Sarah Silverman is 'Great for women'

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The comic hilariously torpedoes our preview of her Just for Laughs hosting gig to talk politics and role models

June 08, 2012|By Kyle Kramer | RedEye

Notorious potty-mouth and obscenity-mongerer Sarah Silverman is infamous for her role in urging people to elect her socialist idol Barack Obama in a 2008 video called “The Great Schlep,” but she's also chipped away at common American decency in her notably vile standup act and her propagandist Comedy Central show, “The Sarah Silverman Show.” This year, she'll further corrupt America's youth with the animated movie “Wreck-It Ralph” and the indie film “Take This Waltz,” but first she'll be promoting her liberal agenda in a Just For Laughs showcase this Saturday.

RedEye caught up with Silverman, who tricked us into talking politics, shared some insights on her favorite comedians and pretty much crushed the premise of descriptions like the one above with general awesomeness.

What are you doing these days? What is the day-to-day life of Sarah Silverman?

Oh my god. Um, I get up and I stare at about four legal pads and then I avoid them all day desperately.

What's on those legal pads?

All my different ideas, jokes, thoughts. I'm working on a video – maybe, maybe – another video for the election, but I don't know! I'm daydreaming lately.

Well you single-handedly won the election for Obama in 2008, so is anything in the works for the 2012 election?

I don't know. I mean, that idea [2008's “The Great Schlep”], it was perfect. I don't know. It would have to be good. The thing is, people who are going to vote for Obama are going to vote for Obama, but they're not as mobilized as they were in 2008 because they're not inspired with the poetry of “hope” and “change.” I still believe in Obama and everything, but I think what's going to mobilize people, like actually mobilize people is – I hate to say it – is the threat of the alternative. It's like a choice between some hope of progress and really going back into the '50s. So many issues like gay rights – and having gay people have the same rights as, um, other people – and women's rights. I mean, the first thing Romney said he was going to do is turn over Roe v. Wade! So it's kind of a little bit of a horror movie...The right uses like “patriotic” and “American” and “un-American,” and they're very threatening and it's so odd because what's more un-American than thinking you deserve more rights than anybody else? Than any other person! But that's not funny!

Seriously, you're going to depress all our readers!

I know, I didn't sleep well. I'm drinking coffee.

It's okay. Chicago's a pretty pro-Obama city, so hopefully people won't be too shocked.

Yeah, Chicago!

Well speaking of abortion rights, your show, Sarah's Pro-Choice, is what we're previewing. Can you talk a little bit about the comics you picked – Marc Maron, Reggie Watts, Natasha Leggero, Kyle Dunnigan – and what drew you to them?

Ugh, they're just the best comics. The choicest comics. To me, they're all like so magical, they make me laugh so hard. Chris Hardwick [who was previously scheduled] can't go. For a good reason: he has to shoot more of his “Walking Dead” show. He's not in “Walking Dead,” he does the show that comes on after “Walking Dead” that talks about “Walking Dead,” which is so awesome. It's hilarious. So I'm going to replace him with – I'm not sure who – one of four comics who are all amazing as well. Reggie Watts – have you ever seen Reggie Watts?

I was just watching some of his stuff online.

Oh my god. He is just, like, bizarre and amazing and you never know what he's going to do because he doesn't know what's going to do. He's like the opposite of most comics. He cannot have a plan. He's most comfortable with no plan, and it's just so cool to watch. Natasha is so brilliant and amazing. I mean this in a Jewish way and not in a lesbian way – but I just want to eat her when I see her. She's so [bleep]ing adorable. Marc Maron I'm sure you're familiar with.

 

Yeah, I'm modeling this whole interview off of a WTF Podcast. That's my goal. I'm going to ask you about your upbringing next. And your religion.

Did you hear his interview with Todd Glass? It was so amazing. Todd's one of my favorite comics as well. It was just incredible. And the funniest [part] – I think it's so funny: Todd, so he came out on Marc Maron's show, and it surprised so many people because he's not – I think even the strongest gaydar may not have picked up he was gay. But he still has such a hard time saying the word “gay,” for whatever reason, that he just says “Marc Maron.” He's like “You know I'm, uh, you know, Marc Maron.” It's so funny. It's become, like, a new word for “gay.”

I'm sure Marc appreciates that. It's good branding.

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