The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

by Sarah Silverman

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From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back 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, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061987076
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 65,023
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sarah Silverman is the co-creator and star of The Sarah Silverman Program. She won an Emmy in 2009 for her video I'm F***ing Matt Damon, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role on The Sarah Silverman Program. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Duck, presuming he does not die prior to publication, which is moderately to extremely likely.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sarah Silverman xi

Cursed from the Start 1

The Bedwetter 17

My Nana Was Great but Now She's Dead 45

Hymen, Goodbyemen 51

Some of My More Moving Violations 63

Sarah Silverman: The College Year 73

Make It a Treat 93

Live from New York, You're Fired 101

Fear and Clothing 115

Midword 125

Explosive Diary 135

Me Play Joke 143

Calls from Schleppy 165

The Most Important Thing in Life: Being on TV 173

The Second-Most-Important Thing in Life: Love 213

Jew 217

Afterword by God 233

Thanks-Yous 239

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Bedwetter 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Sarah Silverman's comedy, I was looking forward to reading her memoir, "The Bedwetter : Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee". The book did not disappoint. It is one of the rare memoirs that manage to be both concise and insightful. Silverman bravely devotes much of the book to her childhood battles with depression and enuresis. She also discusses her days as a struggling comic and her views on topics like fashion and religion. Her account of writing for Saturday Night Live in the'90's is especially interesting. Regardless of the subject matter, each chapter is peppered with the clever humor Silverman fans have come to expect. The only complaint I have is that Silverman completely ignores the existence of one of her sisters when talking about her childhood, only to introduce her later in the photographic section of the book and never mention her again. Other than that, I highly recommend "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee" to anyone who is not easily offended.
Baron_Von_Literature More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I dipped quill in ink to pen a thoughful review, and it'll be a lot longer than now too. That's because I don't think this book was great...wait for it...I KNOW it was great! Many people know of Ms. Silverman's smokin' hot body of work, her unceasing efforts to advance the study of Doodyology at Cambridge, or her championing of the case to spread awareness of Matt Damon f***ing. These are all admirable in their own right, but now she has completely raised the bar by writing a book FOR FREE, and GIVING IT AWAY. All proceeds go to charity. Oh, wait. $25.99? She's keeping the money? Well it doesn't matter; i'm gay for Sarah Silverman and I'm a dude. Reading this is like being along for the ride of her life so far. The writing is so vivid, you actually FEEL like you're waking up with her in a pee-soaked bed. All the other words I would use to describe "The Bedwetter" keep getting censored by Barnes & Noble, so that's all you get folks! I can't wait to buy this book, read it and then leave it in a park for a homeless guy to spank to.
Jessi419 More than 1 year ago
I read this book on the merit of a few good reviews I had read. I'll be honest and say that while I've found myself laughing at Sarah Silverman's comedy and TV show before, I'm not entirely won over by it, but I've always been under the impression that the person behind it is intelligent and likable. This book truly supports that. It's just a good read by a woman that I feel I can relate to. Despite the farts and pee jokes, there's a lot of introspection about her relationships with her friends, family and colleagues that is really just a joy to read. This is not to say I don't find farts and pee jokes humorous, but reading how they're anchored in her psyche makes her comedy all the more enjoyable. She comes across as a sensitive person who cares about the feelings of others (an issue addressed in the book are the debacles concerning Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Guy Aoki, the president of MANAA). I think it's true that it's overly-didactic for a comedian to explain their jokes, but I think reading these passages was important. They made interesting stories and reading about her reactions to the bad press really made me feel for her. I'm really enjoying this book and I hope that even if you don't totally love her comedy, you'll at least give it a try.
Knitwych More than 1 year ago
This book affirmed my suspicion that Sarah Silverman is Sarah Silverman's biggest fan. I was hoping there might be something in it that would convince me that her talent is writing (she did start out as a comedy writer, and it's painfully obvious that her "acting" is simply her repetitively bringing her obnoxious traits to every role), but it didn't pan out. I'm very glad that I borrowed this book, rather than purchasing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the first 100 (very entertainig) pages, it becomes a rant. Didn't bother with the last dozen pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sarah Silverman's bold comedic style. She's original, and daringly hilarious. This book was such a fun, and rather insightful read.
ashabash More than 1 year ago
Never had anything against Sarah, but never followed her religiously either. Bedwetter was endlessly entertaining but wasnt forced at all. It was silly but not to the extent that you lose interest with what she's saying. I've also learmed that she and i are the same person... not like siamese twins or anything though so dont get excited. I dont know it's late, i lovvvved this book, i now have a hetero crush on sarah, and im going to bed.
DACDC More than 1 year ago
Found it boring and just NOT funny. It falls under "I guess you had to be there (to find it funny)." It also reads like she had 2 days to meet the book's deadline and threw out random thoughts. Don't waste your time. I'm sorry I wasted mine.
HeatherlyO More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the stream-of-consciousness writing sans chapters! Well done, Sarah! I hope this isn't her last attempt at the comedy memoir writing genre, as she has a heart-warming and simultaneously hilarious childhood to draw from. Not for people who dislike funny stuff or topical humor about pee, poo(p), and the author's vagina.
Boutabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could personally identify with the Jewess parts. I loved the pictures, and enjoyed her usual "off the wall" humor. There were a couple of meaningfull "lessons" in the book, like makings special, rather than just over indulging. I was a little disappointed to find that she had different views of "sex" than I have. I usually don't like autobiographies because they tend to dispel my fabricated image of the subject.
wlgordon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Sarah Silverman's work and this book is no exception. Lots of laughs but beware, her humor tends to be a little on the raw side.
SallyBrice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Bedwetter begs comparison with Russell Brand¿s My Booky Wook. Both are outrageous semi-mock memoirs, a bit like the literary equivalents of It¿s Spinal Tap. My Booky Wook is the more satisfying because Brand has suffered more and learned more in a hard-won victory over drug and alcohol abuse and sexual addiction. Silverman¿s greatest obstacle growing up was the bedwetting that stayed with her long into adolescence. There was clearly a link between that condition and the anxiety that had Silverman on huge amounts of Xanax as a teenager. I would have liked more self analysis of the ferocious intelligence that is her gift and curse. On the other hand, we are able to see much of this in Silverman¿s TV show and movies of her stand-up routines. Brand, on the contrary, remains hidden on celluloid behind his Aldous Snow persona. I look forward to future Seekul Wequels.
icedream on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not the Sarah Silverman fan in the family, my son is. My thought process in buying the book was that although I'm not a fan of her television show I do appreciate a humorous memoir, so I hoped that as a comedian she would write a funny book. My thoughts were incorrect. I don't find her funny, even on paper. My son might appreciate the book but I just don't get her and nothing in this book even made me crack a smile.
JEldredge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah never takes anything seriously, including her own memoirs, and that is what made this book so enjoyable.
bribre01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
funny and interesting.
yeremenko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first half of the book tells a great story, a surprising story with great humor. In that respect the book was much better than expected. She includes a "midword" where she discusses how much time she wasted writing the book then proves it with random pieces, that are at time lousy. After the sixth reference to the, "funniest guy ever!" that she works with it gets boring.She does talk about her insecurities in the well written bio portion of the book and that trait shines through. Some of her explanations for controversial jokes ring hollow and unbelievable. It is very hard to believe she didn't know Paris Hilton was going to be in the audience when one of the jokes was made. But it impossible to believe she was having goodhearted fun with Britney Spears only a few months later. The jokes were mean, brutal, and hilarious. But, Sarah Silverman wants to be the mean C-word on stage and avoid the fallout. Grow a pair Sarah.
Gittel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not sure how she gets away with everything she writes about, but Sarah is hilarious. Possibly the funniest female comic working today
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Fans only
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just trying to read the "forward" bored me to desth, and bathroom jokes, really? Guess this is for her super fans only, im not impressed. I was hoping to read something light & funny, not a self-praise book. If you enjoy reading how great she thinks she is, go ahead. I'll pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post it at "trick or pee". ONE CONDITION: no sex. Just good old fashioned peeing outside please.
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