It’s been awhile since I picked up a book at the start of the evening and read it all the way through, but when I started Sarah Silverman’s biography, “The Bedwetter” last night, I laughed out loud so much that I didn’t want to put it down.
For those of you that don’t already know, Sarah Silverman is a comedian who likes to make jokes about race, sex and bodily functions. The subtitle of her novel is “Stories of courage, redemption and pee” and that sentence pretty much sums up the novel. Sarah discusses openly the fact that she was a bedwetter up until her teens. Her parents brought her to see doctors and psychologists, which then in turn, made her depressed. She wrote in her diary throughout her experience with the date and the status of her overnight actions, either wet or dry. She shares a couple of daunting and honest entries with us as readers.
She joined college but knew that her end goal was always to be a comedian, her father actually called her and said “I support you and if you feel that this is what you’re going to do with your life, you don’t need a degree to do it, so go out and pursue it”. A main thread throughout the novel is the love and appreciation she has for both of her parents who support her in all her decisions.
She also spends a lot of time defending her reasoning about why she has said the things she has said in the past <– does that make sense? Basically what I’m trying to say is that she explains why she insulted both Paris and Britney at awards shows, explaining that she was asked to address them both (Paris Hilton was going to jail and Britney had just performed her “comeback performance”). Feeling bad for going to far, she sent apology letters to each of them.
For the longest time, I was sure that her brother was Jonathan Silverman (“Weekend at Bernies”), but he’s not, she has 3 sisters, one of whom she works with on her show “The Sarah Silverman Program”. She hardly discusses her relationship with Jimmy Kimmel, but in the picture portion of the novel, there are numerous pictures of them together. She does note that she is single and that she is very thankful to the people that helped her produce “I’m f****** Matt Damon”.
It was a funny and enjoyable read, starting with Sarah herself doing the foreword (and the midword). She’s funny and as successful as she is for a reason, hard work and dedication, but also because she has very little filter and it’s one of the reasons people love her as much as they do. Go pick up her biography, because I’m sure you’ll spend the evening reading it all night and laughing out loud like I did!