The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman – Book review

So, now knowing that Sarah Silverman frequently Googles herself, I feel compelled to write this book review as an open letter to her. You know, put it out there that I think she’s pretty hot and say lots of flattering things about her to stroke her ego.

But don’t we already know everything we need to know about Sarah from her comedy routines and her show? She’s Jewish (you might have guessed), is quite hirsute, and possibly the most hilariously inappropriate comedienne to hit the scene in years. And she does it all with a giddy innocence that’s incredibly sexy.

However, there’s a lot more to Miss Silverman than that. For years (and years), Sarah was *gasp* a bedwetter! She retells this affliction from her childhood in such light terms, yet you can tell her bedwetting had a profound effect on her.

Silverman’s also remarkably candid about struggling with depression as a child and likewise about the death of her older brother as an infant. She manages to deliver the tragic aspects of her childhood with the kind of borderline crassness that you might expect from her, but never to the point where you believe that she’s taking these things so lightly.

She talks liberally about her upbringing, about being in a rare Jewish family in a Protestant environment. You can see her affection for both her parents throughout the book, and she even reserves space for people who helped her with her depression – like the teacher who coaxed her back to school and her step-father for empathising with her depression.

Surprisingly, it’s less interesting to read about her trying to make a name for herself on the comedy circuit than about her formative years. That said, she captures the mood of the 80s and 90s circuit brilliantly, and the anecdotes about handing out flyers for comedy clubs in New York are priceless. I just think that’s all closer to the Sarah we already know – the stories from when she was younger have more value, I think.

Still, The Bedwetter manages to give a great background to one of TV’s funniest women. It’s lighthearted throughout and entertaining to read. It’s also interesting to get Sarah’s take on the public scandals she’s been involved in, especially when she takes Britney Spears’ people to task for spreading an untrue story about her introduction speech at an awards ceremony. Excellent biography, highly recommended.

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