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The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  33,023 ratings  ·  2,099 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
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, biography, comedy
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
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I have to give Sarah Silverman A+ for candidness. As uncomfortable and awkward as these memoirs got, I have to hand it to her for speaking so openly, succinctly, humorously, and yes, even elegantly, about horribly humiliating episodes of her childhood as a bed-wetter, and being mercilessly scolded and ostracized for it by children who didn't know better and adults who should have.

Sarah's personal tales of her unconventional family, her teenage battle with depression, her I-can't-believe-it's-tr
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*3.5 stars*

I love, love, love celebrity audiobooks read by themselves. They usually do an excellent job with the narration (exception: Tiffany Haddish), and the books just sound so much more alive through audio format. That was certainly the case with The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman.

I'm a Sarah Silverman fan, and I enjoyed her in this book, though it was scattered and uneven. It was like listening to Sarah Silverman ramble for a few hours, which isn't t
Nov 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: not your mom
Recommended to unknown 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
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've always had reservations about this comedian. She seriously grosses me out at times, and already feeling adamant about dumb stuff like Georgia O'Keefe canvases, her raunchiest jokes may often cause some serious damage in me (like, for instance, having a feeble, momentary hatred for women--purely superficially, of course). Anyway, she pushes buttons--but she does this here with, how can I put this: grace. Actual, legit grace. She displays her life openly. Always as an act of bravery, always i ...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
Katie B
I wouldn't say I'm a big fan of Sarah Silverman but if I am flipping the channels and see her on a late night talk show, I'll tune in as she usually can get me to laugh at least a few times. She does have a tendency to put her foot in her mouth and has said some pretty offensive things over the years. Fair warning, this book will contain stuff that will leave you shaking your head and thinking "why would you say that?.

Given the title, the book obviously goes into detail about Sarah being a bedwe
May 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-story, 2010
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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Dov Zeller
I've tried to read/listen to quite a few comedian memoirs and so far haven't had much success in terms of tolerating them. This one, for whatever reason, charmed me. It's really interesting to read her take on the culture of comedy in different places/modes/moments (stand up, SNL, Larry Sanders show, Sarah Silverman Program...).

In the earlier part of the memoir she talks about growing up, and the fear and shame and logistical mayhem brought upon by her chronic bedwetting. She is open in the way
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, I used to think I was related to the actor Jonathan Silverman because we shared a last name. How I wish Sarah was famous back in the mid-'80s, as I would have loved to imagine being related to her.

I've seen Sarah Silverman in various movies, on sketch comedy shows, etc. She's always been really funny, so I was interested in checking out her book. Right off the bat, she had me laughing out loud. We have a similar sense of humor when it comes to bodily functions, so hearing her
May 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved reading about her childhood, not so much about her adulthood. She is pretty hilarious throughout, though.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny, candid, and crude (although sometimes abhorrently), Sarah Silverman is her usual self in this book.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour, auto-biography, ab
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
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
She's funny; I liked her. I listened to this to learn more about her, and was primarily surprised that the references she routinely makes to being hairy and having lots of dubiously forethought sex, as well as the bedwetting in the title, are all painful themes running through almost her whole life, and she has made substantial comedic hay out of challenges that would be socially crippling for many an average person. Well done. Not to mention becoming beautiful, apparently well-adjusted, kind, a ...more
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
Couldn't finish it. I respect her comedy and I was laughing at times but it just wasn't for me. Don't let my rating of it deter you, if you like Sarah you will appreciate this book.
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-deals
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
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Angus McKeogh
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not awful but not beyond just middling either. I learned two things reading this book. One: I don't care all that much about Sarah Silverman's childhood. Two: I don't think Sarah Silverman is all that funny nor are her anecdotes particularly entertaining.
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