Sarah Silverman

February 22. 2013 8:51PM

Stand-up comedienne and actress Sarah Silverman was born in Bedford on December 1, 1970. She was a student of the Derryfield School in Manchester. Silverman got her start on "Saturday Night Live" as a writer and featured character, but she only logged in one season on the show. Because only one of her skits made it to the air, she used that as fodder for her appearance on the "Larry Sanders Show." She has since appeared on HBO's sketch comedy show, "Mr. Show with Bob and David," followed by several guest appearances on shows like "Seinfeld", "Entourage" and "Star Trek: Voyager."

Her success skyrocketed in 2005 when she released her own feature film, Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic to limited theaters. The film went to DVD in the summer of 2006. After that, Silverman debuted her own show, The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central in February 2007.

Sarah's comic style is somewhat controversial and could perhaps be considered edgy, or even over the edge. She was raised by Jewish parents, so the topic of religion is often on the table. She has also addressed issues like sex and racism in her shows. She has three sisters, Susan Silverman, a feminist rabbi and author, Laura Silverman, also an actress, and screenwriter Jody Silverman. Her interest in comedy began early on, and she performed for the first time at the club "Stitches" in Boston at the young age of 17.

Silverman has appeared in several films including the cult hit, There's Something About Mary, Bulworth, The Bachelor and School of Rock. She has also provided one of the featured voices for the hit show Crank Yankers. In 2007, she hosted the MTV Movie Awards and stirred up some controversy over her remarks toward heiress Paris Hilton. She also kicked off her own sitcom, The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central. Her sister Laura plays her sister on the show. The program is one of Comedy Central's most successful shows, with a viewership of 1.8 million. In January 2010, Saint John of Las Vegas was released to limited theatres and film festivals. Sarah appeared in the film with Steve Buscemi. She starred in the film Take This Waltz with Seth Rogen in 2011 and is appearing as the voice of Vanellope Von Schweetz in the 3D computer-animated film Wreck-It Ralph, due out in 2012. In November 2011, NBC won a bidding war for a pilot of a romantic sit-com that Sarah is set to star in. She will also co-write the pilot along with Jon Schroeder and Dan Sterling.

Silverman made Maxim Magazine's Hot 100 List in 2006, placing #50. She ranked #29 and appeared on the cover of the magazine the following year. She was linked romantically with Jimmy Kimmel; the two had an on-again, off-again relationship for some time. The couple officially split in March 2009. As of January 2010, Silverman was rumored to be dating Alec Sulkin, a producer and writer for Family Guy but they broke up in October 2010.

Sarah's memoir, The Bedwetter, was published in April 2010.

Sarah Silverman and her sisters present their mother Beth Ann O'Hara with a lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 NH Theatre Awards:

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