Sarah Silverman has been pushing buttons her entire life. From the age of three, she was already making adults uncomfortable with swear words she learned from her father. Flash forward to today and she's still making adults feel uncomfortable with her choice grammar and comedic sting. In a time when conservatives have harshly come out against the rise of PC culture, you'd think they would come to love Sarah Silverman. Instead, they absolutely loathe her. That's just one of the double standards Sarah Silverman loves to wear on her sleeve. As a woman in comedy, Silverman has spent her career acting as crudely as television will allow her in an effort to challenge the notions that female comedians can't be crude, or aren't funny, or can't act a certain way. Silverman has vowed to disprove these preconceived attitudes her entire life.
Despite her lighthearted humor and refusal to take anything too seriously, there's a lot that Silverman actually cares about. Quotes, stories, and anecdotes from past interviews will prove that there's a lot more to Silverman than a sailor's mouth and jokes about abortion. If so, then who is Sarah Silverman? Her bio would show a formerly failed comedian who reworked her way onto her own show and into Hollywood's favor. But Silverman's history and tidbits of trivia also display her as a stark feminist, proud Jew, talented comedian, political and human rights activist, and much more.People often dismiss Silverman for her crass language and tendency to make people feel uncomfortable. But the reasons why Silverman's comedy makes people feel uncomfortable often say a lot about our societal stigmas and our unconscious and institutionalized prejudices. Whether you're a fan of hers or not, giving Silverman the benefit of the doubt is important. Silverman's life work has always been about pushing societal norms. Dismissing her as gross or rude misses the point and fails to recognize the real joke. So in order to get a better perspective on what makes Silverman so funny, here are 19 interesting facts you may not know about the comedian.
She Hates Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis is no friend of Sarah Silverman, or any woman in comedy, for that matter. The comedy icon has been in hot waters for years for his disparaging comments towards female comedians. According to Lewis, "women aren't funny." Silverman has gone on the defense, mocking Lewis on several occasions. Lewis's responses to criticism have been less than satisfactory. He changed his mind, saying women can be funny so long as it isn't crude. Silverman obviously didn't take that lying down. At a Friars Club Roast of Jack Black, Silverman spent her sketch insulting Lewis for his age and his opposition towards women. Lewis, who laughed along, began to get up to congratulate Silverman, but she completely snubbed him and walked off stage.
She Dated Jimmy Kimmel
Silverman and late night host Jimmy Kimmel dated for over six years. The two comedians were often viewed as Hollywood's comedy couple, but the relationship ended in 2009. No harsh feelings, though, especially considering Silverman has made several appearances on Kimmel's show since his marriage to Molly McNearney. In one appearance, Silverman jokingly brought a box of Kimmel's stuff to give back to him. And most recently, the two discussed Silverman's new relationship with Michael Sheen. Although the comedic duo have split, they still remain friends to this day.
She Won an Emmy for "F*cking Matt Damon"
Silverman won her first Emmy Award for a sketch comedy short for the Jimmy Kimmel Show titled "I'm F*cking Matt Damon." The viral short became a huge hit and warranted a response from Kimmel called "I'm F*cking Ben Affleck." Having only broken up shortly before the acceptance of her award, Silverman still thanked Kimmel for his contributions and even joked about the breakup.
She Was Fired From SNL
At age 21, Silverman had a very brief run on Saturday Night Live. In fact, the less-than-a-year job ended in her termination after every single one of her sketches failed to make the final cut of an episode. The closest Silverman got was a dress rehearsal, but the sketch was ultimately dropped like the rest of her writing. Creator Lorne Michaels wound up firing Silverman via fax machine, devastating her. Although Silverman agrees that she "bombed" her time on SNL, she said it didn't ruin her career. The job upheaval actually inspired Silverman to work harder at an individual comedic career, as she admitted to herself that she wasn't ready for SNL at the time.