Sarah Silverman is a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. Her act is highlighted by both witty and satirical observation as well as a propensity to crack wise about topics most of us feel uncomfortable even thinking about. It’s not unusual for Silverman to make jokes about rape, pornography, racism, Nazis, and 9/11.
The highlight of Silverman’s career was the 18 weeks she spent as a performer on Saturday Night Live (1993-1994). She was fired at the end of season. Not one of her sketches made it to air. More than a decade later, Silverman gained her own television show on Comedy Central. The Sarah Silverman Program aired on basic cable from 2007 to 2010. Silverman created the program with Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. One of the stars of the show was Laura Silverman, Sarah’s real-life sister. On the show Laura played Sarah’s younger sister but in real life she’s four years the comedian’s senior.
Silverman has appeared in a number of films including School of Rock (2003), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and A Million Ways To Die in the West (2014). She has also appeared in the documentary film The Aristocrats (2005). In the film, she jokingly claimed that she was raped by radio and television personality, Joe Franklin. Franklin nearly sued her.
Years before, during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Silverman used an ethnic slur during a joke. Guy Aoki from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans found the joke offensive. While O’Brien apologized for the incident, Silverman did not and publically doubted Aoki’s sincerity.
Silverman was born on Dec. 1, 1970. She grew up in New Hampshire and her mother was George McGovern’s personal campaign photographer. Sarah has four older brothers and sisters although one died when they were three months old. Silverman first performed stand-up at the age of 17. She attended New York University but failed to graduate.