Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
I rarely read celebrity biographies, but found Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter irresistible. Sarah Silverman is the girlfriend of my dreams; someone I fantasize about hanging out with and joking raunchily with while avoiding the shock and awe reactions I usually muster up in anyone who is not a dude.
Silverman's The Bedwetter is an example of a really clever way for a celebrity to overcome any hang-ups and insecurities they may have had before or during stardom. A large portion of the biography is attributed to Silverman's problems with bed-wetting throughout her childhood years. While this subject does consume quite a few chapters, Sarah sprinkles in as much humor as possible, which causes the reader to appreciate her nonchalant hilarity more than her confrontation of the bed-wetting trauma.
I also love her blunt approach in regards to explaining her sex-life and experience with drugs. Taboo or not, it's tremendously easy to relate to Sarah; after all, we've all experienced the same things, but we just don't talk about it. Again, if Sarah were my pal, I'm sure we'd have a field day with these topics. Sarah compares her sexual promiscuity to the whirlwhind that is the Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil. Ha!
Sarah Silverman's family background and the anecdotes she shares about her family are not boring at all in comparison to most auto-biographers. Without glorifying her parents and siblings to the point where we want to roll our eyes and gag ourselves with spoons due to the gushy sentiments, Sarah explains why and how they helped shape her into the comedienne she is in the most tasteful, humorous manner possible.
My favorite part of Silverman's The Bedwetter comes at the end of the book, in which there is an explicit and graphic picture of a co-worker's penis with a butterfly hairclip attached to it. Apparently a woman had lost the hairclip in the writing room, to which the writing team wittily took a picture of it attached to someone's dick, leaving a note about it along with this picture. Hilarious -- especially when you work with a team of close-knit people without grim intentions. Why can't people in the world be more fun like this?
The only lag in The Bedwetter are Sarah's thorough and somewhat boring descriptions of setting up and running her television series, The Sarah Silverman Program, which at this time is still ongoing. I know this is all part of the marketing ploy to help promote her series; after all, this is why celebrities pen their own biographies, but a little less business and more humor would have made The Bedwetter simply perfect!
My favorite, most memorable Sarah Silverman experiences are her performances in the short-lived Crank Yankers series and her stint in School of Rock as the bitchy girlfriend. I continue to remain a huge fan, she is incredibly hilarious!
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