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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Sarah Silverman visited by Jon Hamm as President Lincoln, Jason Sudeikis as President Nixon and Comedy Central's President Trump
Watch I Love You, America's presidential sketch featuring everybody from Adam Scott to Anthony Ataminuik.
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 12:19PM EDT
Sarah Silverman: My I Love You, America monologue helped one of Louis CK's daughters deal with his sexual misconduct scandal
Source: The Daily Beast
Silverman said Friday night "I can't be objective" when it comes to Louis CK's return to standup comedy because "Louis is my brother, we grew up together, I’ve known him since I was 19." As part of a Paley Center for Media discussion, Silverman also said her monologue on Louis CK from last November's I Love You, America in which she asked “Can you love someone who did bad things?” helped CK's daughter. "I will say—and I hope this is OK to say—that after I did that (monologue), he called me. And he said it really helped one of his daughters to understand," said Silverman. "She showed it to him and she said, I can love you even though you did bad things. And we cried. It was a small silver lining in a very bleak story."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
With I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman has conquered how to create a talk show for a streaming service
Chelsea Handler, Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale failed on Netflix, and David Letterman's interview show doesn't really count. "Unlike Wolf, McHale and Handler, and more like Letterman — if not current broadcast luminaries like Jimmy Fallon and James Corden — Silverman has tapped into a surprisingly vibrant strain of broadness at an otherwise disruptive time for television," says Andrew Husband. "When it seems like everyone else is trying to make content for very specific niches of interest, the 47-year-old comedian is more interested in getting her material out in front of coastal liberal elites, conservatives from the American Heartland, and everything in between the two, and beyond. In other words, pretty much anyone who has a Hulu subscription and happens to find I Love You, America in its catalog."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Many TV favorites have been invited to become Oscar voters, from Mindy Kaling to Andre Braugher
The Academy's new Oscar voters also include Sarah Silverman, Hank Azaria, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael K. Williams, George Lopez, Christine Baranski, Alison Brie, Rashida Jones, Dave Chappelle, Anna Chlumsky, Wendell Pierce, Olivia Colman, Gina Rodriguez, Yeardley Smith, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Pedro Pascal, Ann Dowd, Lena Headey and Randall Park.
# TOPICS: 90th Academy Awards, George Lopez, Alison Brie, Andre Braugher, Anna Chlumsky, Ann Dowd, Christine Baranski, Dave Chappelle, Gina Rodriguez, Hank Azaria, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Kyra Sedgwick, Lena Headey, Michael K. Williams, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Colman, Pedro Pascal, Randall Park, Rashida Jones, Sarah Silverman, Wendell Pierce, Yeardley Smith, Award Shows, Film Academy
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Sarah Silverman is now "horrified" that she appeared in blackface in 2007 on The Sarah Silverman Show
“Comedy by nature is not at all evergreen,” Silverman said in her GQ profile. “So if you’re doing it right, you look back at your old stuff and you’re horrified. I don’t stand by the blackface sketch. I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on.”
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Sarah Silverman defends Al Franken, says of Louis CK: "I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists"
"All I can say is, and he may not be excited about this, but he has no sexuality," Silverman says of Franken in a GQ profile. "I believe in my heart of heart of hearts he never copped a feel." As for Louis CK and whether he should be allowed to make a comeback, she says: “I think that there are people who were caught and there were people who were not caught, but the important thing is that they are forever changed. And if that's the case, I don't see any reason why they can't continue being artists. Now, whether they're popular artists or not is up to the audience. I have compassion. There are people that just deny everything they're accused of and they continue to be the politicians or the filmmakers that they are. And there are people that come and say, I'm guilty of these things, and I'm wrong, and I want to be changed from this. And yet those are the ones that kind of are excommunicated forever. He's my brother, so it's hard. I may not have a very clear perspective on it, but I'm trying to.” Silverman also spoke about Aziz Ansari, saying of her reaction to his sexual misconduct scandal: “I was just like, Gross, I don't wanna know that about Aziz! Hopefully he's dealing with things, looking inward, and will blossom from it.”
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Vanity Fair isn't laughing at GQ mocking its Photoshop fail
Source: Page Six
GQ unveiled the cover to its annual comedy issue this morning featuring Sarah Silverman, Issa Rae and Kate McKinnon each sporting extra arms and legs, poking fun at Vanity Fair's cover earlier this year that gave Reese Witherspoon three legs and Oprah Winfrey three arms. According to Page Six, "Condé insiders say Vanity Fair execs are furious — because GQ apparently didn’t give them any advance warning about the hilarious spoof."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Sarah Silverman's I Love You, America will return in time for the midterm elections
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Hulu announced that Silverman's political talk show has been picked up for an 11-episode second season premiering on Sept. 6.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Ranking Netflix's 45 best stand-up comedy specials
Source: The Daily Dot
Chris Rock's Tamborine ranks No. 5, Sarah Silverman's A Speck of Dust is No. 1.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Nell Scovell's new book tells what it's like to be a female TV writer in the "Hollywood Boys' Club"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Sabrina, the Teenage Witch creator has been through it all, as revealed in her new book Just the Funny Parts: A Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club. Scovell was one of the few female writers to work on Late Night with David Letterman, and worked with Conan O'Brien early in her career. She's also written for Charmed, The Simpsons, Murphy Brown, Newhart, Monk, the Smothers Brothers, NCIS, The Muppets -- and for President Obama. "I really want men to read the book," says Scovell. "And the ones who have already, have really enjoyed it. I think it's more eye-opening for them. Women nod along and men kind of stroke their chins. I basically lived like a guy for, certainly the first decade of my career, and I just wanted to blend in. I didn't want them to notice my gender because I wanted to stay in the room. I thought that if they don't notice that I'm the only girl here, I'll get to stay." ALSO: Scovell tells Marc Maron she inspired Sarah Silverman's writer character on The Larry Sanders Show, though they've never met.
# TOPICS: Nell Scovell, Charmed (1998 series), The Larry Sanders Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Monk, The Muppets, Murphy Brown, NCIS, Newhart, The Simpsons, Sarah Silverman, TV Books, Women and TV
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 3:25PM EST
Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen have “consciously uncoupled”
After nearly four years together, Silverman and the Master of Sex alum have broken up. “The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas,” Silverman tweeted. “I mean, not ‘over Christmas’ - like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard. Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, ‘How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?’” Silverman and Sheen started dating in January 2014.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
Billy Eichner enlists Jimmy Kimmel and other late-night hosts to “Glam Up the Midterms”
Source: The A.V. Club
Unveiled on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eichner's new project with Funny or Die encourages young people to vote in this year’s midterm election through a website and the hashtag #glamupthemidterms.
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
Netflix released limited edition vinyl albums of its standup specials to break into the Grammys
Source: The Wall Street Journal
That’s how four comedians — Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan and Sarah Silverman — were able to garner Grammy nominations for best comedy albums.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
Sarah Silverman calls out a conservative media watchdog for falsely referring to her Jesus depiction as “Pro-Choice Liberal”
Fred Armisen played “Jesus in a Sandwich Shop” in tonight’s I Love You, America episode, which prompted the conservative Media Research Council to call Silverman’s depiction “Pro-Choice Liberal.” In fact, tweeted Silverman, “Jesus is personally against abortion in this depiction. But how can UB expected to watch a whole 5 1/2 min video B4 commenting on it.”