Sarah Kate Silverman, the youngest of four daughters, was born in Bedford, New Hampshire. Her mother, Beth Ann Halpin founded the theater company "New Thalian Players."
Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics such as racism, sexism, and religion.
Silverman first gained notice as a writer and occasional performer on Saturday Night Live. Her stint there lasted one year and her suggested sketches were rejected more often than not.
She starred in and produced The Sarah Silverman Program, which ran from 2007 to 2010, on Comedy Central. Her roles were usually caricatures of a Jewish-American princess, mocking bigotry and stereotypes of ethnic groups and religious denominations by having her character amplify them in an ironic fashion.
The show was a ratings success, scoring the highest premiere ratings of any Comedy Central show in three years, with 1.81 million viewers and the highest 18–49 rating of the night on cable. Silverman was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her acting on the show. At the awards ceremony, she wore a fake mustache.
Comedy Central canceled the Sarah Silverman Program after three seasons.
In January 2008 she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to show Jimmy Kimmel, her boyfriend at the time, a special video. The video turned out to be a song called "I'm Fucking Matt Damon," in which she and Matt Damon sang a duet about having an affair behind Kimmel's back.
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Kimmel responded with his own video a month later with Damon's friend Ben Affleck, which enlisted a panoply of stars, to record Kimmel's song "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck." On September 13, 2008, Silverman won a Creative Arts Emmy for writing the song "I'm Fucking Matt Damon."
In 2006, Silverman placed #50 on Maxim Hot 100 List. In 2007, she placed #29 and appeared on the cover.