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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

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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...more
Joel
Nov 27, 2010 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: not your mom
Recommended to Joel 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
Evan
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...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...more
rachel
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...more
Ben
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
Matthew
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...more
Sylvia
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...more
Amanda
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...more
christa
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...more
Nathan
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...more
Jae
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.
Wallace
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
Robert
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
Sarah
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...more
Bandit
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
Shelli
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.
Dimity
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...more
Mark
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Angie
I picked up The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee after seeing Sarah Silverman on the Marriage Ref. I had known of her as a comedian for a long time, but the only thing I had seen was the “I’m f*cking Matt Damon” video. I found her hilarious on that show and in the video so I decided to learn more.

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee reads like a long stand up act. Each chapter is filled with vignettes from a particular period of her life. This makes it a litt...more
Edmole
American books by comedians tend to have big type, a lot of recycled jokes and very little effort put in. This one starts off seeming like it is going away from type with some interesting and funny reflections on childhood, but deflates like a whoopee cushion in the second half as Silverman clearly gives up on writing something particularly good. Once she gets to New York, does SNL but fails to break in, does other stuff then breaks big then does her show it all gets to be a bit of a list with '...more
Sean Randall
"Unvisited tombstones, unread diaries, and erased video-game high-score rankings are three of the most potent symbols of mankind’s pathetic
and fruitless attempts at immortality. Not to be negative."

I don't read nonfiction as a rule. when I do, it has hither to been about people I know a fair bit about to begin with - hence the interest in the first place. Stephen Fry. Roald Dahl. Joanne Rowling, and so on.

Having rather listlessly flipped through this morass of what I can only describe as a coll...more
A.gasior
I borrowed this book on CD thinking I was getting a comedy album, instead I got an autobiography. This isn't to say that I was disappointed. Silverman recounts her life in a very humorous and authentic way. She delivers her life story in an animated way that brings scenes and people to life and leaves little to the imagination. The story itself includes a bit of self-flagellation mixed with moments of self-righteousness; all in all, interesting to say the least.

At one point in the story, Silver...more
Melissa
In "The Bedwetter," the famous comedian/actress Sarah Silverman shares her stories of growing up, moving to New York, getting a stint on Saturday Night Live, and finally making a name of herself in the media industry.

My favorite part of the book was Sarah's stories about growing up. She covers her period of teenage awkwardness, depression, and discomfort living in New Hampshire. With her special brand of humor, even the shocking scenes, like when she finds out her shrink committed suicide or the...more
Patrick
Bedwetter By Sarah Silverman (2010)


I tend to think Sarah Silverman as very funny and capable of showing the nasty side of us although I do tire of her abortion jokes. I like her brilliance at writing, crowing her literacy talent, and her honesty at battling depression, inappropriate jokes about her dead brother when she was four, and her public show of pubic and tinkling in public places. I am ashamed that I laughed when she writes that her summer camp is the second worst camp for Jews. Sometim...more
Patrick
I'm sort of torn on this book. On the one hand, there are some very funny sections, and a surprising amount of heart. On the other hand, it's very scattered and runs out of steam in a big way about halfway through, almost as if Silverman wanted to write a book and had about 100 pages of solid material about her early life, and then just sort of winged it the rest of the way, talking about people she knows, being Jewish, Obama...really, whatever was on her mind at that point in time.

That said, I...more
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