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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  23,377 ratings  ·  1,611 reviews
From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah’s television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish, y ...more
Hardcover, Alt Cover for ISBN: 9780061856433, 240 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Harper Collins (first published April 10th 2010)
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Jason Koivu
A couple nights ago, I was licking jelly off my boyfriend's penis. And I thought, "Oh my God — I'm turning into my mother!"

Sarah Silverman exposes herself...well...constantly. That's her ironic, "here's what terrible people say" thing. It's not real. You understand that, right?

In The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee Silverman exposes the real her. From early childhood to her recent successes in comedy and television, some of the more private and embarrassing episodes of her life
Diane Librarian
Sarah Silverman is a fun workout companion! I listened to this on audio, mostly while I was on the treadmill, and it is an amusing book.

The narrative isn't chronological and the stories jump around. There were a few times it was a bit confusing and I wish she had either explained events better, or rearranged the chapters. The trajectory of her comedy career was especially jumpy, with anecdotes scattered throughout but rarely in order.

But really, who cares? Sarah is a comedian and this is her mem
Nov 27, 2010 j rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not your mom
Recommended to j by: not my mom
Sarah Silverman knows how to write a good joke. She does not so much know how to write a good book. As a consequence, The Bedwetter is for the most part very funny, but it doesn't really do any of that good memoir stuff like tell about how she lived in devastating poverty in Ireland and was forced to spend her days rummaging for coal to sell so her siblings would have enough to eat before they all died of typhoid fever, or reveal that her monumentally irresponsible and unstable parents kept upro ...more
Sarah Silverman's lightning-rod comedy -- irreverent, snarky, grotesque, un-PC and offensive to those who lack an ironic sense -- invariably causes her to have to sometimes justify, explain and defend herself to humorless people, who still won't get it anyway.

My review of this book will be a little bit like that, because, even though I'm giving it a fairly lowly two stars, I'm not saying it's not enjoyable, funny, revealing, sometimes thoughtful, and a good read. The book is like spending the ev
What I have learned from this book: Sarah Silverman is a clever, sensitive, free-spirited clown who clearly adores her family and her friends, and who has no fear about talking honestly about her clinical depression or admitting that she wet the bed until she was 16.

Also: Steve Perry is a racist (or was that a joke? I don't even know) and Louis CK is reserved, mature, and very smart, in some ways as much like his Parks & Recreation character as his onstage character.

At this point I'm a litt
Sarah Silverman has a horse-ish face and is proud of it. Normally this would make me have a crush on her instantly, unfortunately this book does a great job of making me genuinely dislike her. The "childhood" part of the book is the only piece with any sort of a narrative. Most of the "adult" half of the book is just a loosely held together collection of paragraphs describing various incidents in her life. Chapters jump from problems with depression, to the loss of her virginity, to a terrible d ...more
Carol Storm
Hello, my name is Sarah Silverman. I'm not very funny, but I am very pretty. Will you buy my book, please?

Now obviously, there's good and bad in all groups of people. In general, we Jewish girls (see, I'm a Jew! How daring of me to come right out and admit it!) are just as human, frail, heroic, whatever, as anyone else. But some of us (and I do mean me, not the person reading this review) do have a tendency to slack off and use our looks to get what we want out of life. It's not exactly new. In
What's good:

-She sprinkles funny lines throughout.
-Her childhood and her bouts with bedwetting and depression are interesting, however they feel ghostwritten.
-The stories of the writer's room throughout the years and early years in the Boston and New York stand-up comedy scenes.
-She has led a resilient career overcoming a failed stint at Saturday Night Live and countless controversies over her style of button-pushing comedic style.

Not so good:

-She has a habit of victimizing herself throughout
I'm not sure why I picked this book up. I'm not a Sarah Silverman fan--not a hater either, just someone who is ambivalent. Also, the books I read this year by comedians I adore were something of a let-down. So I was predisposed to dislike, if not outright hate, this book.

I was pretty shocked to find myself adoring it. From the first page of the foreword, where she correctly ascertained my physical location (on the toilet) through all the funny, sincere self-exposure, this book was great. The ch
I have to go against the more popular three star choice because, while I did enjoy many parts of this book, it was just so random and unorganized I felt like I was reading the rough draft version before the editor even touched it.
The personal stories of her childhood, experiences working in the industry, and friendships with other comics were interesting, but many of them just seemed there to fill up space and not really connected to anything else. As a fan of the program and knowing her show b
Attention pervos: If you are looking for a free photograph of a penis wearing a hair clip, just find a dark corner of your local (preferably indie) bookstore, and flip to page 209 of Sarah Silverman's "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee." That's where you'll find the shot of a chunky decorative unit resting on a bed of balls, framed by bunchy boxer shorts and a nest of unkempt, as Silverman would call them, pubes.

You're welcome.

Silverman's story is equal parts memoir and st
I've always been ambivalent with Sarah Silverman. She can be hilarious (THE standout in "The Aristocrats"), but she often pushes buttons that makes me uncomfortable. As, of course, she means to. But in my critical world, reader response is #1 and artistic intent is #2--I choose to consume, I am interested in its effect on me. It's ironic, of course, because my response to Silverman must be how other people respond to me: "aw, why did he have to say THAT?"

This book is different, though. It's not
I laughed so hard reading this on the plane that people started to stare. I read a number of reviews that said this book isn't funny for the last half. I disagree. I laughed all the way through. Granted, reading about the culture at Saturday Night Live might not be as funny as you expected, but that's the point, at least partly.
On the front flap of comedienne Sarah Silverman's humorous memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, there is a warning from the publisher. It is a silly three question multiple answer quiz asking, in various forms, what limits can be pushed before you are offended. Though an original way to announce what is to come if you read the book, the quiz is quite an accurate barometer. If you can't make it through the short questionnaire without a red face, then you should not open ...more
I nearly pissed my pants while reading the foreword (written in expert fashion by the author herself), and had that been the entire story, it would have rivaled any humor tale I’d ever picked up. But sadly, there was more to THE BEDWETTER: STORIES OF COURAGE, REDEMPTION, AND PEE, and it wasn’t entirely filled with plastic sheets covered mania. While this is just a rough guess, I’d say the first half of the book was literary comedic genius. Filled with chuckles and flat-out bits of hysteria. And ...more
Fished this from a dollar bin, and I was surprised at how much I liked it. The one and two star reviews must be big Journey fans. You might remember that she not so subtly hinted that lead singer Steve Perry said Paula Deen-style racist shit about black people to her after one of her shows. He of course denies it ever happened. I wrote about it back when this book came out a few years ago.

The first half or maybe two thirds is a sort of memoir about her life growing up in New Hampshire, small for
I rarely read celebrity biographies, but found Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter irresistible. Sarah Silverman is the girlfriend of my dreams; someone I fantasize about hanging out with and joking raunchily with while avoiding the shock and awe reactions I usually muster up in anyone who is not a dude.

Silverman's The Bedwetter is an example of a really clever way for a celebrity to overcome any hang-ups and insecurities they may have had before or during stardom. A large portion of the biography i
Having only read one other book in similar vein, Bossypants by Tina Fey, I have to say this was probably more of what I would expect in a book by a comedian. It had me laughing out loud numerous times, no small feat...but also, Silverman's writing is much more personal (with a notable exception of almost any mention of Jimmy Kimmel) than Tina Fey's. For such a patently hilariously offensive person, it's really nice to sort of see behind the mask or really behind the poop and fart jokes. Recommen ...more
Other then a couple mini-roles I have seen of her in movies I can't say I knew anything about Sarah Silverman actress/comedian. After listening to her audio book I can't wait to check out her stand up and other television or movie appearances.

Funny, edgy, and doesn't hold back. My kind of girl.
Aug 14, 2010 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: MR, EP, Ellie
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
New Hampshire: where cows are well done and Jews are rare.
AND, where Sarah Silverman grew up.

Sarah Silverman is SO vulgar and weird- but I heart her anyway.
I listened to this audio memoir written and read by Sarah Silverman twice-once by myself and then again with my husband. I happily listened to (and laughed through) it both times. I quite enjoy Silverman’s now defunct and oddly hilarious “The Sarah Silverman Program” so I was excited to see this audiobook in my library’s e-download catalogue. I found this memoir to be surprisingly deep and emotional in parts, while always maintaining Silverman’s trademark humor. Silverman’s memoirs are a view in ...more
Melissa Conner
Sarah Silverman believes that, in order to enjoy life, you have to learn to “Make it a Treat”, meaning just because you love chocolate doesn’t mean you should eat it every day. Make it a treat and you’ll enjoy it more.

In her hilarious autobiography, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, Silverman gives some advice to her avid readers: “Look, there’s not much useful to take away from this book—it’s largely stories of a woman who has spent her life peeing on herself. But there is
Like most biographies, if you don't like the person it's about, you clearly won't like the book. If you like Sarah Silverman's comedy routine and show, you will enjoy this book. I'm somewhat in the middle regarding her. I enjoy her stuff but never go out of my way. While definitely not perfect, it's still a solid read.

I'm always curious to read about comedians because they are always expected to be funny, but not everything in life is a joke. The Bedwetter definitely has its serious sections, es
Christy Stewart
I don't like to brag, but I hate memoirs.

This is the first one I've read of my own volition, let alone of a celebrity's, and thank God I have good taste because I loved it.

Silverman spares you lots of details and just jumps to the horrible and funny parts; which are the only parts strangers actually care about anyway. Instead of writing about sex or drug addiction like everyone else she decided to write a good book that relays her actual experience of life.

And like the first 50 pages are about h
I want to like Sarah Silverman, I really do. I have tried watching her over the years, and I have had this book on my list for a long time. It just didn't speak to me. There were certainly funny aspects, but, for me, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler just do it better, or at least speak to me on a more humorous level. I really enjoyed their books, and found myself constantly laughing out loud. There were definitely points where I laughed out loud reading this book, but those points were few ...more
Curtis Lowton
Having read the "comedic memoirs" of Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and Tina Fey, I expected more of the same; that is, funny stories about Silverman's life and career. While she definitely delivered on these, I was unprepared for a lot of personal revelations that made me feel empathy and understanding for Silverman's battles with bedwetting, depression, as well as some of her career highs and lows (FYI I think Guy Aoki is a jerk).

All in all, I was thoroughly impressed. If you're a fan of Silverma
Dec 26, 2014 Clint rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This was a quick and mostly hilarious book, written in a very conversational tone, which is what I guess most non professional prose writers end up sounding like. All I knew about Sarah Silverman before was her Jesus is Magic film, and I really liked it, so I thought I'd read her book.

The only thing really lacking in this book is a point, it goes in pretty much chronological order, recounting her life in funny ways, but it just veers here and there too much, it really lacks cohesion, and just ki
Leah Lucci
From peeing in her bed into her teens, to pissing off a coalition of Asian-Americans as an adult, Sarah Silverman has been making a mess forever. And she’s the first to admit it. This quality makes her relatable. She’s a lot of things, but “hoity-toity” is not one of them.

Her life is the perfect mix of Your Childhood (summer camps, crazy parents) and Distinctly Her (getting fired from SNL, getting into a semantic argument about “pee” versus “pee-pee” for the subtitle title of her book).

If you l
Paul Eckert
Those familiar with Sarah Silverman’s comedy know that it doesn’t matter who you are, you will be made fun of. Even if you are Sarah Silverman.

“The Bedwetter” turns her comedic observations toward herself and her family. The result is hilarious, sometimes quite revealing, but always heartfelt and poignant.

Judging by how well she immerses herself in her role on “The Sarah Silverman Program”, I’ve always wondered if she would be a hard person to get to know. With people that define themselves by
Joe Adams
Having voraciously torn through Patton Oswalt's latest book then right into Chuck Klosterman's "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs," I suppose it was unfair to even start this book by an obvious novice like Sarah. She even admits frequently to never writing her jokes and comments all the time at how lazy she is. Somehow, this knowledge wasn't a prerequisite to seeing such things evident in her writing. Whereas Patton came off as someone who sincerely locks himself away to hone his craft, Sarah merely se ...more
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Sarah Kate Silverman is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer, singer, guitarist, and actress. Although usually credited as Sarah Silverman, she is sometimes credited by her nickname, Big S. Her satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics such as racism, sexism, and religion.

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