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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

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Narrative digressions on sex, race, politics, and more from comedienne Sarah Silverman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Silverman ... Sarah
Brian Posehn ... Friend
Laura Silverman ... Friend
Bob Odenkirk ... Manager
Steve Agee ... Guy in Wings
Jim Bodma Jim Bodma ... Grandma's Friend
Jon Cellini ... Funeral Attendee
David Derby David Derby ... Bass Guitar Player
Suzannah Fagan Suzannah Fagan ... Soccer Mom
Robin Goldwasser Robin Goldwasser ... Harmonies
Dee Kaye Dee Kaye ... Soccer Mom
Jonathan Kimmel ... Harmonies
Michael Kotch Michael Kotch ... Guitar Player / Keyboards
Kiyano La'vin ... African American Guy
Ben Matthews Ben Matthews ... Grandma's Friend
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Storyline

Sarah Silverman appears before an audience in Los Angeles with several sketches, taped outside the theater, intercut into the stand-up performance. Themes include race, sex, and religion. Her comic persona is a self-centered hipster, brash and clueless about her political incorrectness. A handful of musical numbers punctuate the performance. It begins and ends with her in conversation with two friends: at the start, she's the loser compared to their recent artistic successes; by the end, she's the star, in her dressing room, dismissive and cutting. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сара Сильверман: Иисус - это чудо See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$124,475, 13 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,324,244, 19 March 2006
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Black Gold Films (II) See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sarah Silverman based this movie on acts she performed in New York and Los Angeles, according to an interview with NPR (November 9, 2005). See more »

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[first lines]
[Sarah Silverman is visiting her friends, who are boasting about their latest creative achievements]
Friend: So then I said, "Shut up, you stupid twat."
Friend: [petting her dog] Oh, my God.
Friend: I know. And then I'm like, Oh, fuck, what did I just do? But then the audience loved it! They went nuts, and she looked like an idiot. Like, they were all like, "She is a stupid twat that should shut up!"
Friend: That's awesome.
Friend: So it felt really good. So that's on the record.
Friend: You'll sell, like, so many more copies ...
[...]
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Featured in The History of Comedy: The Funnier Sex (2017) See more »

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Austin Movie Show review - brutal, politically-incorrect and brilliant
11 December 2005 | by leilapostgradSee all my reviews

I've never seen a stand-up comedy hour get national theatrical distribution before, but I know why this one did. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic is some of the most subversive, brutal, politically-incorrect, and brilliant stand-up comedy out there. Silverman splices up the stand-up routine with silly and obnoxious musical numbers, and it works. Though it may not make $1 million at the box office, Jesus Is Magic will undoubtedly become a comedy classic along the lines of Eddie Murphy: Raw and Bill Cosby: Himself.

What makes Silverman so ballsy is fearless take on race ("The best time to conceive, of course, is when you're a black teenager"), religion ("The only time religion matters is when you have kids and you're deciding what to teach them. If my boyfriend and I ever have a kid, we'll just be honest with it. We'll say that mommy is one of God's chosen people, and daddy believes that Jesus is magic!"), rape ("I was raped by a doctor… which is kind of bittersweet for a Jew"), the Holocaust ("The Holocaust would never had happened if black people lived in Germany in the 1930s and 40s… well, it wouldn't have happened to Jews"), and 9/11 ("I think American Airlines' new slogan should be: We were the first to hit the twin towers") – every topic you're NOT supposed to joke about. Obviously these jokes are better on screen than read in print.

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic is comic genius. Your cheeks will hurt from laughing so hard. It's the perfect cure for the holiday blues.


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