Synopses & Reviews
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At HarperCollins, we are committed to customer satisfaction. Before proceeding with your purchase, please take the following questionnaire to determine your likelihood of enjoying this book:
1. Which of the following do you appreciate?
(a) Women with somewhat horse-ish facial features.
(b) Women who, while not super Jew-y, are more identifiably Jewish than, say, Natalie Portman.
(c) Frequent discussion of unwanted body hair.
2. Are you offended by the following behavior?
(a) Instructing one's grandmother to place baked goods in her rectal cavity.
(b) Stripping naked in public — eleven times in a row.
(c) Stabbing one's boss in the head with a writing implement.
3. The best way to treat an emotionally fragile young girl is:
(a) Murder the main course of her Thanksgiving dinner before her very eyes.
(b) Tell her that her older sister is prettier than she, and then immediately die.
(c) Prevent her suicide by recommending she stay away from open windows.
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"Demonstrating that her penchant for swearing began at an early age, comedian Silverman begins her hilarious memoir by describing how, at age three, she gleefully responded to her grandmother's offer of brownies with 'shove 'em up your ass.' Growing up in New Hampshire ('where cows are well done and Jews are rare'), Silverman naturally gravitated toward performing and moved to New York, where she attended and eventually dropped out of New York University to pursue a standup comedy career. Mixing show business moments (she wrote for Saturday Night Live for one season, but none of her sketches made it past dress rehearsal) with stories of her childhood and adolescence (punctuated by a persistent bedwetting problem), Silverman never shies away from poking fun at her own expense. Though she's best known for sexually explicit jokes, Silverman is able to address more serious subjects in the book without losing her edge, particularly her teenage struggle with depression and that her often abrasive public persona allowed her to 'say what I didn't mean, even preach the opposite of what I believed....It was a funny way of being sincere.' 8-page color insert." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Comedian Sarah Silverman is an acquired taste. If you like orgasms, farts, and excrement, she is delicious....[A]n absurdist's delight." Booklist
"For any reader who enjoys Silverman's stand-up and television work, her freshman literary effort is highly entertaining, provides a fascinating introduction to the person behind the persona, and should fly off the shelves..." Library Journal
"Readers' views of the later chapters might depend on their tolerance for fart jokes, sexual references and backstage tales (more about show biz than who's shtupping whom). Nonetheless, Silverman's book suggests that, behind the cute face and dirty mouth, there's a clever woman with a warm heart." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"In this book, as onstage, she has the power to shock — not so easy in these times. Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor crossed lines; now that the controversy has faded, we remember their genius. And so we will with Sarah Silverman." People
"Odd, shambling, and funny... as close to an explanation of Silverman and her comedy as we're likely to get. It seems to be saying, Obviously I'm joking, but it's also me up there." New York magazine
"Deftly mixes the spit-take funny stuff with an unsentimental but enlightened look back at her not-so-charmed life and career." Vanity Fair
“Often hilarious and occasionally revelatory.… More than just a collection of gags and stand-up leftovers, ‘The Bedwetter is a mostly cohesive narrative of how a rebellious comic perspective evolved and became inseparable from the person who employs it, and how anyone who could find offense in that is really the butt of the joke.” New York Times
“Without curtailing her trademark potty-mouth humor and shock tactics, comedian Sarah Silverman has written a memoir thats sweet, funny, real and, dare I say it, occasionally even touching… Silvermans book suggests that, behind the cute face and dirty mouth, theres a clever woman with a warm heart.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Its irreverent, funny and sometimes winningly serious…. Though Silvermans book provides her customary shock-and-awe humor ... it is Silvermans honesty and vulnerability that are most surprising.” Los Angeles Times
“An engrossing (and grossing) journey from childhood to childish adulthood.... Silvermans standup, normally marked by a detached persona and thick outer layer of snark and irony, is off-putting for some, but here she hits previously unseen levels of honesty and sincerity while still retaining her expected level of filth.” Heeb Magazine
“Readers...get a fully realized portrait of Silverman: tales from a youth spent moistening mattresses and fighting depression in New Hampshire; her salad days as a struggling comedienne in New York; and the various trials that have come with being the filthiest, funniest woman on television.” Elle
“Hilarious memoir...Silverman never shies away from poking fun at her own expense. Though shes best known for sexually explicit jokes, Silverman is able to address more serious subjects in the book without losing her edge, particularly her teenage struggle with depression.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne, Sarah Silverman, comes a memoir that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah's television show "The Sarah Silverman Program", or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler's Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea
and Artie Lange's Too Fat to Fish
, you'll love The Bedwetter
With her signature taboo-breaking humor, Silverman writes on everything from her epic struggle with hairy arms (there's not enough wax in the world) to the death of her infant brother.
About the Author
Sarah Silverman is the co-creator and star of The Sarah Silverman Program. She won an Emmy in 2009 for her video "I'm F***ing Matt Damon," and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role on The Sarah Silverman Program. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Duck, presuming he does not die prior to publication, which is moderately to extremely likely.