Sarah Silverman - Jesus Is Magic

Release Date: 20 October 2008 | Certificate: To Be Announced
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Sarah Silverman is a comedienne who doesn't just court controversy, she positively wallows in it. Memorably putting in a brief yet discomforting and highly memorable appearance in THE ARISTOCRATS, Silverman offers viewers the chance to witness her stand-up act with JESUS IS MAGIC. The show itself was taped in 2004, and is interjected with off-set skits, songs, and general goofing around from Silverman and her friends in the comedy world. As soon as Silverman takes to the stage, sacred cows come tumbling down, and continue to do so throughout the set. Race, sex, class, 9/11, rape, the Holocaust--no topic is considered untouchable for the seemingly fearless Silverman. Amazingly, she also manages to come across as likeable and even prone to bouts of insecurity ('I just want you to think I'm thin', she pleads at one point), which undoubtedly makes some of the stronger material much easier to swallow.

Director Liam Lynch, who has worked with Tenacious D, and made a memorable foray into the music industry with his song 'United States Of Whatever', keeps the visual trickery to a minimum, simply shooting Silverman with a basic crew and including a few swooping shots over the heads of the audience. The skits peppered throughout bring cult TV shows such as KIDS IN THE HALL and MR SHOW to mind (Bob Odenkirk from the latter makes a brief appearance), and nicely break up the stand-up routine. Silverman never explains her humour or feels the need to put in a disclaimer to make everything seem okay, which is a device that not only makes some of the laughter a guilt-edged pleasure, it also forces the audience to think about many of the issues she is tackling, making Silverman's act enjoyable, unique, and deliciously funny.
Release Date: 20 October 2008
Certificate: tba - To Be Announced
Directed by: Liam Lynch

Region 2
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 69 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English

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