Sarah Silverman made her comedy bones in the 1990s and 2000s by delivering dirty jokes with a look that influenced a generation of young millennial women who have since entered stand-up comedy.
But Silverman also has proven her worth in this business by demonstrating her range, from musical talents to her ability to inhabit more serious dramatic acting roles (Take This Waltz, Masters of Sex), to writing a memoir showcasing her vulnerability in “The Bedwetter.” Her first special, Jesus Is Magic, played in movie theaters. Her second, We Are Miracles, debuted on HBO and earned her an Emmy for writing. In 2017, she has joined the throngs to put out her own Netflix special.
The 2016 presidential election gave Sarah Silverman an even bigger platform than she’d had in the previous two campaigns. The comedian best known previously for taking on taboos with sly snark or for portraying herself on TV in The Sarah Silverman Program had twice taken to YouTube and Funny or Die to implore her fans to get out the vote for Barack Obama. Silverman stepped it up last year, though, not only stumping on the campaign trail for Bernie Sanders, but also speaking at the Democratic National Convention – alongside fellow former Saturday Night Live colleague and current U.S. Sen. Al Franken.
Her activism prompted death threats against her over Twitter, which she references at the beginning of her first Netflix special, Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust. “When you’re a comedian now, you really have to think things through before you post them, you know, on Twitter,” she says, before asking the audience, “Who do we think we are? Presidents?”
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust is available now on Netflix