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Hell Freezes Over: Quasi-Leftist Comedian Sarah Silverman Actually Tells One Funny Joke

October 11, 2009

If we were doing a "Most Overrated Comedians" List she'd be at the top

As I’ve written before, funny is funny. As a fan of stand-up comedy I don’t care how leftwing a comedian is as long as they make me laugh. I’ll tolerate some inane leftist argument if, and only if, it’s packaged in an entertaining fashion.

I knew not to expect that given the guests on last Friday’s Real Time. Particularly with the last one. On “progressive” comedian Bill Maher’s panel on Real Time:

I say quasi because while Silverman’s politics obviously drift leftward they’re so incoherent and nihilistic that it seems almost absurd to even attempt putting them on the Right-Left spectrum. Margaret Cho and Wanda Sykes are “progressive” female comedians. They infuse their politics into their stand-up routines to mixed results. (I still have some affection for Cho, though her last couple stand-up specials failed to match the brilliance of I’m the One That I want and Notorious C.H.O.)

Silverman is just a shock comic who thinks being offensive is enough in and of itself to generate laughs. It isn’t.

Case in point was Silverman’s newest comedic announcement. Click here to see the mocking PSA Silverman made poking at world hunger and taking a shot at Catholics. Warning: profanity. I won’t embed so as not to offend some of our more sensitive readers.

It’s about as boring and pathetic as all of Silverman’s material, including her horrific excuse of a Comedy Central show. Surprisingly, though, Silverman did have a single joke of the evening (perhaps of her whole career) which did actually work.

Sarah Silverman: Cornel West, which I want to say: I think you’re amazing but I thought it was inappropriate what you did to Taylor Swift.

[Growns and laughs]

Cornel West: Oohhhhh!

Bill Maher: It’s Kanye West!

Richard Belzer: Kanye! Kanye!

Sarah Silverman: Oh, my mistake.

Cornel West: I love my Brother Kanye. I love Brother Kanye. He was just make some interesting, and sometimes wrong judgments. [Exact quote from West…]

(See NewsReal’s posts on Kanye West’s rude interruption of Swift’s award speech click here, here, here, and here.)

So in a backwards sort of way Silverman proves my initial point: Funny is funny — even if it comes from a comedian who normally couldn’t joke her way out of a paper bag.

  1. David Forsmark permalink
    October 11, 2009 4:18 pm

    Speaking of the over-rated Black Americans list…

  2. October 11, 2009 6:10 pm

    David, to put Sarah Silverman in same paragraph as the word “comedian”, much less to actually suggest she is one, is a stretch of Herculean dimension. Her ouvre on Comedy Central was a lame-o sit-com where reference to “poop” was her constant and only theme. In vaudeville days of yore they used the “hook” for acts that flopped. Time to bring the hook back…

    • October 12, 2009 8:05 am

      Just because one is a comedian doesn’t mean one is funny.

      • October 12, 2009 2:52 pm

        Okay, now I’m confused. If one is a comedian without being funny, isn’t that like orgasm without spoo?

        • October 12, 2009 2:56 pm

          More like an orgasm where one doesn’t feel anything.

          Come on, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” is still a joke even if it isn’t funny.

          • October 12, 2009 3:10 pm

            Au contraire, amigo, chicken joke IS funny…funnier than some of the jokes who call themselves comedians. But your post-points stand, as well as point below about “offensive” being a substitute for humor. Moving along…

  3. Marylou permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:50 pm

    I thought she was OK in the Andy Warhol movie. Maybe that’s where she got blotto and obsessed with poop. It seems it has been downhill from there. I doubt many people could watch that movie all the way through. I have this strange curiosity at times that enables or compels me to see what’s going on here! if anything.

  4. poptoy permalink
    October 12, 2009 1:42 am

    And to think they used to put a star on your forehead when you did something good. Oh that was another kind of star. So she is RED like Maher, and Nobama? Imagine that!!!

  5. October 12, 2009 2:28 am

    Is that an North Vietnam flag she is wearing as a shirt? It looks familiar.

  6. MaryAnn permalink
    October 12, 2009 4:26 am

    Someone sent me a video of her doing an anti-Semitic “comedy” bit. First and last time I’ve seen anything by her. I found her so-called comedy offensive.

    • October 12, 2009 8:07 am

      It’s supposed to be offensive. It’s easier to be offensive than funny.

  7. October 12, 2009 4:35 am

    I always thought she was hilarious. Sorry 🙂

    Anyone who skewers political correctness is doing the nation a service, even if it isn’t her intent.

    So she pretends she’s doing it as part of an “ironic” dumb-girl persona so she won’t get in trouble with her hipster pals and the liberal media gatekeepers. Whatever. I’ll play along.

    However, she needs new material. We went to see her in Vegas on our honeymoon and we could have just watched her old YouTubes.

  8. October 12, 2009 9:14 am

    She strikes me more as a gonzo cultural commentator of our culture than a comedian. Her Porn Song is more interesting and ironic than funny.

  9. Sean permalink
    October 13, 2009 11:13 am

    She really need to watch Doug Stanhope, who is left leaning and has did a lot of anti-Bush material in the past, but is very funny and knows how to deliver in his own way. I tried watching her show, huge emphasis on tried.

    • October 13, 2009 11:29 am

      We all need to watch Doug Stanhope. He’s a top-notch comedian — very, very funny. Thanks for bringing him up.

      However don’t let his anti-Bush material confuse you. He’s not a leftist he’s a very outspoken libertarian:

  10. Brian permalink
    October 13, 2009 12:24 pm

    well I haven’t seen much of her material, but what I have, i just fail to grasp. I just don’t get what’s funny with it. I do however like George Carlin, Larry the cable Guy (and the redneck tour fellas), Carol Bernette, and many more.

  11. Church permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:30 pm

    This whole blog thing you’re running – its a joke, right? Cause I just love how you dismiss intelligence and open-mindedness as “Marxist”. That, i tell you, is actually funny.

    • November 9, 2009 6:56 pm

      Where do I dismiss intelligence and open-mindedness as Marxist?

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