Stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman is getting her own HBO comedy show about a “pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis.” The project is untitled at the moment. Silverman got her big break on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s. She wore two ponytails like Gilda Radner. As Silverman says of her fashion statement, “I took to it and kept it for about 20 years.” Now, the 44-year-old who brought her marijuana vape to the Emmys wants you take her seriously.
Silverman plays a housewife in the dramatic film “I Smile Back.” Her character, Laney, is struggling with depression. Instead of taking her prescription she self-medicates with cocaine and sleeps around with random men. Silverman can relate to Laney. She said she “battled depression when growing up in New Hampshire.” A therapist prescribed Silverman four Xanax pills four times a day. “Whoever put me on that should be imprisoned,” she said. “I just felt numb. I didn’t feel better. I kept them all in a shoe box because I kept thinking, ‘This can’t be right, but my parents believe the doctors.'”