7 reasons to love Sarah Silverman

We here at b appreciate Sarah Silverman. The comedian and star of Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program" is hot, funny, irreverent, sweet — a pale imitation of us, really.

So it is with enthusiasm and envy that we welcomed the release of her first book, "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee."


Silverman can be a lot to take. She's high-maintenance. We know because The Washington Post told us about her book-signing last month at a D.C. Borders. An orange flier posted rules: "Don't: Even think about asking her to personalize the signing. Or sign anything else. Or take a picture with her."

Yet, she was so friendly, "perfectly content to chat about everything from the T-shirts people were wearing to theories on 'Lost,'" the Post reported.

See, she's all about duality. Strict and sweet there. Or, in her act, beautiful yet full of "meta-bigot" material (as Slate puts it) in an ironic "South Park" way. Or baby-koala cute but happy to talk about pooh.

And now: seven reasons to love Silverman. And maybe buy the book:

•••• You never have to feel alone in life, because she has a Twitter feed. Recent highlights: "I would love to hear about your [Pyramid] and Ponzi opportunities! I've heard only good things!" "My Sundays will always belong to Prairie Home Companion. Too-cool-4-schoolers can suck it." "I'm about to go on @Regis_and_Kelly. Pray for me! (PS- there's most likely no god.)"

•••• Your pain is her pain. Bedwetting? Bullies? Depression? Profusion of coarse, dark facial hair? She feels you.

•••• You never expected that people would laugh at a joke that references the Holocaust. Or 9/11. And maybe you won't. When the Boston Globe asked about a favorite book growing up, she said, "It's a toss-up between 'How To Eat Fried Worms,' 'The Giving Tree' and 'Mein Kampf.'" In an incendiary line from her movie "Jesus Is Magic," the comedian discusses why 9/11 was so tragic for her: "Because it happened to be the exact same day I found out that a soy chai latte was, like, 900 calories."

•••• "I'm F---ing Matt Damon."

•••• She's empowered. On "The Sarah Silverman Program," she even has a thing with God (he's African-American, so of course she refers to him as "Black God"). (But she tosses him out after a one-night stand, which we must admit is caddish).

•••• She reminds us of our societal woes and the fact that we struggle talking about them. Yay! Or, as Slate describes it: "The meta-bigots work at social problems indirectly; instead of discussing race, rape, abortion, incest, or mass starvation, they parody our discussions of them. ... [Her] controversies are essentially large-scale pieces of PC performance art — but instead of settling anything about race and humor in America, they just expose the incoherence of the debate." (Yeah. They also expose a delicious desire to shock.)

•••• She's not a mean girl. At the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, she joked about Paris Hilton, who was in the audience. "I heard that to make her feel more comfortable in prison, the guards are going to paint the bars to look like penises," she said. "I just worry she is going to break her teeth on those things." Hilton was so upset, Silverman wrote an apology. As she told New York magazine this year, "She was out there, probably terrified about going to jail, and everyone is laughing. ... I never want to make a girl feel bad."