Now that the third season of The Sarah Silverman Program is well underway (Thursdays at midnight on Comedy Central, y'all), the eponymous star was gracious enough to sit down and answer some of our most thought-provoking questions.
CollegeHumor: What was the first movie you remember thinking, damn, this is funny? What was the last?
Sarah Silverman: The Jerk or Sleeper were the first. The last
maybe Observe and Report? Or Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated was kind of genius.
CH: You were 22 when you were hired on SNL. Any insight to explain your fairly precocious ability to write comedy?
SS: I officially can't explain my ability to write comedy back then because I recently looked at my old sketches from that year (1993/94) and they were ALL extremely terrible.
CH: Former writers of SNL seem to either love or hate their time there. Where do you stand? Who did you connect with while you were there?
SS: I actually liked it. It was very overwhelming and scary, but also amazing and I beamed with pride that I was there. I would find ways to manipulate conversations with cab drivers so they'd ask me where I worked. I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. I'm still very close with Kevin Nealon. I'd be super tickled to bump into anyone from that time Adam Sandler was always so kind and warm to me but I'm probably closer now with the people in the present cast.
CH: You've made appearances on some classic comedy programs, including SNL, Seinfeld, Crank Yankers, The Larry Sanders Show, and of course Mr. Show. Which was your favorite to do?
SS: They all represent such different places in time. Larry Sanders and Mr.Show were the most special to me I'd say.
CH: If you had to choose one duo to work with for the rest of your career, would it be Bob Odenkirk and David Cross or Steve Agee and Brian Posehn?
SS: That is an unfair question! I love them all! But I've been working with Brian and Steve for a while now and they have become home to me. That said it's an embarrassment of riches! I love them all!
CH: If you had to pitch yourself in the typical 'this meets that' fashion, who/what would your two components be?
SS: Fran Leibowitz meets Danny Partridge.
CH: You turned down a role in Clerks II a few years ago. Any other interesting roles you turned down? Any regrets?
SS: No regrets. That part just wasn't for me, but Rosario Dawson played it and made it so much better than I could have. I don't get many movie opportunities that are my cup of tea. The female lead in most comedies says things like, "When are you gonna get your life together and get a job!" and that's just not interesting to me.
CH: Are there any obscenities that actually gross you out to say?
I don't know
CH: Who are some comedians that you think should be more famous than they are?
SS: Tig Notaro, Chelsea Peretti and Todd Glass.
CH: How does the writer's room operate for The Sarah Silverman Program? Do you alone decide what plotlines to explore, or is it very collaborative?
SS: We sit in my living room and pitch story ideas. The ones I like we pin up on cards on a bulletin board. Then we pair stories together and write a very detailed outline as a room (there are 6 of us). Usually the writer who pitched the main storyline will be the one to write the script. We have fun and act like assholes.
CH: Who would be a dream guest star to have on The Sarah Silverman Program?
SS: An alive Ruth Gordon.
CH: What is one thing that will never stop being funny for you? Besides farting, of course.
SS: Poop and racism.
CH: What was more of an honor: getting your own television show, or being included in the Maxim Hot 100 list?
SS: Oooh, that's a tough one
CH: Do you ever feel weird doing 'sexy' photoshoots for magazines?
SS: No. Mostly it just feels, "right."
CH: We read somewhere that you worked on two shows for HBO before getting TSSP on Comedy Central. Can you tell us what were they about?
SS: I wrote them with Larry Charles (the coolest man in the world), and one was about post-9/11 Los Angeles and how it affected us so intensely and changed our worlds and gave us perspective, but as the hours passed we slowly got back to being obsessed with our own self-important lives, and the other one was about comics and their lazy jackass lives.
CH: Is there anyone in the world that, given the opportunity and no repercussions, you would punch in the face?
SS: I guess just your mom.