Friday, November 2, 2007

The Sarah Silverman Program (Part 2)

This is the second installment I am writing on the Sarah Silverman Program which recently came out on DVD, and let me tell ya,...this show is not only brilliant because of Sarah, but the cast, and guest stars are also extremely talented actors and comedians. Sarah Silverman deserves a lot of credit for bringing these uniquely gifted people to our attention, and giving them an opportunity to shine. Ok, let's learn a little bit more...

Among this cast is Laura Silverman, Sarah's real life sister, who also plays her sister on the show. Check out the bonus materials for a song performed by Sarah and Laura, you will find that Laura is an outstanding singer, and she plays her character on the show very adorably, which is why the show is so watchable; you sense that these are people you would like to hang out with in real life (with the possible exception of Sarah's character).

Brian Posehn and Steve Agee play Sarah's next door neighbors and, well they're difficult to describe...imagine if you took Burt and Ernie from Sesame Street, and Lenny and Squiggy from "Laverne and Shirley", threw them in a blender, and then you took Kramer from "Seinfeld" and Jammed them in the blender with the Jeffersons, I mean George and Weezy...and then imagine you switched on the blender... Well, what I am trying to say is they are among the funniest next door neighbors in TV history.

Laura Marano, who has appeared on "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?", and in the movie "The Jacket", has played Sarah's long lost daughter in the episode "Not Without My Daughter", as well as having a recurring role as the child version of Sarah Silverman in flashbacks of Sarah's childhood. Marano is another amazingly multi-talented member of the cast as she proves in the "Not Without My Daughter" episode which is reminicent of "Little Miss Sunshine." Sarah coaches the little version of Sarah, and in one scene teaches her to sing the "Poop Song." "It was brown and filled with raisins and we flushed it for these reasons...this is a Poop Song...this a Poop Song"

Other noteworthy performances have come from the zany and whimsical comedian Zach Galifianakis who played a homeless person Sarah temporarily rescued from the streets in the episode "Humanitarian of the Year", and Jay Johnston, who provides some occasional laughs as Officer Jay, Laura's boyfriend and a frequent target of Sarah's sadistic wit.

This is one of the best shows on television and is bursting with the kind of originality and creativity you don't see very often, so either watch it on Comedy Central, or RUN, don't walk to your local video store and rent it...


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