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Editor’s Note

“Artfully Distasteful... ”

Tripping on acid with Louis C.K., suicidal therapists, & a lot of bedwetting. Everything you would want from a book by the acclaimed Jewess of comedy, Sarah Silverman.
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1. Which of the following do you appreciate?

(a) Women with somewhat horse-ish facial features.
(b) Women who, while not super Jew-y, are more identifiably Jewish than, say, Natalie Portman.
(c) Frequent discussion of unwanted body hair.

2. Are you offended by the following behavior?

(a) Instructing one's grandmother to place baked goods in her rectal cavity.
(b) Stripping naked in public—eleven times in a row.
(c) Stabbing one's boss in the head with a writing implement.

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(a) Murder the main course of her Thanksgiving dinner before her very eyes.
(b) Tell her that her older sister is prettier than she, and then immediately die.
(c) Prevent her suicide by recommending she stay away from open windows.

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Topics: Celebrities, New York City, New Hampshire, Essays, Funny, Poignant, Judaism, Television, Family, Depression, and Bawdy

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061987076
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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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
Sarah never takes anything seriously, including her own memoirs, and that is what made this book so enjoyable.more
Surprisingly decent autobiography with minimal doses of typical Sarah gross-out humor. Best line: "Summer camp - a Jew's second least favorite kind of camp..."more
This book is kind of like Sarah's standup. Not for the easily offended, it is often gross and offensive with a lot of penis and fart references. But, occasionally she comes out with a gem that is freakin' hilarious. My favorite quote from the book: "What the hell do I need a man for anyway? Everything that I enjoy, I seem to be able to do with two hands, a fork, and an iPhone."more
Although this isn't the profound work of depth that the excerpt about Sarah Silverman's childhood bedwetting problem that I previously read in The Guardian led me to believe it could be, this was still a fairly enjoyable summary of her life so far and some of the author's beliefs and ideals.This book jumps around from different points in Silverman's life, which can be a little confusing and annoying and there were many times when it felt like it was written by two different people; 1) an author who did want to give an insightful account of significant moments in her life and 2) a comedian who wanted to prove just how wacky and wild she and her peers are and have been in their endeavours to be funny and clever and famous. I preferred the more insightful author, though I accept that Sarah's often crude sense of humour was obviously going to affect the style of this book.That said, I do feel that I got to know the person behind the jokes a bit more and what I found, I actually did like. When she's not telling fart jokes, Sarah Silverman does come across as someone who does care about other people's feelings, of all races and genders and sexual persuasions, and is trying to use her humour in an ironic way to open up the minds of others. For that I do give her credit and after reading this book I am a bit more willing to try watching some of her material that I previously dismissed.more
The first half of the book tells a great story, a surprising story with great humor. In that respect the book was much better than expected. She includes a "midword" where she discusses how much time she wasted writing the book then proves it with random pieces, that are at time lousy. After the sixth reference to the, "funniest guy ever!" that she works with it gets boring.She does talk about her insecurities in the well written bio portion of the book and that trait shines through. Some of her explanations for controversial jokes ring hollow and unbelievable. It is very hard to believe she didn't know Paris Hilton was going to be in the audience when one of the jokes was made. But it impossible to believe she was having goodhearted fun with Britney Spears only a few months later. The jokes were mean, brutal, and hilarious. But, Sarah Silverman wants to be the mean C-word on stage and avoid the fallout. Grow a pair Sarah.more
some parts really good, some silly like sarah's comedymore
Not sure how she gets away with everything she writes about, but Sarah is hilarious. Possibly the funniest female comic working todaymore
I always enjoy Sarah Silverman's work and this book is no exception. Lots of laughs but beware, her humor tends to be a little on the raw side.more
I finished reading this autobiography - true story! - while waiting my turn at the urologist's office. I always bring reading material. You never know how much time it will take for the doctor to put his finger on exactly what is wrong with the prostate of the fellow in front of you. Anyhow, I thought it was a witty choice for the waiting room. But many of my fellow patients - elderly East Ohioans with walkers - likely had never heard of Sarah Silverman. No doubt I was telling them more than they wanted to know...deeply engrossed, as I was, in The Bedwetter. I was pretty much in love with Ms. Silverman before reading her bio. Now? I plan to stalker her! (just kidding) She's a physical doppelganger for a Jewish girlfriend I loved madly back in the 1970's. Uncannily, their names are similar, alliterative and share the same root.. Even their humor... for example, I cite the time my friend's dog, Rufus, mistook her used tampon for a milkbone - a fact we discovered only days later when Ruuufus appeared to be turning into a white furry firecracker with a string fuse just below his tail.If you're a fan of Sarah Silverman, may God help you and have mercy on your soul...no seriously, I'm joking...you will enjoy this book. She's precious. She's cute. She's absolutely disgusting. And it's not her fault, she was molested by Andrew Dice Clay...no seriously, I'm joking..SHE molested him. No really...you will enjoy her humiliating tale upon tale of bedwetting. The time she almost killed a future US Senator with a pencil. Her epic Struggles with Editors, Censors, Publishers, and legions of decencies. The Eternal Question of poetic judgement "To Pee or To Pee-pee which sounds better?". The Diary that talks back. And, last but not least, a long loving glimpse of her Dad's many messages on her answering machine. Those messages- they're not Steven Baldwin...but they're not fuckin' boring either, bubby.Run out. Buy this book. Program your soul. Eternity is all about choices and will come down to picking one of two long bunny hop lines. One behind Sarah Palin and one behind Sarah Silverman. Don't get it wrong.more
I found Silverman's tone to be cloying and forced. I can't see why people find her funny.more
The Bedwetter begs comparison with Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook. Both are outrageous semi-mock memoirs, a bit like the literary equivalents of It’s Spinal Tap. My Booky Wook is the more satisfying because Brand has suffered more and learned more in a hard-won victory over drug and alcohol abuse and sexual addiction. Silverman’s greatest obstacle growing up was the bedwetting that stayed with her long into adolescence. There was clearly a link between that condition and the anxiety that had Silverman on huge amounts of Xanax as a teenager. I would have liked more self analysis of the ferocious intelligence that is her gift and curse. On the other hand, we are able to see much of this in Silverman’s TV show and movies of her stand-up routines. Brand, on the contrary, remains hidden on celluloid behind his Aldous Snow persona. I look forward to future Seekul Wequels.more
I could personally identify with the Jewess parts. I loved the pictures, and enjoyed her usual "off the wall" humor. There were a couple of meaningfull "lessons" in the book, like makings special, rather than just over indulging. I was a little disappointed to find that she had different views of "sex" than I have. I usually don't like autobiographies because they tend to dispel my fabricated image of the subject.more
funny and interesting.more
I'm not the Sarah Silverman fan in the family, my son is. My thought process in buying the book was that although I'm not a fan of her television show I do appreciate a humorous memoir, so I hoped that as a comedian she would write a funny book. My thoughts were incorrect. I don't find her funny, even on paper. My son might appreciate the book but I just don't get her and nothing in this book even made me crack a smile.more
While "The Bedwetter" has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, it didn't give me what I expect from a memoir, which is to get to know the author on a more personal level. Aside from the bits about her childhood and how carefree 1980s psychiatrists were with antidepressants, Silverman doesn't share much of anything beyond what she might share on a late-night talk show. more
Starts with an interesting story... but turns out to be a huge fail for the next half...more
A simple book with no real ending, it did make me lol, literally hope she was able to cure her problem, ?
more
One of my all time favorites :) more
In my opinion, Sarah Silverman is a funny comedian. By her own admission, she is not a writer and though her sentence structure is often a nightmare, (I found myself mentally restructuring her prose as I read,) this book is clearly written in her own voice and full of funny stories. Whether reminiscing about her life growing up in New Hampshire, her early days as a stand up in New York or about the evolution of her career, including some interesting background on the creative process of her surreal sitcom, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Bedwetter shows Silverman for whom I always imagined her to be, a smart, sensitive and sensual woman with heart and an endearing penchant for the word 'penis'. That said, if the discussion of private parts, racial politics or bodily functions make you cringe, you're probably too uptight to read this book. more
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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.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
Sarah never takes anything seriously, including her own memoirs, and that is what made this book so enjoyable.more
Surprisingly decent autobiography with minimal doses of typical Sarah gross-out humor. Best line: "Summer camp - a Jew's second least favorite kind of camp..."more
This book is kind of like Sarah's standup. Not for the easily offended, it is often gross and offensive with a lot of penis and fart references. But, occasionally she comes out with a gem that is freakin' hilarious. My favorite quote from the book: "What the hell do I need a man for anyway? Everything that I enjoy, I seem to be able to do with two hands, a fork, and an iPhone."more
Although this isn't the profound work of depth that the excerpt about Sarah Silverman's childhood bedwetting problem that I previously read in The Guardian led me to believe it could be, this was still a fairly enjoyable summary of her life so far and some of the author's beliefs and ideals.This book jumps around from different points in Silverman's life, which can be a little confusing and annoying and there were many times when it felt like it was written by two different people; 1) an author who did want to give an insightful account of significant moments in her life and 2) a comedian who wanted to prove just how wacky and wild she and her peers are and have been in their endeavours to be funny and clever and famous. I preferred the more insightful author, though I accept that Sarah's often crude sense of humour was obviously going to affect the style of this book.That said, I do feel that I got to know the person behind the jokes a bit more and what I found, I actually did like. When she's not telling fart jokes, Sarah Silverman does come across as someone who does care about other people's feelings, of all races and genders and sexual persuasions, and is trying to use her humour in an ironic way to open up the minds of others. For that I do give her credit and after reading this book I am a bit more willing to try watching some of her material that I previously dismissed.more
The first half of the book tells a great story, a surprising story with great humor. In that respect the book was much better than expected. She includes a "midword" where she discusses how much time she wasted writing the book then proves it with random pieces, that are at time lousy. After the sixth reference to the, "funniest guy ever!" that she works with it gets boring.She does talk about her insecurities in the well written bio portion of the book and that trait shines through. Some of her explanations for controversial jokes ring hollow and unbelievable. It is very hard to believe she didn't know Paris Hilton was going to be in the audience when one of the jokes was made. But it impossible to believe she was having goodhearted fun with Britney Spears only a few months later. The jokes were mean, brutal, and hilarious. But, Sarah Silverman wants to be the mean C-word on stage and avoid the fallout. Grow a pair Sarah.more
some parts really good, some silly like sarah's comedymore
Not sure how she gets away with everything she writes about, but Sarah is hilarious. Possibly the funniest female comic working todaymore
I always enjoy Sarah Silverman's work and this book is no exception. Lots of laughs but beware, her humor tends to be a little on the raw side.more
I finished reading this autobiography - true story! - while waiting my turn at the urologist's office. I always bring reading material. You never know how much time it will take for the doctor to put his finger on exactly what is wrong with the prostate of the fellow in front of you. Anyhow, I thought it was a witty choice for the waiting room. But many of my fellow patients - elderly East Ohioans with walkers - likely had never heard of Sarah Silverman. No doubt I was telling them more than they wanted to know...deeply engrossed, as I was, in The Bedwetter. I was pretty much in love with Ms. Silverman before reading her bio. Now? I plan to stalker her! (just kidding) She's a physical doppelganger for a Jewish girlfriend I loved madly back in the 1970's. Uncannily, their names are similar, alliterative and share the same root.. Even their humor... for example, I cite the time my friend's dog, Rufus, mistook her used tampon for a milkbone - a fact we discovered only days later when Ruuufus appeared to be turning into a white furry firecracker with a string fuse just below his tail.If you're a fan of Sarah Silverman, may God help you and have mercy on your soul...no seriously, I'm joking...you will enjoy this book. She's precious. She's cute. She's absolutely disgusting. And it's not her fault, she was molested by Andrew Dice Clay...no seriously, I'm joking..SHE molested him. No really...you will enjoy her humiliating tale upon tale of bedwetting. The time she almost killed a future US Senator with a pencil. Her epic Struggles with Editors, Censors, Publishers, and legions of decencies. The Eternal Question of poetic judgement "To Pee or To Pee-pee which sounds better?". The Diary that talks back. And, last but not least, a long loving glimpse of her Dad's many messages on her answering machine. Those messages- they're not Steven Baldwin...but they're not fuckin' boring either, bubby.Run out. Buy this book. Program your soul. Eternity is all about choices and will come down to picking one of two long bunny hop lines. One behind Sarah Palin and one behind Sarah Silverman. Don't get it wrong.more
I found Silverman's tone to be cloying and forced. I can't see why people find her funny.more
The Bedwetter begs comparison with Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook. Both are outrageous semi-mock memoirs, a bit like the literary equivalents of It’s Spinal Tap. My Booky Wook is the more satisfying because Brand has suffered more and learned more in a hard-won victory over drug and alcohol abuse and sexual addiction. Silverman’s greatest obstacle growing up was the bedwetting that stayed with her long into adolescence. There was clearly a link between that condition and the anxiety that had Silverman on huge amounts of Xanax as a teenager. I would have liked more self analysis of the ferocious intelligence that is her gift and curse. On the other hand, we are able to see much of this in Silverman’s TV show and movies of her stand-up routines. Brand, on the contrary, remains hidden on celluloid behind his Aldous Snow persona. I look forward to future Seekul Wequels.more
I could personally identify with the Jewess parts. I loved the pictures, and enjoyed her usual "off the wall" humor. There were a couple of meaningfull "lessons" in the book, like makings special, rather than just over indulging. I was a little disappointed to find that she had different views of "sex" than I have. I usually don't like autobiographies because they tend to dispel my fabricated image of the subject.more
funny and interesting.more
I'm not the Sarah Silverman fan in the family, my son is. My thought process in buying the book was that although I'm not a fan of her television show I do appreciate a humorous memoir, so I hoped that as a comedian she would write a funny book. My thoughts were incorrect. I don't find her funny, even on paper. My son might appreciate the book but I just don't get her and nothing in this book even made me crack a smile.more
While "The Bedwetter" has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, it didn't give me what I expect from a memoir, which is to get to know the author on a more personal level. Aside from the bits about her childhood and how carefree 1980s psychiatrists were with antidepressants, Silverman doesn't share much of anything beyond what she might share on a late-night talk show. more
Starts with an interesting story... but turns out to be a huge fail for the next half...more
A simple book with no real ending, it did make me lol, literally hope she was able to cure her problem, ?
more
One of my all time favorites :) more
In my opinion, Sarah Silverman is a funny comedian. By her own admission, she is not a writer and though her sentence structure is often a nightmare, (I found myself mentally restructuring her prose as I read,) this book is clearly written in her own voice and full of funny stories. Whether reminiscing about her life growing up in New Hampshire, her early days as a stand up in New York or about the evolution of her career, including some interesting background on the creative process of her surreal sitcom, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Bedwetter shows Silverman for whom I always imagined her to be, a smart, sensitive and sensual woman with heart and an endearing penchant for the word 'penis'. That said, if the discussion of private parts, racial politics or bodily functions make you cringe, you're probably too uptight to read this book. more
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