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Sarah Silverman Discusses Her Movie 'Jesus Is Magic'

Sarah Silverman confronts ethnic identity in a publicity still for <i>Jesus is Magic</i>.
Sarah Silverman confronts ethnic identity in a publicity still for Jesus is Magic.
Sarah Silverman's new movie culls material from a stage show she honed in New York and Los Angeles.
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Sarah Silverman's new movie culls material from a stage show she honed in New York and Los Angeles.

Comedian Sarah Silverman is known for delivering closely observed social commentary in a disarmingly politically incorrect style. Her new movie, Jesus Is Magic, is based on an act she polished in New York and Los Angeles.

The film, a series of vignettes, bits of standup routines and bittersweet songs, was directed by Liam Lynch, who has worked extensively with Tenacious D, the band fronted by Jack Black.

Silverman's comedy is marked by a willingness to offend. And while some of her remarks have led to criticism, her fans embrace the wit and honesty of her commentary. From detailed sex talk to minority groups and sensitive issues like the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there seems to be little she views as sacrosanct in her act.

Jesus Is Magic also stars comedians Bob Odenkirk and Brian Posehn, friends of Silverman's from the 1990s HBO comedy series Mr. Show, on which she often appeared. Silverman's previous films include School of Rock and There's Something About Mary.

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