Friday, 29 October 2010

Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter

If you are a girl in your late teens who occasionally wakes up immersed in a warm puddle of piss, then this is the book for you. If you are a fan of Sarah Silverman and her scatological wit then this is also the book for you. If you are not a fan of Sarah Silverman, don’t enjoy laughing and wear shitloads of make-up then I suggest you read Pauline Prescott’s book instead.

Written so vividly in her voice, you almost frown at one side of the mouth and shrug Silverman-stylee whilst reading it. Personally I liked to imagine she was sat /laid next to me narrating her tales of wet bed-sheets and excessive body hair with her (head) hair in pig-tails and her Cookie Party t-shirt on.

The Bedwetter is a simple rise to fame story with bed-wetting and being Jewish thrown in. Apart from the leaking water, it's all plain sailing. Sarah always knew she wanted to be a comedian and happened to be in the right place at the right time. Working at comedy clubs with rising stars and winding up with a job on Saturday Night Live. She is incredibly lucky yet she is also widely misunderstood.

There is a great moment in The Bedwetter where Sarah gets the chance to meet one of her 80’s rock hero’s and he then goes on to introduce her to his friends as the girl that tells ‘great nigger jokes’. She is horrified in being perceived in this way and then explains that she won’t reveal the rock star’s identity but from that moment on she stopped believin’. There is an irony in Silverman’s comedy and she always acts the ignorant figure at the centre of it to great effect. The Bedwetter’s duel purpose is to put right the misconceptions for the bigots who don’t ‘get’ her.

If you love Sarah Silverman, you will love her more after reading this. If you don’t love her already start with Jesus is Magic (2005) or the I'm Fucking Matt Damon video if you don’t like that then read The Bell Jar and stick your head in the oven on gas mark 6 for 90 minutes that should do the trick.

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