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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 December 1970Bedford, New Hampshire, USA
Birth NameSarah Kate Silverman
Nickname Big S
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. Silverman will next be seen in both The Book of Henry and The Lonely Island's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, both of which are set for release later this year. Silverman also continues to lend her voice to the Emmy-nominated Fox animated series Bob's Burgers and has a recurring role on the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series Masters of Sex, which will return for its fourth season this year. Additionally, she is a part of JASH, a comedy collective on YouTube featuring original content by Silverman and friends Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts.

Silverman was most recently seen as the star of I Smile Back, the film adaptation of the Amy Koppelman novel. The drama premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and was later released in theaters by Broad Green Pictures. Silverman received much praise for her role as "Laney Brooks," culminating in a 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role." Her additional film credits include Ashby, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Take This Waltz, Gravy, Peep World, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, The School of Rock, There's Something About Mary, The Way of The Gun, and the Oscar-nominated smash hit Wreck It Ralph.

On stage, Silverman continues to cement her status as a force in stand up comedy. In 2013, she debuted her hour-long, critically-acclaimed HBO stand up special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, which earned her the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special." The special received an additional Primetime Emmy Awards nomination that year for "Outstanding Variety Special" in addition to a Writers Guild Awards nomination. In September 2014, Silverman released the special as an audio album through Sub Pop Records, which went on to receive a 2015 Grammy Awards nomination for "Best Comedy Album." Previously, Silverman made an impressive splash with her concert-meets-comedy film Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic, which garnered major attention at the Toronto Film Festival.

In 2010, she released her first book, a memoir called The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. The book went on to become a New York Times Bestseller.

Silverman was nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" for her portrayal of a fictionalized version of herself in her Comedy Central series The Sarah Silverman Program. This marked Comedy Central's first ever Emmy nomination in a scripted acting category. Silverman also received a Writers Guild Award nomination for her work on the show. In 2008, Silverman won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics" for her musical collaboration with Matt Damon. Additionally, she was honored with a Webby Award for "Best Actress" for her online video "The Great Schlep," in which she persuaded young kids to encourage their grandparents in Florida to vote for President Obama prior to the 2008 Presidential Election.

Silverman has made memorable guest appearances on a number of acclaimed and notable television shows, including Monk, which earned her a 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards nomination for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series." Her additional television work includes The Good Wife, The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld, and Mr. Show with Bob and David. Silverman has also hosted a number of major awards shows, including the 2007 MTV Movie Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Silverman grew up in New Hampshire and attended one year of New York University. In 1993 she joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and feature performer and has not stopped working since.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kovert Creative

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Trivia (22)

Has three sisters: Susan Silverman, a feminist rabbi (and co-author, with husband Yosef Abramowitz, of the book "Jewish Family & Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children"); Laura Silverman, an actress; and Jodyne L. Speyer, author of "Dump 'Em: How To Break Up With Anyone From Your Best Friend to Your Hairdresser".
Once wrote an article for Penthouse Magazine.
In 2002, she began a relationship with comedian and TV host Jimmy Kimmel, immediately following Kimmel's divorce from his wife, Gina Kimmel.
Caused a major controversy when she used the word "chink" during a stand up routine on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
While a writer on Saturday Night Live (1975), played the Chop Suey in Adam Sandler's performance of "Lunchlady Land".
She does not drink alcoholic beverages.
Her favorite movie is The One and Only (1978).
She is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage.
Ranked #29 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Split from Jimmy Kimmel [July 14, 2008].
Reunited with Jimmy Kimmel as of October 2008.
A 1988 graduate of the Derryfield School, a private middle and high school in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Is a vegetarian.
Was in a relationship with Family Guy (1999) writer/producer Alec Sulkin from January 2010 until 23 October 2010.
Was in a relationship with actor Kyle Dunnigan from October 2011 to December 2013.
Spokesperson for the Center for Reproductive Rights' Draw the Line campaign. The Center for Reproductive Rights is a global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination and dignity as basic human rights.
She was ranked #74 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement.
First female guest of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012).
In a relationship with Welsh actor Michael Sheen since January 2014.
Endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election of the United States.
Plays acoustic guitar.
Friends with Tig Notaro.

Personal Quotes (47)

People are always introducing me as "Sarah Silverman, Jewish comedienne." I HATE that! I wish people would see me for who I really am -- I'm white!
[on the US-Iraq war of 2003:] "This is not the first time that Europe has been passive while a Jew-hating tyrant with a weird looking mustache killed the people by giving them gas. [Pause.] Obviously I'm talking about Chef Boyardee."
Some people say my humor focuses too much on stereotypes. It doesn't. It focuses on facts.
Was that incredible? Britney Spears. Wow. She is amazing. She is 25 years old and she's already accomplished everything she's going to accomplish in her life. It's mind-blowing.
I'd have to be honest: I have contempt for pretty much every drug other than pot. I find drunk people gross. Most people with more than one drink in them aren't giggly, goofy and happy the way people are with a puff of pot smoke in them. . . . At a party, I have so much fun stoned, flitting about -- but once I sniff that first wave of drunkenness on someone, I'm out of there.
I like my life alone. I mean, I love being with friends and I love kissing and loving someone to pieces. But it's hard to find someone who doesn't ultimately start judging you and your choices. Men like to squash you. I just want someone who's happy with himself, happy with his life. He doesn't have to squash mine.
I've turned down things that, I just go "I'd rather do stand-up than say this shitty exposition for bad writing." It's just not fun, like "but you're a lawyer and he loves you!" Good writing doesn't need some Greek chorus in the form of a sassy friend.
My comedy notebooks are filled with random journal entries. It's all the same. I can look back on old joke notebooks, and know exactly what was going on in my life.
I have very vivid dreams - almost always action-adventure. I'm often on the run. I've always had dreams. When I was little, I'd go to sleep with my head on my hands, which were in fists like I was looking through a camera. I felt like sleep was the movies - just drifting off to the movies.
I definitely think that prescription drugs, like antidepressants, are prescribed so cavalierly, anyone can get anything, but I need it. I do think that it needs to work hand and hand with therapy.
Everyone self-Googles. And, I have, of course, the Google alert.
My growing up years, we watched Happy Days (1974) every night. I don't know what was reruns and what was new.
It fills me with a weird rage to wear shoes that make me not able to walk easily or run if I had to. It feeds into this whole 'war on women' thing in my head.
I looked up and saw the shape of a heart made by the silhouette of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon kissing.
I tend to be more arrogant on stage. Far more ignorant. I sometimes say what I think and sometimes say the opposite of what I think and the lines get blurred, but I can only hope that some kind of absolute power transcends.
I don't set out to offend or shock, but I also don't do anything to avoid it.
Relations between black and white would be greatly improved if we were more accepting of our fears and our feelings and more vocal about it.
If you are truly offended by an 80-year-old man saying you're not funny, then you're probably not funny.
Traditionally, I have no right to talk about race. I'm white; I didn't grow up in an all-black neighborhood. But the license I see for myself is I'm a member of the world.
I was always the class clown; I made my family laugh, and that was when I was always happiest. I grew up listening to stand-up comedians' albums and watching them on TV, on The Tonight Show and Letterman.
I think maybe I became funny because as a kid, I was a Jew in a town of no Jews, and being funny just instinctively came about as a way to put people at ease around me.
It shows the truth - that the real meaning of a word is only as powerful or harmless as the emotion behind it.
I have a ton of Holocaust stuff, and some of it is really hard core.
They've got great parents; I'm just trying to be the fun uncle.
When I came out to L. A., I got a part in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager (1995), and I hired an acting coach.
Men like to squash you. I just want someone who's happy with himself, happy with his life. He doesn't have to squash mine.
Well, I'm not afraid to say something if I think it's funny, even if it's harsh or racist.
Smells definitely do have a crazy impact on me.
In terms of television and movies, I've been really interested in seeing the partnership of comedy and beauty and heart. I think they can go together really well and really thoughtfully. But, I'm a total one-hour drama addict. I think when you're a comedian, you tend towards dramas because that's the less stressful thing to watch.
I can't believe how much time has passed. The first time I did stand-up I was 17, and I was really a stand-up once I was 19 in New York, and now I'm 41, and I still feel like I haven't found myself onstage.
I still have highs and lows, maybe I don't cry salty tears as much.
I'm a very ritualistic person. I have to wash my face twice, and on the second wash before I rinse, I brush my teeth, then I rinse, then I floss, then I put on moisturizer. I'm ritualistic. Jewishness is very ritualistic.
Growing up, I always loved Disney movies, but the first movie I remember seeing is 'Sleepers,' so I wasn't really taken to children's movies.
And then before going back for my sophomore year, I decided to change my major to arts and sciences, and my dad cut a deal with me: He said if I'd quit school he'd pay my rent for the next three years, as if I were in school.
I'd love to do drama if it was interesting.
I mean, I talk about being Jewish a lot. It's funny because I do think of myself as Jewish ethnically, but I'm not religious at all. I have no religion.
But I think you can make fun of anything as long as it's funny enough.
You want to make people laugh and by virtue of that please them, but when you're instructed to make people laugh and please them, you're too resentful to do it.
I'm always writing; I'm always jotting things down on paper or making notes in my iPhone. Then I'll make myself sit down and kind of shape it up, but there's really no other way to practice other than onstage.
I think I've been called edgy - but in all honesty, there is a safety in what I do because I'm always the idiot. Unless you're just listening to buzz words and not taking into account the context of the situation, you see I'm always the ignoramus.
I like my messiness on stage, though I watch comics who come at a joke from every angle and I think, 'Yeah! That's how it's done!' But for me it's the audience. If I feel connected to them, I have so much fun, and if not, it stinks.
I enjoy the last quarter of all basketball games.
You know, I think whatever a comic talks about onstage is all they talk about offstage.
I had a lot of depression as a kid.
I'm doing a lot of stand-up, but not like when you're living in New York and you can do three sets a night and it's your life, and you sleep all day and you wake up and you eat with a bunch of other comics and then get ready for the night.
I remember when I got a part on Seinfeld (1989) it was like an out of body experience, I was so excited.
Earlier in my career, I was really tight, really together, and knew who I was and I was confident. I kind of feel in between now.

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