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Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic 

Liam Lynch

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
Directed by: Liam Lynch
(IDP Films)
Warning: if you find jokes about rape, AIDS and the Holocaust offensive, you might want to pass on the lovely Sarah Silverman. With her disproportionately long limbs, twinkling eyes and shiny hair that you’re just dying to brush, Silverman looks like she should be slotted into Thursday night sitcom territory—until she calmly delivers a line like “When God gives you AIDS, and God does give you AIDS, by the way, make lemonAIDS,” with a slow, self-satisfied smile. Part live stand-up, part ’60s-style musical variety show, consider Jesus is Magic the Coles Notes for Silverman’s quietly demented mind. Undeterred by any societal taboo, Silverman—and her humour—belong to the internet-bred generation. Responding to accusations from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, Silverman acknowledges that her jokes require context, then zings back with “I don’t care if you think I’m racist. I only care if you think I’m thin.” Directed by Liam Lynch, who is currently working on Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’ with Jack Black (who seems incredibly tame next to Silverman’s potty mouth), Jesus is Magic proves Silverman is much more than just Jimmy Kimmel’s cute girlfriend or an incredibly filthy joke-teller in The Aristocrats. Psychotic or smart? That’s up to you to decide.
—Sue Carter Flinn

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