Day: October 22, 2008

Good or bad, Sarah Silverman’s making news

You may have your own opinion, but over the past couple of weeks, fans of comedian Sarah Silverman have decided they either love her, or they love her so much that they hate her if she lets them down. For those of you who need catching up, follow me… Two weeks ago, Silverman’s Comedy Central program began its third season, which prompted a series of interviews and promotional appearances. She also appeared in a video pushing "The Great Schlep" asking young Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida and convince them to vote for Barack Obama for president. Combined, that got Silverman profiled again in The New York Times. She also appeared on David Letterman’s show and got the CBS Sunday Morning profile treatment from Katie Couric. Here is an extended video remix of Couric and Silverman: Meanwhile, across the pond, Silverman was completing a weekend promotional tour of the U.K., complete with TV appearances and a live performance at the Hammersmith Apollo. Her TV gig made news for the fun she had with fellow guest Ricky Gervais. Her live performance made news for fans heckling her and general disappointment that the show did not go on as long or as orderly as planned. Steve Bennett at Chortle chided Silverman for not delivering her best or fullest: "Silverman may be more than a simple insult comedy, but with this...

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Good or bad? Sarah Silverman in the news

Sarah Silverman certainly has garnered plenty of headlines in the past week or two, and they have varied so wildly you’d think I could have titled this post The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. For those of you who need catching up, follow me… Two weeks ago, Silverman’s Comedy Central program began its third season, which prompted a series of interviews and promotional appearances. She also appeared in a video pushing "The Great Schlep" asking young Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida and convince them to vote for Barack Obama for president. Combined, that got Silverman profiled again in The New York Times. She also appeared on David Letterman’s show and got the CBS Sunday Morning profile treatment from Katie Couric. David Letterman, NYC clubs, Sunday morning interview with Katie Couricthen off to the U.K. to promote the DVD release of Jesus is Magic, TV appearances and a live show at the Hammersmith Apollo that had critics grumblingSteve Agee, who performs on Silverman’s Comedy Central show and literally had to phone it in for Sunday’s U.K. show due to illness, went on the message boards at A Special Thing to defend Silverman. Today’s edition of The Guardian tries to sort through all of the U.K. reviews. Let me add my two cents with another example: Ricky Gervais. Earlier this year, Gervais performed three shows at the Madison...

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