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Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Sarah Silverman is a comedienne who doesn't just court controversy, she positively wallows in it. Memorably putting in a brief yet discomforting and highly memorable appearance in THE ARISTOCRATS, Silverman offers viewers the chance to witness her stand-up act with JESUS IS MAGIC. The show itself was taped in 2004, and is interjected with off-set skits, songs, and general goofing around from Silverman and her friends in the comedy world. As soon as Silverman takes to the stage, sacred cows come tumbling down, and continue to do so throughout the set. Race, sex, class, 9/11, rape, the Holocaust--no topic is considered untouchable for the seemingly fearless Silverman. Amazingly, she also manages to come across as likeable and even prone to bouts of insecurity ("I just want you to think I'm thin," she pleads at one point), which undoubtedly makes some of the stronger material much easier to swallow.

    Director Liam Lynch, who has worked with Tenacious D, and made a memorable foray into the music industry with his song "United States of Whatever," keeps the visual trickery to a minimum, simply shooting Silverman with a basic crew and including a few swooping shots over the heads of the audience. The skits peppered throughout bring cult TV shows such as KIDS IN THE HALL and MR. SHOW to mind (Bob Odenkirk from the latter makes a brief appearance), and nicely break up the stand-up routine. Silverman never explains her humor or feels the need to put in a disclaimer to make everything seem okay, which is a device that not only makes some of the laughter a guilt-edged pleasure, it also forces the audience to think about many of the issues she is tackling, making Silverman's act enjoyable, unique, and deliciously funny.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IS0141DVD

  • Credits
    Sarah Silverman, Bob Odenkirk, Mark Williams
  • Critic Reviews
    "[H]er ironic eagerness is infectious....Silverman, with her willingness to say anything can be liberating: a bomb-tossing jester in the blasphemous-and-proud-of-it tradition of Lenny Bruce and Howard Stern." -- Grade: B-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[H]er gift for mimicking the prevailing modern tones and idioms of piety, hypocrisy and wounded innocence is considerable..."
    New York Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his funny woman's ear for satire, coupled with clever use of the comedic safety-net that is irony, giver her freedom to say anything she likes...and get away with it."

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