We like Sarah Silverman as much as the next girl, though, we’d judge from recent conversations we’ve had, not nearly so much as the next guy. "Jesus is Magic," her concert film, opens this Friday and looks like fun. But Sarah, seriously, you’re burning through your underground hipness quota really quickly â€” five profiles in so many months? If you examine the following time-line and mentally attach your own circulation estimates, you can actually watch her become famous:
September: Tim Bennett talks to her for The Believer. It’s in your typically sensitive and somewhat twee Believer fashion, and is conducted over e-mail. Bedwetting is discussed.
Mid-September: Andrew Goldman interviews her for Radar, and asks the tough questions â€” the tough gossipy questions, about her calling her boyfriend fat and about how much sex she used to have. Accompanying: mock-Maxim photo. Bedwetting is discussed.
October 17: Dana Goodyear makes her the subject of a lengthy New Yorker profile â€” affirmation! As is typical for a New Yorker profile, descriptive choices cut both ways:
Silverman is thirty-four and coltish, with shiny black hair and a china-doll complexion. Her arms are long and her center of gravity is low: she is five feet seven, and moves like a vervet monkey.
Once again, bedwetting is discussed, but in a pathos-related way.
November 9: All business over the phone with Marcelle Clement for the New York Times. Once again, no bedwetting, but a few more details on the tough one-season stint 12 years ago at "Saturday Night Live" she doesn’t like to talk about.
While on the topic of the fine art of shocking comedy…A C Grayling at the Independent discusses the real Earl of Rochester (who will be played by Johnny Depp in the upcoming "The Libertine") and how, no matter how scandalous, the film will never live up to the man’s reality.
Rochester was a poet of great talent, a brave naval officer, a rampantly intemperate bisexual, a harvester of maidenheads, a pimp and bawd for his King, a Hooray Henry repeatedly involved in duels and brawls (at least one of which resulted in the murder of a citizen of London) – and he died a victim in 1680, aged just 33, of accumulated doses of both gonorrhoea and syphilis.
Dirty! In the trailer, which is up on the official site, the film brands itself "The Most Controversial Film of the Year!," which is a title that seems to be up for some debate in this fair 2005.
+ Sarah Silverman (Believer)
+ Comic Relief (Radar)
+ QUIET DEPRAVITY (New Yorker)
+ Almost nothing’s off limits for edgy Sarah Silverman. (LA Times)
+ Speaking Softly While Tromping on Taboos (NY Times)
+ Johnny Depp and the Libertines: The history behind his new role (Independent)