Prior to her greenlit Sarah Silverman Program, Sarah Silverman developed a very distinctive voice in the early millennium that saw her as the sadistic female version akin to Raffi, that is if Raffi sang peppy songs to children about flatulence, homosexuality, abortion, and racism. Nevertheless, Silverman broke onto the scene with one women shows and was met with a modicum of critical praise, particularly for the cult hit Jesus is Magic, that featured her un-PC “Jewish rhetoric” on taboo subjects that most fresh faced women in comedy stayed away from.
When The Sarah Silverman Program premiered on Comedy Central, critics praised Silverman for her no holds barred approach in the way she tackled topics that saw her character taking on an absurdist view point on feminism, AIDS, homosexuality, and racism, in a way that could pass for a secondary mouthpiece to actual conservative talking heads. In its first two seasons it brilliantly captured the independent spirit of the 90s that The Groundlings had from its low budget sets and the charming dialogue that just so happens to gets under the skin and is often referred to as “full frontal jewdity”. Each episode spins through a plethora of comedic slapstick-y tones while remaining to accomplish that personal cheerful bubbly touch the comedienne carried quite hilariously through her one woman acts – including melodramatic song interludes, before quirky characters like Zooey Deschanel put them in the cute machine and cranked them out as hipster chic. (Read the rest @ PopMatters)