In a time when most comedians are putting out DVDs and albums of their standup, Sarah Silverman can say she is doing it with her very own television show. To celebrate the premiere of “The Sarah Silverman Program’s” third season, Comedy Central has put out a 99-track compilation of songs and excerpts from the first two seasons of her show.
Silverman’s main dose of comedy comes from her complete disconnection from the world. Her happy-go-lucky attitude is a far step from the conflicts and troubles that surround her. In the show, she spends her days looking for adventures, making fun of her gay, science fiction loving neighbors and bugging her sister for money. At times, her humor can come across as offbeat, weird and even offensive.
Silverman does not hold back and gets right to business. On the first song of the album, titled “The Meaning Of Brunch,” we hear Silverman with her friends talking about the definition of their favorite meal. Her gay neighbors, Brian and Steve, define the meal with loud farts and giggles. Silverman, who refuses to be outdone, tries to add to the humor. As the next track begins, we realize the attempt did not go so well.
On her slow acoustic ballad “That’s What I Wish,” she starts by singing how she “tried to be like the others” and “tried to join in with my brother” while ending each line with “but I pooped instead.” Her offbeat humor kicks in and she describes other synonymous wishes she had like “I wish every child had a mother” and “I wish our religion was love.”
Silverman also makes an attempt at tackling some serious issues.
Her AIDS Public Service Announcement, an excerpt from the first season, adds to her lack of social sensitivity. “Over 50 billion people get HIV everyday — that’s one out of three people. So, look to your left and look to your right and if you don’t see someone with AIDS, you are probably the one,” Silverman says, who began the PSA as many serious ones do — following a game of tennis.
She adds to this on the excerpt called “Man On The Moon.” In this clip, she speaks of people with AIDS almost as if they are minorities — not as people who need a cure but rather people who are being oppressed. “If we can put a man on the moon, we can put a man with AIDS on the moon,” announces Silverman, almost giving a sense of seriousness to the album. Her final line is sure to kill this mood. “And then someday, we can put everyone with AIDS on the moon.”
Offended? No worries, the confusion from the next track is sure to help you forget the horrors of the speech.
In “Loch Ness Animation,” Silverman drinks a bottle of nighttime cold medicine in the middle of the afternoon and imagines she is hanging out with the Loch Ness Monster, who in turn tells her she is looking terrific and skinny.
In a way, making the album 99 tracks is a small attempt at adding more humor to her songs and sketches. Does she really expect everyone to listen to every track in one sitting? The joke may very well be on the listener rather than her friends in the show.
While the album may not be an appropriate introduction to the show, it is sure to lead to the same confused “did I just see/hear that” response. Silverman is uncompromising and has always taken her humor with a “take it or leave it” attitude. As with any comedy album, take this with a grain of salt and prepare for the fart and poop jokes.