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Songs of The Sarah Silverman Program

With a career spanning two decades, Sarah Silverman has managed to distinguish herself as a cutting edge comedian that's carved out a niche in popular culture for her own brand of ironic deadpan humor. Having spent time in the trenches during the 1990s as a writer and performer on both NBC's Saturday Night Live and HBO's Mr. Show, she would later go on to release her first concert film in 2005 entitled, Jesus Is Magic. After the film's release and subsequent commercial success, Silverman was rewarded with her own half hour show on Comedy Central.

The Sarah Silverman Program began airing in 2007 and tragically ended a mere three seasons later in 2010. In the show, Silverman portrayed a fictionalized version of herself while co-starring her real-life sister, Laura Silverman. Her absurd and ironic humor translated into the show's scripts perfectly, as most episodes dealt with how her immature and irresponsible lifestyle would lead to mischievous and awkward scenarios. The show also featured Mr. Show alumni Brian Posehn and Jay Johnston handling two of the supporting characters as Sarah's gay-stoner neighbor and her sister's on-air love interest.

Songs of The Sarah Silverman Program
features 99 tracks.
Courtesy Photo

While the subject matter of each episode varied from topics such as the Holocaust to endless poop jokes, the one constant element that appeared in every show was the original music that was written and performed by Silverman herself.

Songs of The Sarah Silverman Program contains a whopping 99 tracks and clocks in at just under 73 minutes, but don't let that number fool you; only half of the tracks are songs that appeared on the show, with the longest song, "Oh Happy Day," barely lasting 1 minute 40 seconds.

The other half of the tracks are excerpts of dialogue from the show, featuring names like "Mouth Veins Tushy Vagina" and"Farts Got Into A Fight," you kind of wish the excerpts were longer than just a minute and half.

The end of most tracks that were excerpted from the show left me listless and wanting to hear more. But perhaps that was the intention of creating an album like this--to generate interest in DVD sales and provide a companion piece to say thanks to all the die-hard Sarah Silverman fans that supported the show over three seasons.

Whatever the case may be, the show was hilarious and it's a tragedy that it only lasted three seasons. I can only hope that her next project comes along sooner than later.

(Comedy Central Records)