Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017)

Watching Sarah Silverman’s new Netflix special is a bit of a chicken-or-the-egg situation: So much of Silverman’s delivery and facial expressions recall Amy Schumer that I couldn’t help wonder is Schumer’s soaring popularity has influenced Silverman, or if it’s the other way around (given Silverman’s veteran status as a comedic performer). Either way, this recalls the best of Schumer’s work: Acerbic, charming, willing to push the boundaries of good taste but always in service of a solid joke and not simply to shock. Silverman’s perspectives on many topics – from women’s health to relationships to her own personal health – always seems entirely authentic, while just about every joke is a hit. I was expecting to enjoy this and it was even better than I thought.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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