the sarah silverman post
November 17, 2007 2:27 PM   Subscribe

Her quiet depravity has netted her many fans (even some outside her immediate family.) Here's what you need to see to catch up with Sarah Silverman, the funniest person on television: Date with God, The Aristocrats, I Love You, Jury Duty, A Very Convenient Truth, My Boyfriend is Catholic, Writer's Strike, Comic Relief, The Sarah Silverman Program.
posted by anotherpanacea (126 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
 
I just picked up the first season of her program and I must say, it's freaking hilarious. She was supposed to perform/host the Sasquatch Music Festival this spring at the Gorge but apparently she was sick. She walked on to the stage, waved, then walked off.
posted by ageispolis at 2:37 PM on November 17, 2007


I'll save you three minutes. Skip the "Writer's Strike" link. Not funny, just nasal rambling.
posted by Frank Grimes at 2:41 PM on November 17, 2007


Sorry about the Writer's Strike not being as funny, but I think the pay off is watching her trying to negotiate the seriousness of this Writer's message with her desire to be a comedian. Some of her comments about management probably not being evil monsters cracked me up.
posted by anotherpanacea at 2:47 PM on November 17, 2007


I've tried watching her comedy channel show. I would love to love it, but it's very disappointing. It never quite manages the transition from peculiar to funny, and never quite removes "I wonder what else is on?" from my mind.

Like Date with God. NOTHING happens. God is dull, and we all know that already.
posted by hexatron at 2:51 PM on November 17, 2007


I'll save you three minutes. Skip the "Writer's Strike" link.

I'll save you some more. Skip Silverman entirely.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 2:55 PM on November 17, 2007 [26 favorites]


Initially she amused me, but I've long since stopped finding her really funny. She is riding the wave of the current version of humor--popularized by shows like South Park and Family Guy--where telling a joke is as simple as saying something horrendously politically incorrect and waiting for people to laugh. Partly because of your ballsiness, partly out of discomfort.

Except it's not really ballsy or interesting anymore because everyone and their fucking mother is doing it. It's a cheap way to get a laugh. There's very little politicaly or social commentary left, there's just "Look, I just implied lynching was funny and referred to women as dumb bitches, and I'm getting away with it! Hahaha! Look at the absolutely awful things I can think of! Hahaha!" It's satire after eliminating the subtlety and cleverness and then throwing it into the middle of a keg party at a frat house.
posted by schroedinger at 2:56 PM on November 17, 2007 [41 favorites]


Yeah I don't find Silverman funny at all, let alone "the funniest person on television".
posted by puke & cry at 2:57 PM on November 17, 2007


I agree with hexatron -- to me her show has too much of that "we're too hip to try" vibe, which some might argue is skewering lame sitcom conventions but feels a little tired and lazy to me. I like her stand-up more.

She also has a good cameo in the new Futurama movie, which I am watching right now.
posted by Bookhouse at 2:58 PM on November 17, 2007


I've always found her standup funny, but her show is excruciating.
posted by delmoi at 3:09 PM on November 17, 2007


Bah, I guess it's not hip to like things, but I love the show.
posted by blenderfish at 3:10 PM on November 17, 2007


I always liked her cameos on Mr. Show, and thought she was hilarious in The Aristocrats, but Jesus is Magic didn't make me laugh. Most of her CC show has followed suit.

However, it just recently won me over completely with the episode about "What's on Brian Posehn's iPod?"
posted by jbrjake at 3:12 PM on November 17, 2007


I know he was a difficult man, but I hardly think David O. Selznick deserves that.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:13 PM on November 17, 2007


I didn't like the standup, but I love SSP. "I'm in it to win it."
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:14 PM on November 17, 2007


schroedinger is deadly accurate. It's just more of that same lazy, uninspired "comedy".

American sitcoms (not just Family Guy-- look at anything on CBS on Monday nights) and advertising are also rife with this same sort of laziness.
posted by wfc123 at 3:16 PM on November 17, 2007


Her show is nothing special, but she totally wins The Aristocrats.
posted by juv3nal at 3:18 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


Allow me to sum up the comments before and after mine. SS is great. SS sucks. Generally I don't like SS, but some of her stuff is great. Generally I like SS, but some of her stuff sucks. What I say is not my opinion, but rather is objective fact.
posted by found missing at 3:23 PM on November 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


telling a joke is as simple as saying something horrendously politically incorrect and waiting for people to laugh.

Well, the ep where she gets committed for licking her dogs butthole in public -- if laughing at that is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:25 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


The comedy you like is lazy and uninspired. The comedy I like is subtle and brilliant.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 3:30 PM on November 17, 2007 [9 favorites]


She is not funny, let alone the funniest on television.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 3:36 PM on November 17, 2007


I've gotten to the point that when someone says "That's not funny," what I hear is "I don't have a very good sense of humor."

Everything is funny. Everything. It may not suit your tastes, it might not be nice, and it might not be very smart, but that doesn't mean it's unfunny. It's funny to somebody. Children laugh at jokes that we no longer find funny, like this one:

What's covered with syrup and flies through the air? Peter Pancake.

Actually, I still find that one pretty funny.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:38 PM on November 17, 2007 [19 favorites]


look at anything on CBS on Monday nights

Hey now, don't be fooled by How I Met Your Mother's multi-camera format and laugh track. It's as much a parody of sitcom clichés as it is a sitcom itself.

I know, I know, my favorite ____ sucks, but I actually think that show is deceptively one of the smartest things on TV these days.
posted by Riki tiki at 3:39 PM on November 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


The Peter Pancake joke is definitely funny.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 3:39 PM on November 17, 2007 [3 favorites]


So, somewhere (presumably in Canada?), there's this repository of really great, really non-"lazy" sitcoms, but they don't show them on TV because why?
posted by blenderfish at 3:39 PM on November 17, 2007


The bits with Brian Posehn and Steve Agee (her gay neighbors) are usually extremely funny. I keep wondering if they write their own bits.

Also: Peter Pancake. Heh.
posted by jiiota at 3:39 PM on November 17, 2007


The Peter Pancake joke is not funny at all. It's just riding the wave of the current version of humor -- popularized by knock knock jokes -- "I'm going to ask a surreal question, then answer it by saying something unexpected?" That's just lazy.
Sadly, American schoolrooms are rife with that sort of laziness.
posted by blenderfish at 3:48 PM on November 17, 2007 [3 favorites]


Whatever our personal differences, I think we can all agree: American comedians are lazy.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:49 PM on November 17, 2007


Sometimes she's funny and sometimes she isn't. She's *always* hot though.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:58 PM on November 17, 2007 [8 favorites]


She is not lazy, let alone the laziest person on television.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 3:58 PM on November 17, 2007


God, those clips were painful.
posted by ryanhealy at 4:01 PM on November 17, 2007


I watched a few of those clips, and had a mild chuckle. Figured the really funny stuff was yet to come. Her punch lines take forever to set up, and the pay-off is disappointing, if not outright non-existent ...

"I one of the chosen people but boyfriend thinks Jesus is magic."

"I wanted to get out of jury duty, so I wrote I love Chinks on the form".

Not getting it.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 4:04 PM on November 17, 2007


I love Sarah Silverman's riff on diamonds. I think of her whenever an acquaintance says something like "Well, I don't know about conflict diamonds, all I know is I want a gigantic and hugely expensive ring when I get married."
posted by arcticwoman at 4:05 PM on November 17, 2007


Some people think Jay Leno is funny.


Did I just blow your mind?
posted by found missing at 4:08 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


Everything is funny. Everything. It may not suit your tastes, it might not be nice, and it might not be very smart, but that doesn't mean it's unfunny. It's funny to somebody.

If something is funny to someone, sure, then it's arguably funny. But that doesn't mean that for every thing, someone is going to laugh about it.

Person A: "I've been sleeping with your wife, and I just killed her because she said she was never going to leave you."
Person B: "ahhahahaAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA"
Person A: "I'm completely serious."
Person B: "Oh, I know, but SOMEONE'S going to think it's funny, I bet we can agree on that."
posted by 23skidoo at 4:08 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


What is it that Mel Brooks said? If I stub my tow, it's a tragedy; if you fall down and break your neck, it's comedy?
posted by Astro Zombie at 4:12 PM on November 17, 2007


Toe.
posted by Astro Zombie at 4:12 PM on November 17, 2007


While I don't really get her humor, she was on Star Trek and Monk.
posted by sadie01221975 at 4:16 PM on November 17, 2007


Her show was sometimes hilarious but most of the time weak last season but this season the characters are more developed and it's a lot more fun. Agee and Posehn are the best tv neighbors since the Ropers.
posted by any major dude at 4:16 PM on November 17, 2007


Come on. I just trashed a possible FPP on Jerome Bixby because his best known short story, that I dearly wanted to link to, may still have 10 years of copyright extension left to it, but YouTube ripoffs of "Jesus Is Magic" is okay?
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 4:20 PM on November 17, 2007


The episode with the Tab was funny — where Brian Posehn's boyfriend keeps pestering him to try Tab (because the restaurant is out of Diet Coke or something and Posehn sulks) and he just won't let up.

"I don't like Tab."

"Have you tried it?"

"No."

"How do you know if haven't tried it. Try it."

"No."

"Don't be a baby and try it. Tryyyyy it!"

"OKAY. I'll try it if you will shut up."

[he sips it]

"MY GOD! How have I gone my whole life with out this. THANK YOU, Steve. THANK YOU. Tab is the best thing ever!"

So for the rest of the episode, out of revenge, Brian Posehn decides to become a Tab obsessed Tab maniac. Wearing the magenta brand colors and at one point a giant foam Tab can suit. It builds every scene they are in. Really was pretty funny.

Though that was a digression that didn't involve Silverman as much as her support actors. Hence why it was funny — her shock cutsie shtick, outside of stand-up, becomes grating and irritating.
posted by tkchrist at 4:22 PM on November 17, 2007


I liked her in "Greg the Bunny."
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:27 PM on November 17, 2007


Comedy is totally subjective, and different things are funny to different people.

I'm a bit meh about Sarah Silverman, but she's better than some of the suck out there.

But humor is like politics, different people have very different things they find funny.

In fact, here's a test for where on the funny spectrum you fall. I *know* it's on OK Cupid, but, in spite of this fact, it's not a terrible thing to see where on the spectrum one falls.

Me, I think Stephen Colbert is funnier in his irony, but it always feels, to me at least, that he has something a little more important to say than just "wow, she just said something racist, isn't that shocking?" They both have ironic acts, but I think Colbert pulls it off more intelligently.
posted by MythMaker at 4:30 PM on November 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Ron Paul should channel the power of Sarah Silverman.
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:37 PM on November 17, 2007


But what on earth does she see in Jimmy Kimmel?
posted by birdie birdington at 4:41 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


He can cook.
posted by puke & cry at 4:42 PM on November 17, 2007


Sarah Silverman is Carlos Mencia with breasts. If you're into that sort of thing, bully for you. I prefer my comedians to take a break from insulting others once in a while.
posted by oddman at 4:45 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


Wow, my score on the funny test is just how I like my women: dark, clean, and complex.

(Thanks MythMaker, the test was really pretty fun.)
posted by A dead Quaker at 4:53 PM on November 17, 2007


I got "CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK"
posted by puke & cry at 4:54 PM on November 17, 2007


Sarah Silverman is Carlos Mencia with breasts. If you're into that sort of thing, bully for you. I prefer my comedians to take a break from insulting others once in a while.

you've illustrated one kind of irony
posted by found missing at 4:59 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


People assume that laughing about race is the same as taking it seriously. That may be a psychological projection. Political correctness is racist if it even assumes that races should ideally exist. I wonder if most people who find her insulting tend to be opposed to marriage outside their own group.
posted by Brian B. at 5:07 PM on November 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


I took the "test", but at the very end they wanted my email address to receive the result.

Now that's comedy.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 5:11 PM on November 17, 2007


Hm, it gave me the results on the page, no email needed.
posted by puke & cry at 5:12 PM on November 17, 2007


No email needed to see the results, but only for people who tested as having a sense of humor.
posted by found missing at 5:15 PM on November 17, 2007


I've gotten to the point that when someone says "That's not funny," what I hear is "I don't have a very good sense of humor."


I've gotten to the point that when someone says "That's funny", what I hear is "You don't have a very good sense of humour".

I prefer your approach, really, but I can't help if it I've consumed so much comedy genius it now takes the comedic equivalent of a stranglewank inside 3 wetsuits to tickle my chuckle muscles.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 5:20 PM on November 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yup, another Clean/Complex/Dark here:
".... you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion. "

And, I don't find Sarah Silverman's stuff that funny.
posted by Flashman at 5:21 PM on November 17, 2007


s/ "what I hear is" "what I think is"
posted by Jon Mitchell at 5:22 PM on November 17, 2007


Im VULGAR | SPONTANEOUS | DARK. Duh.
posted by jonmc at 5:23 PM on November 17, 2007


My mistake. I added a screen name when prompted. Removing it alowe dme to get the result.

CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK


You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer
.

Hmmm ... guess I'll let others be the judge of that.

As for Silvermen, I don't find her insulting at all, Brian B. Tedious and lame? Yes. Insulting? No.

She's like a 3 year old; giggling at Pee Pee and Cacka. Cute, but in an infantile way.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 5:23 PM on November 17, 2007


The thing is, she isn't insulting. Not in any meaningful way. She's tiresome. I do laugh at some of the jokes she tells, but I won't call them creative. People have been making "White person says 'Nigger'" and "Here is something funny about the Holocaust" jokes for-fucking-ever, and nobody who tells them now and gets a laugh should think of themselves as anything but a hack. You tell one to a group of any college-aged kids and it's like pushing a laugh-track button.

And the worst part is, where originally these jokes could be used to initiate dialog due to their scarcity, they are now so ubiquitous in our culture that I've observed them to have a deadening rather than a heightening effect on people's awareness of these issues.
posted by schroedinger at 5:26 PM on November 17, 2007 [6 favorites]


What schroedinger said.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 5:28 PM on November 17, 2007


huh, CLEAN/COMPLEX/DARK also. Good test, by the way.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 5:29 PM on November 17, 2007


Clean Spontaneous Dark

Yes. I am aware of the irony.
posted by tkchrist at 5:35 PM on November 17, 2007


I'm clean/complex/dark too...
posted by MythMaker at 5:35 PM on November 17, 2007


CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK.

smooth and soft, no lumps.
posted by exlotuseater at 5:38 PM on November 17, 2007


Is it just me, or is she some kind of drop-dead gorgeous? (audio off, here)
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:39 PM on November 17, 2007


I've watched her show and found it pretty unwatchable and unfunny. I wanted to like it but I just could not. I think she's funny but maybe as a wacky neighbor on someone else's show would be better.
posted by fenriq at 5:43 PM on November 17, 2007


She thinks she's cuter than she is. In every sense.

Big turn off. In every sense.

Although her Aristocrats take was excellent.
posted by unSane at 5:51 PM on November 17, 2007


If you think Silverman is an insult comic you've missed the point.
posted by any major dude at 5:53 PM on November 17, 2007


I didn't really like Silverman until I heard her on Fresh Air [story link]. I haven't watched her show since, but my opinion of her is much better.
posted by gc at 5:54 PM on November 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


Sarah Silverman is so hot. If I could fuck her, I would be so happy.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 5:57 PM on November 17, 2007


Boyzone?
posted by tkchrist at 6:01 PM on November 17, 2007


Wow. I saw the words "quiet depravity" and I thought "Sarah Silverman".

Haven't seen her show, though. I can imagine her schtick getting old fairly fast.
posted by dreamsign at 6:04 PM on November 17, 2007


I would not hit that. [NOT COMEDIANIST]
posted by rtha at 6:12 PM on November 17, 2007


VULGAR/COMPLEX/DARK

I thought it was pretty accurate.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 6:12 PM on November 17, 2007


Ever since my Would You Have Been a Nazi Test got mention in Newsweek and USA Today, I've been looking for new friends.

Heh. Now there's humour with relevance for our times.
posted by dreamsign at 6:16 PM on November 17, 2007


Laura Silverman is hot.
posted by jcruelty at 6:17 PM on November 17, 2007


Oh I love her. :)
posted by Hildegarde at 6:18 PM on November 17, 2007


oh, and clean|complex|dark.
posted by dreamsign at 6:27 PM on November 17, 2007


I have managed to loathe her since I clapped eyes on her in Way of the Gun. I think she really does want to fuck babyheads. Her career is based on, "Look, I've got a pottymouth and I'm fairly attractive!" If she wasn't cute (and she's certainly not as appealing as she thinks she is), she'd be completely nowhere.

When I heard her on NPR, all I could do was keep thinking that I've seen her TV show before and it was called Strangers with Candy. And the dollsome actress behind that was not only actually funny, but went to the trouble of making herself look as hideous as possible.
posted by adipocere at 6:44 PM on November 17, 2007


Cute girls who say "doody." Uninteresting. Unfunny.
posted by unknowncommand at 6:45 PM on November 17, 2007


Generally, I find her tiresome. Occasionally she'll say something that I find funny, but mostly she's just "Black people steal stuff! Did you hear me? I said black people steal stuff!"

I understand that this is commentary on the attitude, rather than the attitude itself, and I'm generally fine with that. It's just that she normally has no actual joke to go along with it.

On a positive note, however, I will admit that the scene in (I think) "Jesus Is Magic" where she is getting, ahem, serviced from behind while grunting "Fuck my tuchus! Fuck my tuchus!" has, erm, improved my life. Thank you, Sarah Silverman!
posted by Flunkie at 6:52 PM on November 17, 2007


So, somewhere (presumably in Canada?), there's this repository of really great, really non-"lazy" sitcoms, but they don't show them on TV because why?

It's called Trailer Park Boys, and you won't see it in the US because there is too much swearing.
posted by Chuckles at 7:05 PM on November 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


And Sarah Silverman is pretty awesome too.
posted by Chuckles at 7:06 PM on November 17, 2007


Cute girls who say "doody." Uninteresting. Unfunny.

Cute girls who *eat* doody, on the other hand... Very interesting. Very funny.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 7:13 PM on November 17, 2007


Jimmy Kimmel?!?!? I don't want to know that.. Ugh!
posted by Chuckles at 7:20 PM on November 17, 2007


So, somewhere (presumably in Canada?), there's this repository of really great, really non-"lazy" sitcoms, but they don't show them on TV because why?

The UK does sitcoms pretty well.

Peep Show, The Office, Fawlty Towers, I'm Alan Partridge, hell, I'd even say The Good Life.

That said, some Seinfeld and a lot of Curb Your Enthusiasm are awesome, also.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 7:25 PM on November 17, 2007


Sarah Silverman FTW!

Sorry, "not funny" crowds, you lot are just weird.
posted by Artw at 7:27 PM on November 17, 2007


The UK "Offfice" is very good. The American one is a soap opera and it has the painfully unfunny Steve Carell.


Silverman and Kimmel are a perfect match. The regular guy and girl version of Brad and Angelina.
posted by wfc123 at 7:53 PM on November 17, 2007


Everything is funny? No. If you are talking about stand-up and sitcoms, you could have made that statement in the 70's.

Nothing is funny anymore (in the U.S.) because writers today are lazy and lack any real education.
posted by wfc123 at 8:05 PM on November 17, 2007


VULGAR / COMPLEX / DARK here too. Said I'd like Lenny Bruce and George Carlin. Right on. Forgot Bill Hicks though.

I was prepared to hate that test and snark about the OK CUPID link, but it was actually pretty decent.
posted by Justinian at 8:14 PM on November 17, 2007


Nothing is funny anymore (in the U.S.) because writers today are lazy and lack any real education.

So what's your excuse?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:16 PM on November 17, 2007


VULGAR | COMPLEX | DARK

SS is hilarious, I love her.
posted by zarah at 8:25 PM on November 17, 2007


Oh and, uhm, yah, Jimmy Kimmel? He must have a massive redeeming feature....
posted by zarah at 8:28 PM on November 17, 2007


CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK

Just like it says in my personals.
posted by oddman at 8:31 PM on November 17, 2007


I think the comparisons of her to Family Guy/South Park or general insult comics made above are inaccurate. I can't claim to know why she does what she does, but I get the notion that she is very deliberately critiquing a specific personality type with her persona. All her jokes revolve around a pseudo-sweet and innocent girl being in actuality a narcissist, a racist and a banally evil person. This seems a parody of the diva pop culture icons, or their upper class fans who are bubbly and cute and care about stopping hunger, and saving the cute furry animals, but cause little but harm. She is to me, making a modern tribute to Mrs. Dalloway. And it is for this reason that I regard her highly.
posted by kigpig at 8:36 PM on November 17, 2007 [4 favorites]


funniest person on television

Please, you're embarrassing yourself.
posted by Scoo at 8:42 PM on November 17, 2007


Well that wasn't funny at all. But heck, only in America could some dumpy skinny white girl with tacky glasses make millions of dollars by tossing out fart jokes for the collegiate set. It's a schtick that would simply have to sell well, it being carefully constructed to offend nobody and do so very softly and timidly and lamely. But everybody needs their guilty pleasures and it's all the better if they're not really that pleasurable at all. At this point it's safe to say that if television didn't exist men would have to invent it.
posted by nixerman at 9:00 PM on November 17, 2007


What is the deal with these lazy American comedians?
posted by The Straightener at 9:07 PM on November 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Clean/complex/dark.
Yeah, that's about right, thanks for the link mythmaker.

I have to say I prefer Stewart and Colbert. Silverman reminds me of when my five year old looks at me and says "oh mommy I won't say X because I know and I'm not supposed to," then giggles. But it's funny when she does it, it isn't when Silverman does.

Maybe at first it was transgressive, now it's just repetitive, needlessly disgusting, and coy.
posted by pywacket at 9:14 PM on November 17, 2007


CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK

We should all start a club.
posted by grabbingsand at 9:19 PM on November 17, 2007


Also, how could anyone pick Jimmy Kimmel over Dr. Drew? It's just wrongheaded. Mahalo!!!
posted by unknowncommand at 9:25 PM on November 17, 2007


Yes, I realize (only just now) that Jimmy Kimmel was not on Lovelines. The question still stands! Sort of. goddammit.
posted by unknowncommand at 9:30 PM on November 17, 2007


CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK

I get a "trying too hard" vibe off Sarah Silverman most of the time. But I did think "Date with God" had its moments, in an "oh no, she didn't" sort of way.
posted by fuse theorem at 9:51 PM on November 17, 2007


metafilter: CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK ...

Hmmm. It would appear that the above meme is not actually funny in this context. Well, maybe it would be amusing to a VULGAR | SPONTANEOUS | LIGHT. I guess we'll never know.
posted by notswedish at 10:16 PM on November 17, 2007


Compare Ben Stiller and Sarah Silverman. Both make me cringe and leave the room.

Jimmy Kimmel is like Bob Saget: both are funny in their own environment. American television is NOT their environment.

+ 1 on the test's awesomeness.

Your Score: the Cutting Edge
(61% dark, 46% spontaneous, 26% vulgar)

your humor style:
CLEAN | SPONTANEOUS | DARK


Your humor's mostly innocent and off-the-cuff, but somehow there's something slightly menacing about you. Part of your humor is making people a little uncomfortable, even if the things you say aren't themselves confrontational. You probably have a very dry delivery, or are seriously over-the-top.

Your type is the most likely to appreciate a good insult and/or broken bone and/or very very fat person dancing.
posted by thomsplace at 10:47 PM on November 17, 2007


VULGAR | SPONTANEOUS | LIGHT

So, farts, then. Everyone loves farts, though.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:29 AM on November 18, 2007


I don't find her insulting at all, Brian B. Tedious

Johnny B. Goode's yawnworthy cousin?

i think my clean/complex/dark was unwarranted
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:33 AM on November 18, 2007


Gotta love the "analysis" in this test ...

You probably have a very dry delivery, or are seriously over-the-top.


Really? How profound. Now...call me crazy...but it kinda seems to me that they got all the bases covered there.

I'm just sayin'.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 1:39 AM on November 18, 2007


From the conclusion to Malcolm Gladwell's article in the Nov. 12 New Yorker on the topic of criminal profiling:

PareidoliaticBoy writes:

Gotta love the "analysis" in this test ...

You probably have a very dry delivery, or are seriously over-the-top.

Really? How profound. Now...call me crazy...but it kinda seems to me that they got all the bases covered there.

I'm just sayin'.


Reminded me of the conclusion to Malcolm Gladwell's article in the Nov. 12 New Yorker on the subject of criminal profiling:

He won’t be comfortable with women. But he may have women friends. He will be a lone wolf. But he will be able to function in social settings. He won’t be unmemorable. But he will be unknowable. He will be either never married, divorced, or married, and if he was or is married his wife will be younger or older. He may or may not live in a rental, and might be lower class, upper lower class, lower middle class or middle class. And he will be crazy like a fox, as opposed to being mental. If you’re keeping score, that’s a Jacques Statement, two Barnum Statements, four Rainbow Ruses, a Good Chance Guess, two predictions that aren’t really predictions because they could never be verified—and nothing even close to the salient fact that BTK was a pillar of his community, the president of his church and the married father of two.

Dating sites are just criminal profiling without the criminal, in some way. Instead of asking "what type of person would commit this crime?" the question is "what person would fall in love with this other person?" In both cases, the humble answer is also the correct answer: "I really just don't know."
posted by notswedish at 2:22 AM on November 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


That's the first time I heard of Sarah and so out of curiosity I watched , kind of expecting something a-la Mel Brooks (Kaminsky), Zucker and Abrahams just because her name is Sarah..I sensed they had something in common, like who knows ..a stupid tradition of short cutting penis of sort. I'd argue with her what about untopping her clit.

Then I saw that it's exaclty what she is about, delivery. She has , imho, a quality to her Girl from Kibbutz look ...you don't expect the to yap so politely a stream of sex related references, which is part of her routine. A big part.

The moment I liked the most ? When she plays the idiot wanna be generous donator in comic relief 2006.

The one I liked the least ? Well you'll find her roasting pamela anderson and courtney ...and it's such a low...it's boring to tears, but I guess that is the same audience target of H.Stern.
posted by elpapacito at 5:09 AM on November 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sarah Silverman is teh lame. She tries too hard to be funny.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 6:09 AM on November 18, 2007


This humor test is absolutely useless. My score says I like intellectual humor (CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK), but I also think Bob Saget ("That Ain't Right") and Sarah Silverman are hilarious.
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:07 AM on November 18, 2007


I'm kind of cute and I curse like a trucker. Why aren't I half as popular as Sarah Silverman?
posted by pxe2000 at 9:28 AM on November 18, 2007


some like her, some don't. too predictable.

it would be really interesting if there were universal agreement that someone who intended to be funny wasn't. Maybe Rich Little at the Correspondents' dinner. But his function wasn't to be funny; it was to be innocuous.
posted by cogneuro at 10:46 AM on November 18, 2007


I think the comparisons of her to Family Guy/South Park or general insult comics made above are inaccurate. I can't claim to know why she does what she does, but I get the notion that she is very deliberately critiquing a specific personality type with her persona. ...And it is for this reason that I regard her highly.

Well, nevermind family guy, but I think you're really missing something about South Park if you think they're more "general insult comics" than sarah silverman. There's a lot of really clever commentary going on in those cartoons...

I was:
(66% dark, 19% spontaneous, 31% vulgar)
your humor style:
CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK

Silverman relies too much on the comparison of her expected persona and her behavior for me to find her very funny. She is ok, but it is basically one joke consistently, and the joke is almost just making fun of women, by predicting that you expect the pretty girl to be a)dumb and b)clean. She makes fun of being dumb by being extra-so-seriously dumb that it's a joke (not that uncommon a route with esp. female comics) and she makes fun of being clean the same way bob sagat does, by shocking you because she's not some fat, old bearded guy but still says fuck.
posted by mdn at 1:38 PM on November 18, 2007


She strikes some really bad chords sometimes, like one of those great writers who really needs an editor, but she's also capable of some gems.

"Jewish people driving German cars is the opposite of Fubu." is something that's been stuck in my brain for awhile now.
posted by rokusan at 3:22 PM on November 18, 2007


Another clean/complex/dark here. This is starting to remind me of the Myers-Briggs thread.

I like Sarah Silverman sometimes, though.
posted by naoko at 6:54 PM on November 18, 2007


Wow. This thread is really showing the true anti-semitism of mefi. Those of you who don't find SS and/or other jewish-american entertainers to be funny should all be ashamed of yourselves.
posted by skechada at 1:08 PM on November 20, 2007


Are you saying all Jews objectively are funny?
posted by found missing at 1:31 PM on November 20, 2007


No, what I'm saying is that since they're jewish, we owe it to them (because of Hitler) to find their brand of self deprecating humor entertaining. Otherwise we're anti-semitic.

So it's more of a moral imperative than objective hilarity.
posted by skechada at 2:42 PM on November 20, 2007


Dammit skechada, I laughed, or should I say LOLed, at your first comment, but why'd you have to go and ruin it with your second? You fucking scumbag.
posted by Flashman at 3:21 PM on November 20, 2007


That is an odd thing to say, skechada. I guess you're trying to be Sarah Silverman funny, but it isn't working for you.
posted by found missing at 3:30 PM on November 20, 2007


Juuuuuust joking, Flashman. sheesh. Make a joke with Hitler in it and all of the sudden you're a scumbag!

Back on topic, I think one of the main reasons I like her is evident in this thread: she's very polarizing. If you get her humor, she's hilarious. If not, it inspires cries of offensiveness and being mean. Which is of course missing the point, and makes her even more entertaining to us that do get it.
posted by skechada at 11:11 AM on November 21, 2007


Hey skech, I was just joking too. A little of that 'edgy' humour. And all I meant was that it was wrong of you, so so wrong, to bother explaining your joke.
posted by Flashman at 1:46 PM on November 21, 2007


Clean | Complex | Dark.

I sound like an ad for instant coffee.
posted by tiny crocodile at 1:53 PM on November 21, 2007


Also the words Joe Biden used to describe Barack Obama.
posted by Flashman at 2:06 PM on November 21, 2007


If not, it inspires cries of offensiveness and being mean. Which is of course missing the point, and makes her even more entertaining to us that do get it.

I don't see a lot of people here saying she's too offensive or mean. If you look back, most of the people who you claim don't "get it" do "get it," but just think she doesn't do "it" particularly well.

She tries to be offensive, but since most of the time that's her entire shtick it just feels forced and played-out. I'm not offended, just bored. But if you enjoy it, more power to you.
posted by Riki tiki at 5:09 PM on November 21, 2007


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