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Sarah Silverman Biography

Birth Name:
Sarah Bennett Silverman
Birth Place:
Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
Comedian, actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • Performed first stand-up routine at a club in Boston at the age of 17
  • Dropped out of NYU and tried her luck with a series of open-mic appearances in Manhattan that eventually led to gigs around the country, and a stint, at age 22, as writer and performer for Saturday Night Live
  • Appeared on Seinfeld as one of Kramer's girlfriends during the 1996-97 season; and landed a small role as one of Cameron Diaz's pals in 1998's There's Something About Mary
  • Prepared for her 2005 movie Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic by revisiting some of her favorite concert films, including Eddie Murphy: Delirious and Bill Cosby---'Himself'
  • Real-life sister Laura Silverman played her sister on The Sarah Silverman Program
  • Has written for several magazines, including Playboy and Esquire


  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2015Writers Guild Awards-Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: winner
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: winner
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: nominated