ordinary People, The Squid and the Whale, Groundhog Day, Jesus' Son.
  • Without getting spoiler-y, is there anything you can tell us about what we can expect from the third season of The Sarah Silverman Program?
  • It's the best season yet, for sure.

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 8am // 4 years ago
"But I think you can make fun of anything as long as it’s funny enough."
— Sarah Silverman

25th Oct 2009

Sunday // 7am // 4 years ago
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