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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sarah Silverman Bombs in London

posted by on October 21 at 13:14 PM


On Sunday night, Sarah Silverman made her London debut with a show at the Hammersmith Apollo. It lasted 40 minutes, consisted of almost entirely recycled material, and ended with Silverman being forced to “give a Q&A session as an encore after admitting she had no other material prepared.”

It sounds uniquely squirmy, and I look forward to YouTube evidence. In the meantime, here are reviews from the BBC and the Times.

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But she's so naughty and hot! Doesn't that count for anything anymore? Stupid commie euros.

Posted by P to the J | October 21, 2008 1:20 PM

She's so extremely unfunny. Doesn't that count for anything anymore? Stupid Americans for making her famous.

Posted by Roscoe | October 21, 2008 1:23 PM

Sadly, @2 wins in this case.

Posted by Mike in Renton | October 21, 2008 1:27 PM

Dare I ask...who cares?

Posted by trufe | October 21, 2008 1:30 PM

if it's Tuesday afternoon on Slog, it must be time to catch up on weekend news

Posted by um | October 21, 2008 1:32 PM

I'd pay sheckles to hear those heckles. Supremely overrated act.

Posted by jackie treehorn | October 21, 2008 1:33 PM

for the life of me i can't figure out why this is such a big story, but defamer has the youtube evidence you're looking for. i didn't watch it but the commentary suggests she didn't bomb nearly as bad as the bbc would like you to believe.

Posted by brandon | October 21, 2008 1:34 PM

Her new show is terrible. She's going for "edgy" and lowest-common-denominator at the same time.

Posted by Dougsf | October 21, 2008 1:36 PM

50 pounds is what? 75-80 bucks? You usually get an hour for that. Of course, it's always polite to tip as well.

Posted by inkweary | October 21, 2008 1:37 PM

I'm a huge SS fan, but her Showbox show here a year or so ago was a letdown. Mostly comprised of recycled material, short set, not too much acknowledgment of the people in front of her (although the audience still ate everything up). I came away a little disappointed, perhaps because janeane garofalo did a kick ass set on the same stage a few months earlier. JG is the real thing.

Posted by stinkbug | October 21, 2008 1:46 PM

I get a lot of UK telly sent to me (hi Schmader! It's me your Jon Stewart stalker) and SS was in the last Amnesty benefit the Brits did and bombed horrifically. I thought her set was so bad that I edited it out of the show before saving a copy on disc. So her reception there isn't without precedent.

Posted by Christine | October 21, 2008 1:53 PM

I love the Brits.

Posted by mint chocolate chip | October 21, 2008 2:02 PM

Her show, like her act, is funny.

Thread complete.

Posted by Jeff | October 21, 2008 2:10 PM

If she recycled material from Jesus is Magic, she deserves to be booed. I like Sarah Silverman but that dvd was AWFUL!

Also, have British people ever done anything funny? I'll give you Ricky Gervais I guess, but anything else? AbFab, Monty Python, and Red Dwarf definitely don't count.

Posted by jrrrl | October 21, 2008 2:22 PM

I have a friend who describes her as "the kind of girl who looks like she smells bad." Maybe it's all the fart jokes or something, but I think this accurately describes her.

Posted by ray | October 21, 2008 2:44 PM


How about AliG and Borat then?
Personally, I prefer Monty Python.

Posted by gavastik | October 21, 2008 3:11 PM

I enjoyed the Showbox show. And Jesus Is Magic! Whatever. She has the best job out of anyone reading this (Dan Savage possibly excepted).

Posted by Matthew | October 21, 2008 3:17 PM


Monty Python, Young Ones, Fry & Laurie, Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Black Adder, Rowan Atkinson (although I can't stand Mr. Bean), Stephen Fry, Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spaced...

Posted by Chris B | October 21, 2008 3:17 PM

@ jrrrl - Billy Connolly.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | October 21, 2008 3:18 PM

Oh jrrrl, there's a WEALTH of funny Brits (and Scots and Irish and Welsh) out just need to know where to look...

Spaced, Little Britain, The Office, The Day Today, Big Train, The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Have I Got News For You, Paul Merton, The IT Crowd, Benidorm, The League of Gentlemen, Hustle, Men Behaving Badly, The Fast Show, Stephen Fry, Peep Show, Mitchell & Webb, Adam & Joe, Victoria Wood, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Supersizers, Q.I., Absolute Power, Bremner Bird & Fortune, Simon Pegg, Green Wing, Black Books, Father Ted, Graham Norton, Jonathan Ross, Alan Davies, Frank Skinner, Eddie Izzard, Simon Amstell, The Mighty Boosh, Julia Davis, Jessica Hynes, Russell Brand, Alexei Sayle, Rhona Cameron, Milton Jones, Mark Heap, Peter Serafinowicz, Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller, Steve Coogan, Doon MacKichan, Sally Phillips, Sarah Alexander, Kathy Burke, Chris Evans, Rebecca Frost, Catherine Tate, Dawn French, Julie Walters, Jimmy Carr, Rob Brydon, James Corden, Ruth JonesÖ

Ö.just some of the fantastic, contemporary British comedy and comedians Iíve watched in the last YEAR via DVDs from Scarecrow or stuff Iíve downloaded or has been sent to my by friends in the UK. It's all out there for you!

Posted by Christine | October 21, 2008 3:18 PM

@17: she did two shows that evening. maybe the first one was better and she smoked up too much between shows? she just seemed bored.

Posted by stinkbug | October 21, 2008 3:21 PM

I was at that Showbox show, and she killed. did Brian Posehn. It's funny (as in ironic) that those who complain about her being unfunny often can't handle a comedian with a unusual style/timing. She's got both, and she's a hottie to boot.

oh, and her show is funny.


Wannabe Mr. Silverman

Posted by Someguy | October 21, 2008 4:05 PM

@22, no shit!

There are too many people (esp. Sloggers) with the attitude of "I don't understad it, therefore it must suck! BOO!"

Get over yourselves...

Posted by i have a medium penis | October 21, 2008 4:41 PM

@22: I can "handle" SS quite fine. I generally love her and her tv show and her humor, etc. I've defended her countless times to others. But she seemed bored and was recycling the same 'ol material at that second Showbox show. I guess I was just expecting more.

Posted by stinkbug | October 21, 2008 4:45 PM

I've said it elsewhere, but Rob Bryden is the funniest man who has ever lived on the planet. Funnier than Ricky Gervais, funnier even than Steve Coogan. "Human Remains" is an absolutely incredible series. Julia Davies is fantastic in it as well. His new one "Gavin & Stacy" is worth a look too. Brits (Bryden's a Welshman) have their faults, but they rule the universe of TV comedy.

Posted by Fnarf | October 21, 2008 5:14 PM

I've never found her amusing.
How did she get this far?
I did like her attempt at getting elderly Jewish voters to vote for Obama.

Posted by K X One | October 21, 2008 8:45 PM

She's so painfully UNfunny...

Posted by Amy | October 21, 2008 9:28 PM

I'm heading over there right away to comfort her. If I make her feel better, I should get at least a blowjob out of the deal.

Posted by Frank Sinclair | October 21, 2008 10:55 PM

I'm AMERICAN . I have ALWYS thought she sucked. She must know someone in Hollywood. they must push her breed or something...

Posted by jojojo | October 22, 2008 6:36 AM

Sarah Silverman must get some more material , i am a fan and watching her in London last week was painful as it was all old stuff and after doing stand-up for 20 years she should be able to fill for a 20 min encore! after a 40 min set.
Eddie Izzard is the king of Stand up and i have seen him several times after 40 mins Eddie is just warming up and he knows how to work an audience and think on his feet Sarah could do with watching him and learning how its done

Posted by david williamsd | October 23, 2008 5:19 AM

She just died... died at the Amnesty International gig last year.

It's a pity she doesn't seem to have learned from that errr 'performance.'

Posted by roGER | October 24, 2008 8:27 AM

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