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Old 22nd Oct 2008, 22:32   #1
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Default Sarah Silverman at the Hammersmith Apollo

So, did any of you go to this, or know anyone who did? I find the whole thing kind of hilarious, because I'm beginning to suspect that I dislike her.
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Old 23rd Oct 2008, 9:43   #2
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ooooh, that does indeed sound pretty unforgiveable. I actually quite like some of what I've seen of her before (The Great Schlep is certainly fun) but this definitely counts against her in a big way.
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Never heard of her, but if people are paying £50 to see her they need their heads read. Still, to do forty minutes, especially for that price, is a joke.
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Default Re: Sarah Silverman at the Hammersmith Apollo

Another less than complimentary review here.
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Default Re: Sarah Silverman at the Hammersmith Apollo

She's been prominent in certain UK media recently: I read an interview with her in the Guardian the other weekend, and she was interviewed on Jonathan Ross last Friday. I think she can be pretty funny, but there's something slightly unappealing about her which I think comes down to a quality of trying too hard, or never dropping her more-ironic-than-thou persona.

(EDIT: I think this comment in the Times review sums it up: "Silverman is sort of herself, sort of a character. And after a while you want something genuine. You want to know what she really thinks, not what she thinks she can get away with. Without more of a moral backdrop, all this saying the unsayable can play as facetiousness sent to college.")

Reading the reviews, which seem to centre on the shortness of her set, was interesting as I'm currently reading Frank Skinner's (well-known British stand-up comedian turned TV presenter) memoir of his first comedy tour in ten years. He is absolutely obsessed with having enough material to do a high quality 90 minute set, constantly revising which jokes go in and out. It sounds as though Silverman just didn't have enough material - in a way, she can be praised for not diluting the routines she thinks are worth doing with weaker stuff. On the other hand, shows of less than 45 minutes would not usually cost up to £50, and the audience had a right to expect more than that.

I think she's pretty too.
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...I'm currently reading Frank Skinner's (well-known British stand-up comedian turned TV presenter) memoir of his first comedy tour in ten years. ...
Haven't read the book but he was featured in the Daily Mayo podcast - which I'm increasingly enjoying - a week or so ago, and he talked at length about just that: the eternal quest and stress over having enough material. I watched him at the Secret Policeman's Ball and was less interested, and if I'm honest have never really more than cracked the tiniest of smiles at most of his stuff.

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I think she's attractive, too, but the voice is pretty whiny.

The Matt Damon clip is genuinely funny (though more for him, if I'm honest; his expression when he first says, "she's fucking Matt Damon," is a cracker).

But having no material? Shocking. She also said that on Rossy the other night ("I have nothing prepared here") and it was a smiley moment, but then she said it again, and I thought...oh? Really? What, really? Perhaps while she's over here she should pop along and see Frankie Boyle.

Love that song, though (not viewable for work, probably).
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She is pretty. But those who went to the concert should know that, from what I can tell having watched her for a while now, 40 minutes is about all you'll want of her act.

Her TV show is good, although this season is off to a shaky start, and she is now the least funny person on it.
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Just read this in Frank Skinner on the Road. He's preparing for a tour, and is going to do two nights in Birmingham, one hour each of different material, and trim the weakest 30 minutes to make one strong 90 minute show to take on tour.

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At this point I feel I should make a confession. I don't know if it's the illness [he has a cold] but I've actually been thinking of incorporating a question-and-answer session into my tour show. It's what comics do when they don't have enough material.
I guess Sarah Silverman must have been reading his book on the plane over.
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There are a handful of comments on the Time Out website about it. I like the idea that people were shouting out her material at her when she forgot the lines.

Incidentally, the interview here ties in with JS's more-ironic-than-thou comment, where she immediately gets the arse because the interviewer has a go. Like the chips I bought late last night, I'm beginning to cool rapidly.
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