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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

Written by Sarah Silverman

Narrated by Sarah Silverman


The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

Written by Sarah Silverman

Narrated by Sarah Silverman

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4/5 (181 ratings)
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5 hours
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Released:
Apr 20, 2010
ISBN:
9780061987137
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Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Artfully distasteful…

Tripping on acid with other famous comedians, suicidal therapists, and a lot of bedwetting: everything you would want from a book by acclaimed comedian Sarah Silverman.

Description

From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir-her first book-that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah's television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler's Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea and Artie Lange's Too Fat to Fish, you'll love The Bedwetter.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 20, 2010
ISBN:
9780061987137
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Sarah Silverman is the co-creator and star of The Sarah Silverman Program. She won an Emmy in 2009 for her video I'm F***ing Matt Damon, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role on The Sarah Silverman Program. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Duck, presuming he does not die prior to publication, which is moderately to extremely likely.


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  • (2/5)
    Apparently, I should have watched a little more of Sarah Silverman on TV before I undertook reading her memoir. I knew she could be very funny, but I didn't know a lot about her.And she is very funny – if you have the sense of humor more common in 12-year old boys. To me, she never outgrew that stage in babies where they become enamored with their own bodily functions and emissions. What do you expect of someone whose father taught her to swear, and quite graphically, at age 3. In the foreword (which she claims to be groundbreaking in itself), she states, “Tragically, my life has been only moderately [expletive, one of many] up. Actually, she did have some life-changing incidents, and adding being a habitual bedwetter only added to that. At a sleepover, “What kind of person reacts to a child's wet pajamas with rage and no compassion?” And when she wore a jean jacket to a upscale friend's house, the friend's mother made the friend repeat to Sarah the comment, “only scumbags wear jean jackets.” Or perhaps, only scumbags denigrate a child's clothing.So yes, people were mean. And yes, Sarah is funny. But I got really tired of the memoir when it became little other than tasteless jokes and pranks. And while I'm not easily offended at some bad language, this one was beyond the pale for me.I read this ebook through a Kindle Unlimited subscription.
  • (4/5)
    Sara tells of her life growing up and then getting into stand up and her own show. I found the largest part of the book fairly entertaining and sometimes was even laughing out loud. Near the end of the book it started to drag for me when she started talking about her show and politics etc. But all in all a fun easy read.
  • (4/5)
    I've been reading a lot of funny memoirs lately, but Silverman takes the cake. It seems wrong to describe her humor as "subtle" since she's so over the top, but that's exactly what I'd say about this book. Instead of showcasing the joke in each paragraph, Silverman tucks one into each sentence so you read over it and are laughing before you realize what the joke was. When you read over the sentence, you're cracking up for a good five minutes before you can continue on. It's a straight-forward memoir, starting, appropriately, with her childhood problem of wetting the bed and continuing on to her teenage problem of wetting the bed. We're right along with her as she breaks into comedy, still occasionally wetting the bed.
  • (4/5)
    Road trip! 2,500-mile round trip taking my daughter to college and driving back alone calls for a whole lot of audiobooks. (2 of 7)Hilarious! I loved watching The Sarah Silverman Program and her various stand-up specials, and this audiobook is just as great. Her chapter titles alone set off giant rolls of laughter.Silverman's style of humor is not for everyone as she pushes boundaries way past the realm of good taste. Her chapter on defense of a joke involving ethnic slurs was discomfiting even as it raised some legitimate if debatable points about humor and free speech.
  • (4/5)
    From my Cannonball Read 5 review ...

    This is the second audiobook I’ve ‘read’ for the Cannonball Read. Sticking with my idea of listening to female comic memoirs read by the authors, I picked The Bedwetter. I chose it with a bit of trepidation, as while I’ve found myself laughing at some of Sarah Silverman’s work, I recalled that she’s said some things that left a bad taste in my mouth. In general I think people are pretty torn on Sarah Silverman. They either find her funny or find her annoying / inappropriate. After listening to this memoir I’m definitely more of a fan of her work.

    The book has a very sincere tone to it without being annoying. She sounds like herself, but not like a character version of herself, if that makes sense. Whether it was an act or not, I imagined that this is what she’d sound like talking to her friends. She shares some stories that would clearly be mortifying for a child or teenager, making her quite relatable, and sheds some light onto both the world of making a sitcom-style show and working at Saturday Night Live as a writer.

    I think my favorite parts were where she discussed jokes she’s told that were not well received. Probably the best-known instance of this was when she was on Conan O’Brien and made a joke that used a racial slur for Asian people. Many people I know would probably stop listening there, but I was in the middle of a run and so didn’t really have a choice. And by that point I’d also felt like I’d invested enough in the book to want to hear her discussion of it. You know what? It was a very interesting, well-thought out discussion. Yes, she is a comic who make jokes about poo, but she’s also a thoughtful person interested in social commentary.

    The audio book is about six hours in length, so just long enough for me to listen to it over about a week’s worth of runs. I’m glad I purchased it instead of borrowing it from the library because it’s the kind of book I could see myself listening to again in the future.
  • (2/5)
    not very funny.
  • (3/5)
    Overall an enjoyable and compelling listen. Silverman's brand of comedy has never particularly appealed to me since I don't really find pedophilia or rape a hoot. That said I have always enjoyed interviews with her, and have found compelling the intellectual rigor she brings to a fart joke. I enjoyed her analysis of her craft, her document of her professional and personal journey and her solid defense of her subversive brand of racial and ethnic humor.
  • (3/5)
    Interesting to learn of her upbringing in New Hampshire as a Jew. She's got a real chip on her shoulder about that, and about being hairy.There's a picture of her wearing a pink dress that made me open my right eye real wide.
  • (5/5)
    I was going to say that this book almost made me pee, but a few drops did come out several times while reading this.
  • (4/5)
    Just what I was looking for! Very funny and entertaining!
  • (1/5)
    Did not finish.
  • (1/5)
    I was not familiar with Sarah Silverman's comedy before I read this book. I just recognized the name and I was looking for a book that would make me laugh. This book did not fit the bill. I thought it was self-indulgent and rambling. However, a fan of Sarah Silverman may enjoy this book.
  • (2/5)
    Started this out of curiosity as I had no idea what it was about or even who Sarah Silverman is. I kept on asking myself why I was bothering, but did persevere to the end. It is Sarah's autobiography telling the story of her childhood and then breaking into the comedy world. It is quite an amusing look at life in the US comedy world but as she herself says you don't know how much is exaggerated for effect.
    I think if you are a fan of hers, you would enjoy it otherwise don't bother.
  • (3/5)
    It was so-so. I liked the first part of the book when she talks of her childhood and family life, especially since she was originally from the area. As she gets to the part of her career picking up, i lost interest a bit. Mostly because I didnt know the people she was talking about.
  • (4/5)
    Sarah Silverman's book is as raunchy, crass, adorable, and hilarious as she is. From the very beginning, when she writes her own forward, you know this is not going to be your average memoir. As a comedian, Sarah has been known to push boundaries, sometimes offending people with her satire; this book gives her an opportunity to answer back and explain herself. She also reveals interesting tidbits about her childhood, giving the reader a more clear picture of how her sense of humor was formed and why she seems to have no fear. A bit of warning, though, this book is for fans. If you don't like Sarah and/or her humor, you will not have a more positive view of her after reading this book. I find it admirable when a writer is able to display herself as she is, instead of trying to present herself in a more favorable light, but she sometimes comes across as arrogant and bad-natured.Overall, very satisfying to those who appreciate and respect Ms Silverman's work.
  • (3/5)
    Witty and repulsive. Silverman's trademark humor colors the tales of her youth, failures, and success.
  • (3/5)
    Funny blurbs about her life that had laugh out loud moments. Nothing amazing but a few stories made the time worth it.
  • (3/5)
    Good Fun. Worth the read.
  • (5/5)
    very funny
  • (4/5)
    A pretty good book! Shows how comedians have a hard time accepting themselves just like us
  • (5/5)
    Mostly a hilarious book, but at times some serious topics that really makes you think
  • (4/5)
    A must for long drives. Funny, witty and sometimes dark. Lots of lows and highs. Personally I like her more than I did before, after hearing this.
  • (5/5)
    What raw amazing book it really tells a lot on the inside beyond someone who tells you a lot from the inside it is funny painful inspirational sarcastic sardonic harsh open and very real Sarah Silverman in my opinion is an extremely sexy odd cookie and that opinion has not changed in the slightest after this book although she has climbed a few rungs on my ladder
  • (4/5)
    You've got to be comfortable with the fact that Sarah Silverman's style of humour orbits closely around the twin suns of scatology and sexuality so the book contains a lot of crude words. But, if you're grown up enough (or maybe juvenile enough?) to be fine with that, she's very funny, and in places – shock! – insightful. You get the impression that she never sets out to cause offence, but rather she just finds funny a load of stuff that certain demographics are quick to take offence at.Frankly, the only bit that horrified me was the list of excerpts from items of hate-mail that she received after releasing her video 'Sell the Vatican, Feed the World' (in which she expressed the opinion that the Catholic church could do a lot of good by selling off all the extravagant opulence in the Vatican City to charities for the needy). Boy did people send her some vile abuse after that. Eesh.
  • (3/5)

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    Interesting, insightful, and very funny. Miss Silverman delivers a hilarious performance, serious when she needs to be without getting melodramatic. Perfect timing and tone set us up for a laugh at every turn. A delight to hear her tell her tale for three or so hours.

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  • (5/5)
    What's not to like here if you already love Sarah Silverman? On the other hand, I doubt that this will rock your world if you weren't already crushing on the Silverman brand of painful cringy humor. As an old fan I'd already heard her do lots of the material in this book via YouTube, but I still lost it completely while reading to my wife the story of her assault on Al Franken's head. Her father emerges as the source of her humor. Just by giving us a close-up of that relationship we learn something pretty interesting about what makes the modern comédienne tick. It isn't an easy thing to achieve this much weightlessness - you have to go deep. It's a pleasure to watch the artist at work.
  • (3/5)
    Dick jokes abound and anyone who knows me knows I love it. Really though, Silverman came off much more intelligent and sensitive and thoughtful than I ever would have guessed. Also she is hilarious when she's not making dick jokes.
  • (5/5)
    Candid, honest, sweet, hilarious, and real. This shows that Sarah Silverman is not just poop jokes (which if you watch her show, you already know that). She is an amazingly smart woman who is just laugh out loud funny. A great look behind the scenes of her career and inside her head. Don't read without a sense of humor or if you are easily offended.
  • (3/5)
    This started off great -- funny, well-written, touching... which lasted for about maybe a third of the book. Then it started jumping around in time and turned into an odd assortment of jarring anecdotes. As a former bedwetter and a fan of fart jokes, I can relate to Silverman on a lot of different levels, and I'd recommend this to any former bedwetter. Or current bedwetter: sometimes, it does get better.
  • (4/5)
    Sarah never takes anything seriously, including her own memoirs, and that is what made this book so enjoyable.