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Sarah Silverman makes her Tahoe debut Saturday night

Tim Parsons
tparsons@tahoedailytribune.com

Sarah Silverman’s humor comes from all angles and media, be it television, the big screen or upon a stage.

The ubiquitous comic will do stand-up Saturday, April 9, in the MontBleu Theatre. It will be the first Tahoe appearance for “the Big S.”

“I haven’t toured in three years, but I’ve been doing lots of shorter sets in L.A. while working on other stuff,” Silverman said in an interview with the Tahoe Daily Tribune. “This tour has been a chance to put it all together and see what I got, and hone it from city to city. I’m always a messy work in progress.”

Silverman was in “production” this week for an episode of the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife,” so she answered questions by e-mail.

Her book of short stories released one year ago, “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee,” made the New York Times’ Best Seller List.

“I had been offered book deals before but never felt a good book inside me,” she said. “But then, I did. I move slow. I don’t like to force something that isn’t there and for me it’s always worth it to wait. Sometimes to the frustration of others – my book was due in May but I didn’t finish it until the following January.

“It’s just never worth it to me to rush and pass in some crappy thing. What’s the point? But I move slow, and am not as prolific as other comics, like Louis C.K. or Patton Oswalt, who blow my mind with their seemingly never-ending flow of genius.”

Silverman wrote briefly for “Saturday Night Live” and also worked with five writers, including co-star Brian Posehn, for three years on the recently concluded “The Sarah Silverman Program.” She starred as herself living an irreverent life dealing with abstract situation such as dating, and subsequently dumping, God. She also took on topics like racism, abortion and same-sex weddings.

Dealing with controversial issues potentially could flush hecklers from a live comedy show, but she said that usually isn’t the case.

“I try to talk honestly and break down what it is they’re doing,” she said. “But if it’s consistent, and I can’t even pause because I know the heckler will fill any quiet space – that really hurts the show, so I’d just assume they get booted. It’s a very sad and desperate way that people are finding to connect – and coupled with drunkenness, it can really ruin a show. It’s not fair to the rest of the audience. That said, it rarely happens.”


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