Slowly but surely, leaves are changing color. In New York City, there’s now a chill in the air. Fall is finally here, and you know what that means: the newest season of Saturday Night Live is almost here! Through the years, SNL has featured some of our Jewish favorites like Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolph, and Adam Sandler. And now, Season 47 will feature someone who will surely become our latest Jewish fave: Sarah Sherman!
Here are 18 things to know about Jewish comedian Sarah Sherman:
1. Sarah Sherman was born to a Jewish family.
2. Sarah is from “really Jewish Long Island.” “My phone number says “Garden City,” and that bothers me,” Sarah told VICE. I’m from really Jewish Long Island, and Garden City is really Catholic Long Island, so that’s where I draw the line.”
3. Check out this impression she did of her Jewish dad:
4. Sarah graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 Chicago with a degree in theater.
5. Sarah first got into comedy as an audience member: “I used to take the Long Island Rail Road to [Upright Citizens Brigade] to see ASSSSCAT when I was 17, and thought it was the coolest shit,” Sarah told an interviewer.
But it wasn’t until later that she began to find her niche:
“Then I moved to Chicago and was doing improv stuff, and was like, This isn’t who I am. This isn’t the proper vehicle to express myself. All the while I was getting into the noise and DIY scene…My friend Mike Sugarman would be getting naked and taping chorizo to his dick and screaming, another friend would dress like a clown in a psychotic carnival, another would put crickets in a bag and shake them in front of the audience. That’s where I started doing comedy, and it was like, This is it. This is where the freaks are.”
6. On stage, she goes by the moniker Sarah Squirm.
8. Her style of comedic is extremely visual, body-focused, and frankly, disgusting.
“My whole life I was taught that women are either sexualized or vulgarized,” Sarah has explained. “I’m talking about my own body politics, so I’m owning that shame, guilt, pain, and embarrassment by performing the act of torture on myself. If you’re telling me my pubes are disgusting, well, I’m going to make a video of my pubes growing and then strangling me.”
9. While working as a comic in Chicago, Sarah had a monthly show called “Helltrap Nightmare.” For one Helltrap Nightmare show she did, she had some very Jewish inspo:
“Throughout the night Sherman worked in front of a projection screen and early on she began a presentation ostensibly about her own bat mitzvah, only to have the discussion devolve into a series of videos demonstrating various hair-removal techniques, from threading to tweezing to waxing to shaving, all with over-the-top and increasingly gory footage of herself in costume as the offending hair being removed.”
10. In 2016, the Chicago Reader awarded her the title of “the best stand-up comedian.”
And in 2020, Eric and Sarah campaigned for Bernie Sanders together!
— SARAH SQUIRM (@SarahSquirm) January 13, 2020
She’s a big Bernie fan, as a “mean loudmouth Jew”:
to all my lefty sweeties who want bernie to attack biden harder, just remember, as a mean loudmouth jew myself, people really don't always respond well to a loudmouth mean jew !!!
— SARAH SQUIRM (@SarahSquirm) March 16, 2020
13. On Twitter, she is not just a vocal Bernie supporter — she is very good at niche Jewish tweets:
picture it: you’re at a shiva call and can only choose one. wyd??? pic.twitter.com/haBYJnckOs
— SARAH SQUIRM (@SarahSquirm) May 12, 2020
Related — unrelated? — Sarah never went on Birthright, and is a self-defined “cool punk Jew”:
🙋 cool punk ✡️ jews ✡️who never went on birthright, rise up! 🙋
— SARAH SQUIRM (@SarahSquirm) June 16, 2020
14. Uncut Gems is “probably the best movie” Sarah’s ever seen. “When I saw it I was next to my boyfriend, who grew up Catholic, and the whole time I was leaning over him and saying, ‘You have no idea what’s going on in this movie, you idiot,’” Sarah said in an interview. “Every time I go home, I’m on Long Island for like eight minutes and I just have violent, eviscerating diarrhea because I’m so stressed out. That’s why Uncut Gems was so fucking perfect. ”
Her dream is to get cast in a Safdie brothers movie as an “ugly Jew” with stomach problems:
what do i have to do to get cast as an ugly jew with a diarrhea disorder in a safdie bro movie
— SARAH SQUIRM (@SarahSquirm) December 2, 2020
15. Her dad is an expert at Jewish guilt, whom she compares to Adam Sandler’s Howard Ratner in “Uncut Gems.” “He’s always calling me up on a High Holiday: ‘Did you go to shul?’ I’m like, ‘No.’ And he always says, ‘Just remember, 6 million in the oven, that’s all I’m gonna say.’ That’s Jewish guilt.”
16. Sarah has her own vaccine! Kinda. Watch this video she made to learn more:
17. Sarah’s also worked with Adult Swim, including this interview:
18. In 2020, she posted a faux-SNL audition tape on Twitter:
— SARAH SQUIRM (@SarahSquirm) October 9, 2020
In addition to being funny, it looks like Sarah’s clairvoyant?? Mazels Sarah!! We can’t wait to see what you do on SNL!