Sarah Silverman Biography

Sarah Silverman is a stand-up comedienne known for her performances in television shows and films. This biography provides detailed information on her childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: December 1, 1970

Nationality: American

Famous: Vegans Atheists

Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Sarah Kate Silverman

Born in: Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.

Famous as: Stand-up Comedian

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females

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Spouse/Ex-: Michael Sheen (2014–)

father: Donald Silverman

mother: Beth Ann

siblings: Jodyne, Laura Silverman, Susan

U.S. State: New Hampshire

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

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It wouldn’t be wrong to tag Sarah Silverman as the controversial comedy queen. Known for her sassy remarks and tongue-in-cheek humor, she rose to prominence for her satirical comedy and stress on social taboos and controversial topics including those of racism, sexism and religion. Interestingly, she developed a passion for comedy since a very young age. Before even getting into her teens, she started performing at local clubs and community theatres. Eventually, she dropped out of the New York University to pursue a full-time career in comedy. Though she gained a major break after she was roped in as a writer and performer at ‘Saturday Night Live’, this proved to be a dismissal start as she was oust after first season. Furthermore, her jokes lasted only but till dress rehearsal. The disappointing start did dishearten this young and talented comedienne but not for long as she made a comeback with HBO sketch comedy ‘Mr Show’, featuring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Since then, she was cast in a variety of television shows. She was featured even in a variety of films for which she donned comic and serious roles. She jumped to fame with her controversial statements and performances on her one-woman show, ‘Jesus is Magic’. In 2005, a film version of the same was released that highlighted her one-woman comedy show. Two years later, she was seen in the flagship program, ‘The Sarah Silverman Show’ which ran until 2010 on Comedy Central. The show became one of the most popular series for its politically incorrect humor.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Sarah Silverman was the youngest of the five children born to Beth Ann and Donald Silverman. Since an early age, she had the knack for entertaining audience through her raunchy, politically incorrect comedy.
  • In the early years, she went through a troubled phase. The Silvermans lived in the town dominated by Christians, which made young Sarah feel like an outsider as they belonged to the Jewish community. Furthermore, she battled with bouts of depression.
  • She developed an inherent love for comedy which stayed with her all through. At the age of 12, she started appearing at local clubs and community theatre and performed her first stand-up routine in Boston.
  • She attained her formal education from The Derryfield School in Manchester before enrolling at the New York University to study dramatics. However, she soon dropped out of the same to pursue a full-time career in comedy
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  • Dropping out of the university, she performed at the open mic gigs around Manhattan. It was during one of the tours that she was spotted by a scout of the legendary television show, ‘Saturday Night Live’ or SNL.
  • In 1993, she bagged herself the position of a writer and performer at SNL. However, the good luck did not last long as she was fired after one season. Furthermore, none of her jokes was aired as they were tagged nonconformist.
  • The hiatus from television did not last long as she bounced back in 1995 for the HBO sketch comedy ‘Mr Show’, featuring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. In the following year, she appeared on ‘The Larry Sanders Show’, playing a spoof of her stint at SNL. She also starred in two episodes of ‘Star Trek Voyager’.
  • In 1997, she bagged herself a lead role in Sam Seder’s film, ‘Who’s the Caboose?’ She and Seder reunited for a six-episode television series sequel entitled ‘Pilot Season’. The same year, she was also seen making guest appearance in ‘Seinfeld’
  • Her acting skills earned her roles in various films including, ‘There's Something About Mary’, ‘Say It Isn't So’, ‘School of Rock’, ‘The Way of the Gun’, ‘Overnight Delivery’, ‘Screwed’, ‘Heartbreakers’, ‘Evolution’, ‘School for Scoundrels’, and ‘Rent’.
  • Her television and film career ran co-laterally as she starred in a number of television comedies, ‘V.I.P.’, ‘Greg the Bunny’, ‘Crank Yankers’ and so on. Meanwhile, she began performing one-woman show, ‘Jesus Is Magic’. In the show, she cracked a number of jokes on off-limit subjects including September 11 attack and holocaust.
  • In 2005, she starred in the film version of the show, ‘Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic’. The film received a mixed reaction from the critics eventually doing a box office business of US$1.3 million.
  • Furthermore, her acting career witnessed an upsurge as she donned various hats. She played the role of a therapist in a skit for the DVD of the album, ‘Lullabies to Paralyze’. She parodied sketches from Chappelle's Show and appeared at the end of the video for American glam metal band ‘Steel Panther's’.
  • Her career reached the zenith of success after the launch of her flagship show, ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ in 2007. The show was a major success ever since its launch, with 1.81 million viewers and the highest 18–49 rating of the night on cable. The show lasted for three seasons and she played a fictitious version of herself.
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  • The same year, she made her network stand-up comedy debut on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. She even hosted the MTV Movie Awards and appeared in the MTV Video Music Awards.
  • In 2008, her song with Matt Damon, ‘I’m Fucking Matt Damon’ won her an Emmy award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. The video was an immediate sensation and created a stir as it was launched on her then boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel’s show, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
  • She was seen making a guest appearance as Marci Maven in the second-season episode of the USA cable program ‘Monk’. She then appeared in documentary, ‘Strange Powers’ about cult songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band - the Magnetic Fields.
  • She turned a writer in 2010 with her comic memoir, ‘The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee’.
  • In 2011, she was cast in a dramatic role for Sarah Polley’s film ‘Take This Waltz’, alongside Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. The movie was premiered at Toronto and was well received.
  • Her other projects include playing a voice role of Vanellope von Schweetz, in the 2012 Disney animated film, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. Furthermore, she serves as the writer and producer of the YouTube comedy channel, JASH which premiered on March 10, 2013.
  • She is expected to star alongside Patti LuPone and Topher Grace in the Lorne’s situation comedy pilot called ‘People in New Jersey’.
Awards & Achievements
  • She won an Emmy award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song, ‘I’m Fucking Matt Damon’
Personal Life & Legacy
  • She puts up in Los Angeles, California.
  • She is a vegan and non-alcoholic. Though ethically Jewish, she is an agnostic by belief.
  • She has been romantically linked with various actors and co-stars including, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn and Tom. Her affair with Jimmy Kimmel lasted for five years. The couple split only to be reunited for a year before parting ways for good.
  • She then dated American television writer Alec Sulkin for a few months before splitting with him. Since 2011, she has been in relationship with comedian Lyle Dunnigan.
  • She released the song, ‘I’m Fucking Matt Damon’ on her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel’s show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and that created a major stir.

1. The School of Rock (2003)

  (Music, Comedy, Family)

2. There's Something About Mary (1998)

  (Romance, Comedy)

3. The Muppets (2011)

  (Adventure, Family, Musical, Comedy)

4. Rent (2005)

  (Romance, Drama, Musical)

5. Bulworth (1998)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)

6. Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017)

  (Musical, Comedy, Music, Romance)

7. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

  (Music, Comedy)

8. The Way of the Gun (2000)

  (Thriller, Action, Drama, Crime)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2014 Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles (2013)
2008 Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

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