Comic-Con: The Sarah Silverman Program panel report
After sitting through hours of spoilerific, carefully-calibrated marketing presentations, there's nothing quite as bracing as the inspired lunancy of Sarah Silverman and friends. The entire cast of The Sarah Silverman Program gathered at this year's Comic-Con to share clips from their second sesaon and a tape of Steve Agee masturbating, or as the moderator, comedian Zach Galifianakis, put it "alphabetizing his testicles." (He was alphabetizing for comedic purposes, of course.) Needless to say, it was an R-rated evening all around.
You can imagine what happens when you get people like Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn, Laura Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Agee, Jay Johnston and Rob Schrab together on a stage. Nothing happens. Absolutely nothing. It is impossible for that many comedians to answer a question straight.
The most inspired moment of the evening came with Galifianakis decided to start wielding his moderator power and judge the questions with scorecards. Given the kinds of questions that get asked at Comic-Con, this is an idea that should really be considered for all panels. People could be shamed out of asking whether or not the panelists would date them although Silverman did promise to f@ck an audience member if she ever broke up with Jimmy Kimmel.
In terms of the show's second season, you can expect Sarah to keep offending in that brash, but oh-so-adorable way of her's. There will be episodes featuring a little D&D, abortion and the "always goes over really well just ask Ted Danson" blackface routine. Oh boy. I hope Comedy Central's already prepared their public statement about that one.