Sarah Silverman and Meta-Bigotry

The hive is buzzing today with the performance comedian Sarah Silverman gave last night on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and so I thought it might be a good time to confess:

I find Silverman’s comedy act to be hysterical!

If anyone asks how Archie Bunker‘s comedy from the 1970’s would look in our time, you only need to point them to Silverman’s Jesus is Magic act or to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat.
While this sort of comedy is often confused with actual bigotry by people who are probably just not smart enough to get it, comedians who venture upon it get both my laughs and my respect.

Here is a little taste from Silverman’s Jesus is Magic DVD – lyrics follow:


Sarah Silverman – German Cars (I Love You More) – Lyrics

I love you more than bears love honey
I love you more than Jews love money
I love you more than Asians are good at math

I love you even if it’s not hip
I love you more than black people don’t tip
I love you more than Puerto Ricans need baths

I love you more than girls love dolls
I love you more than dogs love balls
I love you more than the white stuff in a zit

I love you like Gary Busey
I love you more than dikes love pussy
I love you more than my after-show monster-bong hit

Jewish people driving German cars
Jewish people driving German cars
Jewie people buying German cars, what the cock is that shit?

But maybe it’s like “take back the night”
Maybe it’s like how bleeding hearts grow old and swing to the right
Maybe it’s like when a faggot calls himself a faggot

Jewish people driving German cars
It’s the opposite of FUBU

But maybe it’s Patty Hearst siding with her kidnappers
Maybe it’s South African miner killing diamond-wearing gangsta rappers
Maybe it’s like when black guys call each other niggers

I Wanted To Make Sure I Was Not The Only One Having Fun

I recently watched Jeff Dunham’s ventriloquism act in a Comedy Central special titled ‘Spark of Insanity’ and have to say it is funny as hell. Dunham is not just very talented and very professional in creating the illusion that his puppets actually do talk, but he also makes them ‘smart-enough’ to figure out their shortcomings and make fun of themselves:
Peanut, for instance, a dummy ‘born in Micronesia’ knows he and Dunham ‘cannot talk at the same time’, and makes an amazingly funny impersonation of an English-dubbed version of Godzilla, talking out of synch. This level of comedic consciousness reminded me Buster Keaton’s 1920 film ‘One Week’, in which a hand covers the camera lens when Sybil Seely stands up naked in the bathtub to pick up a bar of soap off the floor.

Here is a little taste:


Continues here, then here.

I am currently on vacation at the Dead Sea, so I prepared this post in advance and defined a delayed publishing, just to make sure my readers would enjoy themselves while I do the same.