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Is Sarah Silverman funny?

Is Sarah Silverman funny?

When it was announced that Sarah Silverman would be gracing London with her presence, a few of my more adventurours comedy friends were excited. At least until the price of £40 a ticket was revealed, at which point my friends slowly backed away from the idea of buying a ticket.

Personally, I’m not sure why it’s funny to laugh at/with a skinny white Jewish woman making a complete balls-up about hot taboo topics like racism and AIDS. I’m fairly sure most grandmothers do the same thing, for a start. But then I’ve never really liked The Office or South Park either – what’s so funny about five-year-olds saying naughty things? (I will readily admit to loving the South Park Movie – for whatever reason, that so works as a spoof of musicals).

It would seem that having actually watched Ms Silverman, many London fans were bitterly disappointed when they spent £40 and only got 35 minutes of her performance, followed by a rather weak Q&A when she revealed that she had no more material. A fair bit of heckling and boo’ing ensued…

Why would you fly 6 hours across the Atlantic to perform just 35 minutes of material that you’ve performed before – especially considering she’d done the publicity circuit that weekend, miming a blowjob with Ricky Gervais on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. She might have been very scared by the London audience and their vibe of “C’mon, impress me” – but then, she’s played New York. And if you can break that crowd…

Anyway, bring on Eddie Izzard in December. Although he’s cost me £50 a ticket…

Why the fucking Sarah Silverman/Matt Damon/Ben Affleck music videos could do with more fucking…

Why the fucking Sarah Silverman/Matt Damon/Ben Affleck music videos could do with more fucking…

In case you’ve missed the videos that are virally spreading across the internet, Matt Damon has apparently been the butt of ABC chatshow host Jimmy Kimmel‘s closing jokes. So for the five year anniversary, Kimmel’s girlfriend Sarah Silverman did a music video where she proudly proclaimed she was fucking Matt Damon. And in retaliation, Kimmel proudly proclaimed (with the help of a surprisingly star-studded celebrity choir) that he was fucking Ben Affleck.

Putting the videos online was, obviously, a natural move for the broadcasters. But for all the hip savvy new-medianess that it professes to show, there’s one huge flaw in putting them online.

All the videos are bleeped to buggery, which rather ruins the flow of the song to say the least. But you’d think that on the Internet versions of the songs, you could put the uncensored versions up. Especially considering the YouTube username for one of the videos is imfuckingbenaffleck, which – as far as I can tell – was placed there by ABC staff. But nope, even though you can see the word fucking surrounding the video, and it’s pretty damn obvious what they’re singing (and gesturing) woe betide anyone actually hears the words.

It also shows that for all the good egg that Matt Damon is, he is absolutely hopeless at doing comedy. He gurns hopelessly throughout the video. But for some bizarre reason, Ben Affleck manages to pull it off while wearing a tight lycra top.

Oh yeah, and Americans love hearing celebrities swear. I’m not sure a version with Tess Daly singing I’m Fucking Ant McPharlin would get so many laughs…

Anyway, all together now:

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