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Nov. 27, 2005

Sarah Silverman strikes again

by Eve Gleichman, Online Editor-in-Chief
She's profane, she's vulgar, she's offensive, she's brilliant and she's so not PC. Fans would call her "edgy," while others will undoubtedly think she's completely out of line. She's Sarah Silverman, and if the mocking title of her new movie, "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" hasn't offended you, the rest of her act will.

The film is a recording of Silverman's stand-up routine in LA, packaged with a pre-produced beginning, end, and collection off-stage scenes. Really though, the film would be better off without the overdone song parodies and backstage qualms over Fiji water. In one offstage scene, Silverman — dolled up in 60's gear — comes face to face with two towering black men, just as she's uttered the N-word. It's almost painfully awkward and it will leave you thinking, "Is she allowed to say that?"

It's no wonder Silverman was kicked off of SNL after only a year, or that she has a mass of Asians on her tail after using the derogatory five-letter-word in reference to a joke on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." She's incorrigible, and no one can seem to find a bar of soap strong enough to clean her mouth.

Take it with a grain of salt. Her stand-up persona is only a "joke," something she emphasizes just enough to let her audiences know she's not really a racist bigot. Nonetheless, Silverman manages to shoot derogatory comments at everyone in her audiences, from Mexicans to old people, and she does it with an innocent face that will keep you in stitches.

Between her scatological humor and her straight-up racist jokes, you may find yourself feeling almost guilty for laughing your head off at Silverman's routine. The truth is, she's probably the only person who can get away with her jokes. It's her persona — the clueless, unfiltered and self-righteous innocent girl— that makes her delivery so outrageously hilarious.

In one segment, for example, Silverman announces that "without expecting anything in return," she "sent 15 really fun cowl-neck sweaters to this village in Africa, in really fun colors, and they culled their money together — whatever they call it — and bought a stamp and sent me a postcard thanking me, and it said thank you and they had enough sweaters for every single member of the village to get one and that they were delicious."

Yes, she said it. And while the humane, responsible side of you will protest, you're going to laugh, guaranteed. The overtly offensive remarks coupled with her dead-pan delivery, adorable smiles and superior winks are what make Silverman so exciting, so edgy and so hilarious.

If you're easily offended, Silverman's nothing-is-off-limits routine should definitely be bypassed. Otherwise, this comedian will send you out of the theater in a fit of guilty laughs.

"Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" (82 minutes, area theaters) is not rated but is recommended for more mature audiences.



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  • Ha on November 28, 2005 at 1:56 PM
    Fabuloso Eve Gleichman! My, you are quite the busy bee of Silver Chips Online, no? Nice review.
  • yeah on November 28, 2005 at 7:47 PM
    very cute review
  • uche (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 6:38 AM
    pls can u tell me more about jesus
    i wanna know
  • adad on November 29, 2005 at 3:21 PM
    not cool
  • fola on November 29, 2005 at 7:10 PM
    yeah that's a good article but it's not right how she's getting away with it. i would like to do something but i'm one person and i don't feel like being is something big.... like a riot or a protest.
  • to fola on November 30, 2005 at 12:56 PM
    fola - silverman's act is just that. it's an act. and if you listen to an interview with her, you will hear that she is politically, racially, and culturally aware of her environment. her shtick is her way of broadcasting the stereotypes and racism that we face in our world. she is not a racist herself, she is quite the opposite.
  • asdf on December 2, 2005 at 12:06 AM
    "she is not a racist herself, she is quite the opposite."

    interesting... you'd think that a racist would try to appear non-racist, not the other way around...
  • Chris on December 7, 2005 at 11:05 AM
    Sarah has a social agenda. She not only makes fun of other races, but also her own Jewish roots. Making fun of each other's stereotypes will lower racial tension in the long run.
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