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Sarah Silverman
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Silverman at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Birth nameSarah Kate Silverman
Born (1970-12-01) December 1, 1970 (age 47)
Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S.
MediumStand up, television, film, radio
Years active1990–present
GenresBlue comedy, black comedy, political satire, insult comedy, musical comedy, character comedy
Partner(s)
  • Jimmy Kimmel (2002–2009)
  • Michael Sheen (2014–2017)
Relative(s)
  • Laura Silverman (sister)
  • Susan Silverman (sister)

Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970)[2] is an American stand-up comedian, actress, producer, and writer. Her comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics, such as racism, sexism, politics, and religion, sometimes having her comic character endorse them in a satirical or deadpan fashion.[3][4][5] For her work on television, she has won two Primetime Emmy Awards.

Silverman was 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, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.[6] She released an autobiography The Bedwetter in 2010. She also appeared in other television programs, such as Mr. Show and VIP, and starred in films, including Who's the Caboose? (1997), School of Rock (2003), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014). In 2015, she starred in the drama I Smile Back, for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

During the 2016 election, she became increasingly politically active; she initially campaigned for Bernie Sanders, but later spoke in support of Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.[7][8] Since 2017, she has hosted the Hulu web television late-night talk show, I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 1992–2007: Career beginnings and Jesus Is Magic
    • 2.2 2007–2010: The Sarah Silverman Program
    • 2.3 2011–present: Take This Waltz and other projects
  • 3 Controversies
    • 3.1 Media Action Network for Asian Americans incident
    • 3.2 The Aristocrats
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Politics and activism
  • 6 Discography
    • 6.1 Videos
    • 6.2 Albums
    • 6.3 Singles
    • 6.4 Audiobooks
    • 6.5 Soundtracks
  • 7 Books
  • 8 Filmography
    • 8.1 Film
    • 8.2 Television
    • 8.3 Music videos
    • 8.4 Video games
  • 9 Awards and nominations
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links

Early life[edit]

Silverman was born in Bedford, New Hampshire,[9][10][11] to Beth Ann (née Halpin; 1941–2015)[12] and Donald Silverman. She was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. Beth had been George McGovern's personal campaign photographer and would found the theater company New Thalian Players, while Donald has training as a social worker and also ran the clothing store Crazy Sophie's Outlet.[13][14] Silverman's parents divorced and later remarried others.[15][16] Silverman is the youngest of five siblings. Her sisters are Reform rabbi Susan Silverman, screenwriter Jodyne Silverman, and actress Laura Silverman; her brother Jeffrey Michael died when he was three months old.[17] Born into a Jewish family,[18] she considers herself secular and non-religious.[19][20][21] She was in attendance when women lit menorahs at the Western Wall for the first time, in December 2014.[22] Her ancestors were from Poland and Russia.[23]

The first time Silverman performed stand-up comedy was in Boston at age 17. She described her performance as "awful".[24] After graduating from The Derryfield School in Manchester (Class of 1989), she attended New York University for a year but did not graduate. Instead, she performed stand-up comedy in Greenwich Village.[15][25][26][27]

Career[edit]

1992–2007: Career beginnings and Jesus Is Magic[edit]

After beginning her stand-up comedy in 1992, Silverman was part of the 1993–94 season of Saturday Night Live (SNL) for 18 weeks as a writer and featured player. She was fired after one season where only one of the sketches she wrote survived to dress rehearsal and none aired, although she did appear on the show as a cast member in skits, usually in smaller supporting roles. Bob Odenkirk, a former SNL writer, explained, "I could see how it wouldn't work at SNL because she's got her own voice, she's very much Sarah Silverman all the time. She can play a character but she doesn't disappear into the character—she makes the character her."[25] She has stated that she was not ready for SNL when she got the job.[28] She said that when she was fired it hurt her confidence for a year, but after that nothing could hurt her and that she attributes her time to SNL as being a key reason why she has been so tough in her career.[28] Later, she was grateful that her SNL time was short because it didn't end up defining her.[29] She parodied the situation when she appeared on The Larry Sanders Show episode "The New Writer" (1996), playing Sanders' 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.

She also starred in the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show (1995–1997) and had the leading role for the 1997 independent film Who's the Caboose?, about a pair of New York comedians (Silverman and director Sam Seder) going to Los Angeles during pilot season to try to get a part in a television series; the film features numerous young comedians in supporting roles but never received a widespread theatrical release. Silverman and Seder later made a six-episode television series sequel entitled Pilot Season in which Silverman stars as the same character and Seder again directed. She made her network standup comedy debut on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 3, 1997.[30][31]

Silverman made several TV program guest appearances, including on Star Trek: Voyager in the two-part time travel episode "Future's End" (1996); Seinfeld in the episode "The Money" (1997); VIP in the episode "48​12 Hours" (2002); 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 2005, Silverman released a concert film, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, based on her one-woman show of the same name. Liam Lynch directed the film, which was distributed by Roadside Attractions. It received 64% positive ratings based on 84 reviews on the film critics aggregator Web site Rotten Tomatoes,[32] and earned approximately $1.3 million at the box office.[33] As part of the film's publicity campaign, she appeared online in Slate as the cover subject of Heeb magazine and in roasts on Comedy Central of Pamela Anderson and Hugh Hefner.

Silverman played a therapist in a skit for a bonus DVD of the album Lullabies to Paralyze by the band Queens of the Stone Age. Silverman also appears at the end of the video for American glam metal band Steel Panther's "Death To All But Metal." On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Silverman parodied sketches from Chappelle's Show, replaying Dave Chappelle's characterizations of Rick James and "Tyrone" as well as a Donnell Rawlings character based on the miniseries Roots. In 2006, Silverman placed 50th on Maxim Hot 100 List.[34] In 2007, she placed 29th and appeared on the cover.[35]

2007–2010: The Sarah Silverman Program[edit]

Silverman at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007

Her television sitcom The Sarah Silverman Program debuted on Comedy Central in February 2007, the series had 1.81 million viewers[6][36] and portrays the day-to-day adventures of fictionalized versions of Silverman, her sister Laura, and their friends. A number of comedic actors from Mr. Show have appeared on The Sarah Silverman Program. Silverman was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award[37] for her acting on the show. At the awards ceremony, she wore a fake mustache. Comedy Central canceled The Sarah Silverman Program after three seasons.[38]

In June 2007, she hosted the MTV Movie Awards. During her opening act, she commented on the upcoming jail sentence of Paris Hilton, who was in the audience, saying: "In a couple of days, Paris Hilton is going to jail. As a matter of fact, I heard that to make her feel more comfortable in prison, the guards are going to paint the bars to look like penises. I think it is wrong, too. I just worry she is going to break her teeth on those things."[39] In September 2007, she appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards. Following the comeback performance of Britney Spears, Silverman mocked her on stage, saying: "Wow, she is amazing. I mean, she is 25 years old, and she has already accomplished everything she's going to accomplish in her life."[40]

In January 2008, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to show Jimmy Kimmel, her boyfriend at the time, a special video. The video turned out to be a song called "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" in which she and Matt Damon sang a duet about having an affair behind Kimmel's back. The video created an "instant YouTube sensation."[41] She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. Kimmel responded with his own video a month later with Damon's friend Ben Affleck, which enlisted a panoply of stars to record Kimmel's song "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck".[42] On September 13, 2008, Silverman won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for writing the song "I'm Fucking Matt Damon".[43] 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. According to the audio commentary on the Clerks II DVD, director Kevin Smith offered her the role that eventually went to Rosario Dawson, but she turned it down out of fear of being typecast in "girlfriend roles". However, she told Smith the script was "really funny" and mentioned that if the role of Randal Graves was being offered to her she "would do it in a heartbeat." She appeared 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.[44]

2011–present: Take This Waltz and other projects[edit]

Silverman performing at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, January 2013

Silverman played Geraldine alongside Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen in Take This Waltz, written and directed by Sarah Polley. The film was well received when it premiered in Toronto in 2011[45] and was picked up by Magnolia for U.S. distribution in summer 2012.[46] At the Toronto International Film Festival, she told the press she'd deliberately gained weight for the part, which required a nude scene, emphasizing that Polley wanted "real bodies and real women."[47] In interviews, she warned fans not to expect too much.[48] However, she later told podcaster and author Julie Klausner that she had not really gained weight for the role and that the statements were meant as self-deprecating humor.[49]

On September 20, 2012, Silverman made a public service announcement (PSA) criticizing new voter identification laws that create obstacles to the ability of certain groups 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 & Research (JCER) and was co-produced by Mik Moore[50] and Ari Wallach (the pair that also co-produced The Great Schlep and Scissor Sheldon).[51]

Silverman voiced Vanellope von Schweetz, one of the main characters in the 2012 Disney animated film, 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, and Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (also known as Tim & Eric). The JASH channel premiered online March 10, 2013.[52][53][54][55] In Seth MacFarlane's western comedy film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, she played Ruth, a prostitute, who is in love with Edward (Giovanni Ribisi). It was released on May 30, 2014.

In 2013, HBO announced that Silverman would star with Patti LuPone and Topher Grace in a situation comedy pilot called People in New Jersey, produced by SNL's Lorne Michaels.[56] The pilot was not picked up for a series order.

Since 2017, she has hosted the Hulu web television late-night talk show, I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman.

Controversies[edit]

Media Action Network for Asian Americans incident[edit]

Silverman at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International

In a July 2001 interview on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Silverman used the ethnic slur "chink" in explaining that a friend advised her to avoid jury duty by writing a racial slur on the selection form, "something inappropriate, like 'I hate chinks.'" Silverman said she decided that she did not want to be thought of as a racist, so "I wrote 'I love chinks' – and who doesn't?"[57]

Silverman said the joke satirizes the racist thought process. Guy Aoki of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) objected to her use of the slur.[58][59] NBC and O'Brien apologized, but Silverman did not. Later, appearing on Politically Incorrect in July and August 2001, Silverman questioned Aoki's sincerity, accusing him of exploiting the opportunity for publicity. On a later episode, Aoki appeared with Silverman and stated he did not accept Silverman's explanation, saying that it was not successful satire and that comedians should consult groups such as his before performing such material. She stated in an NPR Fresh Air interview that she was asked to repeat the joke on Politically Incorrect, among other places, but eventually dropped it from her act because she felt it was becoming stale.[28]

Silverman has since turned the complaint into grist for her standup act, saying that the experience helped teach her the important lesson that racism is bad: "And I mean bad, like in that black way."[60]

The Aristocrats[edit]

A minor controversy arose over Silverman's performance in the documentary film The Aristocrats (2005). The film shows her doing the Aristocrats joke – a sample of transgressive art told by numerous comedians since the vaudeville era – like it was an autobiographical account of her life as a child sex performer. As part of the routine, she mentioned that Joe Franklin, a long-time New York radio and TV personality, would ask her to perform privately for him in his apartment, and as the punchline, deadpanned that "Joe Franklin raped me."[61]

After the film's release, Franklin took offense at Silverman's using his name in the routine and considered suing her. A month later, The New York Times noted he remained undecided but had said, "The best thing I could do is get Sarah better writers so she'd have funnier material."[62]

Personal life[edit]

Silverman became a vegetarian at the age of ten.[63] She is open about her lifelong battle with clinical depression, which at one point led to her developing an addiction to Xanax. She credited her subsequent emotional health to taking the prescription drug Zoloft.[26][64][65] She struggled with bedwetting from the time she was young until well into her teens and stated in a 2007 interview that she had wet the bed recently.[66]

Silverman's autobiography, published in April 2010, entitled The Bedwetter, explores the subject of bed wetting, among other subjects. She stated she did not want to get married until same-sex couples were able to.[67] In 2014, she tweeted "Just read that I wanna get married which is hilarious b/c I will never get married," adding, "Why would I want the govt involved in my love life? Ew. It's barbaric."[68]

She stated she does not want to have biological children because "there's just millions of kids that have no parents" in the world and to avoid the risk that they might inherit her depression.[69] In 2017, Silverman also said that she has prioritized her artistic career, constantly on tour, instead of motherhood.[70]

Silverman's real-life sister, Laura, played her sister on The Sarah Silverman Program. An older sister, Susan, is a rabbi who lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Yosef Abramowitz, the co-founder and president of Arava Power Company, and their five children.[15][71][72] Silverman considers herself culturally Jewish, which she has frequently mined for material, but says she is agnostic[20] and does not follow Judaism, claiming, "I have no religion. But culturally I can't escape it; I'm very Jewish."[73][74]

Silverman dated comedian and fellow SNL writer Dave Attell.[75] Silverman began dating Jimmy Kimmel in 2002.[66] She referred to the relationship in some of her comedy, joking: "I'm Jewish, but I wear this Saint Christopher medal sometimes; my boyfriend is Catholic – but you know ... it was cute the way he gave it to me. He said if it doesn't burn a hole through my skin, it will protect me."[25] In July 2008, Vanity Fair reported that the couple had split. However, in October 2008, the media reported they were on "the road back to being together".[76] The couple attended the wedding of Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky,[77] but split again in March 2009.[78] At the Emmy Awards in August 2014, Silverman acknowledged she and Welsh actor Michael Sheen were in a relationship.[79] Silverman said in February 2018 that the two had broken up over the holidays.[80][81]

In July 2016, Silverman spent a week in the intensive care unit at Cedars Sinai Hospital with epiglottitis.[82][83][84][85]

In an interview on The Howard Stern Show in October 2018, Silverman revealed that she was one of several female comedians who witnessed fellow comic Louis C.K. masturbate, which she said was a consensual act. Silverman stated she felt the act was not abusive, because of the absence of a power differential between the two.[86]

Politics and activism[edit]

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Silverman introduces Bernie Sanders at an August 2015 campaign rally in Los Angeles

In 2015, she signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women, as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in Ethiopia, respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[87]

During the 2016 election, she became increasingly politically active. In 2015, Silverman endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States, saying, "He says what he means & he means what he says & he's not for sale". She had previously introduced Sanders at a rally in Los Angeles, California that drew an audience of over 27,500 people.[7]

Though she initially supported Sanders, she later spoke in support of Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.[7][8] In her convention speech, she urged other Sanders supporters to back Clinton and, later, amid some boos from some Sanders supporters, said, "Can I just say? To the 'Bernie or Bust' people, you're being ridiculous."[88][89] The Washington Post and Politico called this one of the most memorable moments of the night.[90][91] The New York Times called her speech "the perfect breath of fresh air".[8] Michael Grunwald of Politico coined the term "Silverman Democrats" for Sanders supporters who followed Silverman's advice to support Clinton in the presidential election.[92]

Discography[edit]

Videos[edit]

Year Title Studio Formats
2006 Jesus Is Magic Roadside Attractions (Theatrical) / Showtime (TV) / Vivendi Entertainment/Lionsgate (DVD) DVD, Streaming, Download
2012 The Sarah Silverman Program The Complete Series Comedy Central/Logo (TV) / Shout! Factory (DVD)
2013 We Are Miracles HBO (TV/DVD)
2017 A Speck of Dust Netflix Streaming

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Formats Reference
2006 Jesus Is Magic Interscope Records CD, Download [93]
2010 Songs of the Sarah Silverman Program: From Our Rears to Your Ears! Comedy Central Records CD, Download [94]
2014 We Are Miracles Sub Pop Records CD, LP, Ltd. LP, Download [95]
2017 A Speck of Dust Netflix 2xLP [96]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Label Formats Reference
2005 Give the Jew Girl Toys Interscope Records Download [97]
2009 Alan Cohen Experience: Your Mother Should Know The Beatles Complete on Ukulele [98]
2017 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood Untitled (Live at Largo) 7-Inches For™, LLC 7" pink vinyl, Download [99]

Audiobooks[edit]

Year Title Label Formats Reference
2010 The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee Harper Audio CD, Download [100]

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Tracks Label Formats Reference
2002 Crank Yankers: The Best Uncensored Crank Calls, Vol. 1 "Jimmy & Jimmy's Mom: Penis Pump" Comedy Central Records CD, Download [101]
Crank Yankers: The Best Uncensored Crank Calls, Vol. 2 "Hadassah Guberman: Nanny Job"/"Waste Management" [102]
2003 Crank Yankers: The Best Uncensored Crank Calls, Vol. 3 "Hadassah: Lost $25 Chip" [103]
2005 The Aristocrats "A Glimpse of the Divine" V2 Records [104]
2011 The Muppets "Party of One" Walt Disney Records [105]
2017 The Bob's Burgers Music Album Tracks 52, 65 & 72 Sub Pop Records [106]
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet "A Place Called Slaughter Race" Walt Disney Records [107]

Books[edit]

  • The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Faber & Faber. 2010. ISBN 978-0571251261. (Humor/Memoir)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Who's the Caboose? Susan Also co-producer
1998 Overnight Delivery Turran
1998 Bulworth American Politics Assistant
1998 There's Something About Mary Brenda
1999 The Bachelor Carolyn
2000 What Planet Are You From? Woman on Plane Uncredited
2000 Screwed Hillary
2000 The Way of the Gun Raving Bitch
2001 Say It Isn't So Gina
2001 Heartbreakers Linda
2001 Evolution Denise
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Network Executive No. 3
2003 School of Rock Patty Di Marco
2003 Bad Santa Teacher Uncredited
2004 Hair High Cherri (voice)
2004 Nobody's Perfect N/A Short film
2005 The Aristocrats Herself Documentary
2005 Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic Herself Also writer
2005 Rent Alexi Darling
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Beth
2006 School for Scoundrels Becky
2007 Futurama: Bender's Big Score Michelle (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2008 Super High Me Herself Documentary
2008 A Bad Situationist Jamy Shonelike Direct-to-DVD
2009 Saint John of Las Vegas Jill
2009 Funny People Herself Cameo
2010 Peep World Cheri Meyerwitz
2011 The Muppets Restaurant greeter Cameo
2011 Take This Waltz Geraldine
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Vanellope von Schweetz (voice)
2014 Gravy Bethany
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Ruth
2014 Cops, Cum, Dicks and Flying Lieutenant Silverman Short film
2015 I Smile Back Elaine "Laney" Brooks
2015 Ashby June Wallis
2016 Punching Henry Sharon Levine
2016 You Can Never Really Know Someone Gretchen Short film
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Paula Klein
2017 The Book of Henry Sheila
2017 Battle of the Sexes Gladys Heldman
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Vanellope von Schweetz (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–94 Saturday Night Live Various roles 18 episodes; also writer
1995–97 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various roles 10 episodes
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Rain Robinson 2 episodes
1996; 1998 The Larry Sanders Show Wendy Traston 3 episodes
1997 Seinfeld Emily Episode: "The Money"[108]
1997 Brotherly Love Rosa Episode: "Pizza Girl"
1997 JAG Lt. Schiparelli Episode: "Blind Side"
1997 The Naked Truth Ali Walters Episode: "Look at Me! Look at Me!"
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Herself (voice) Episode: "Alderman"
1999 Late Last Night Jen Television film
2000 Manhattan, AZ Dakota Episode: "Jake's Daughter"
2000, 2013 Futurama Michelle (voice) 2 episodes
2000 Super Nerds Gwen Pilot
2000 Rocky Times Kate Pilot
2002 VIP Lucy Stanton Episode: "48 1/2 Hours"
2002 Saddle Rash Hanna Headstrong (voice) Pilot
2002 Greg the Bunny Alison Kaiser 13 episodes
2003 Frasier Jane Episode: "Maris Returns"
2003–07 Crank Yankers Hadassah Guberman (voice) 4 episodes
2004 Pilot Season Susan Underman 2 episodes
2004 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Robositter (voice) Episode: "Robositter"
2004 Drawn Together Bleh (voice) Episode: "The Other Cousin"
2004 Entourage Herself Episode: "Talk Show"
2004–08 Monk Marci Maven 3 episodes
2005 American Dad! Stripper (voice) Episode: "Stan Knows Best"
2005 Tom Goes to the Mayor Barb Dunderbarn (voice) Episode: "Pipe Camp"
2006 Robot Chicken Lt. Uhura / Cork's Big Sister / Playmobil Bunny / Woman (voices) 2 episodes
2007–10 The Sarah Silverman Program Herself 32 episodes; also co-creator, writer, and executive producer
2010–16 The Simpsons Nikki McKenna / Herself / Rachel (voices) 4 episodes
2011 The Good Wife Stephanie Engler Episode: "Getting Off"
2011 Childrens Hospital Britches Episode: "Ward 8"
2011 Bored to Death Lori Episode: "I Keep Taking Baths Like Lady Macbeth"
2011, 2013 The League Heather Nowzick 2 episodes
2011–present Bob's Burgers Ollie Pesto / Ms. Schnur / Lead Singer (voices) 31 episodes
2012–14 Louie Herself 3 episodes
2012 Susan 313[109] Susan Farrow Pilot; also co-creator, writer, and executive producer
2013 Out There Amy (voice) Episode: "Ace's Wild"
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Sarah Silverman Wears a Black Dress With A White Collar"
2013 People in New Jersey Melanie Levin Pilot
2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Herself Television special[110]
2013 Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles Herself HBO stand-up special; also writer and executive producer
2014 Maron Herself Episode: "Marc on Talking Dead"
2014–16 Masters of Sex Helen 7 episodes
2014 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Sarah Silverman/Maroon 5"[111]
2015 Man Seeking Woman Josh's right hand (voice) Episode: "Pitbull"
2016 Lady Dynamite Herself Episode: "Loaf Coach"
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Misty Variety special
2017 Crashing Herself Episode: "Warm-Up"
2017 Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust Herself Netflix stand-up special
2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Zars St. Lars Episode: "Chelsea Leight-Leigh Lately"
2017–present I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman Herself (host)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist References
2005 "Give the Jew Girl Toys" Sarah Silverman [112]
2006 "Rise Up with Fists!!" Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins [113]
2008 "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" Sarah Silverman featuring Matt Damon [114]
2009 "Death to All But Metal" Steel Panther [115]
2011 "This Party Took a Turn for the Douche" Garfunkel and Oates [116]
2013 "We Do Not Belong" Psychic Friend [117]
"Perfect Night" Sarah Silverman Feat. will.i.am [118]
"Diva" Sarah Silverman [119]
2015 "Save Dat Money" Lil Dicky [120]
2016 "Don't Wanna Know" Maroon 5 [121]
2018 "Girls Like You" Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B [122]
"Girls Like You" (Volume 2) [123]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2012 Wreck-it Ralph Vanellope Von Schweetz
2013 Disney Infinity
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain School of Rock Nominated
2008 Writers Guild of America Award Best Written New Series The Sarah Silverman Program Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
60th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Monk Nominated
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Jimmy Kimmel Live! for "I'm F**king Matt Damon" Won
2009 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series The Sarah Silverman Program Nominated
2012 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Wreck-It Ralph Nominated
2013 Visual Effects Society Award Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Wreck-It Ralph Nominated
Dorian Awards Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2014 American Comedy Awards[124] Comedy Special of the Year Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles Nominated
66th Primetime Emmy Awards[125] Outstanding Variety Special Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Won
2015 57th Annual Grammy Awards[126] Best Comedy Album Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award[127] Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials Nominated
Seymour Cassel Award[128] Outstanding Performance (screen acting) I Smile Back Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2017 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Special Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Nominated
2018 60th Annual Grammy Awards Best Comedy Album Nominated