Brace Yourself, Israel: Sarah Silverman Is Coming

Three years after her last public visit to Israel, the U.S. comedienne is reportedly returning to the holy land as a special guest at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.

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Sarah Silverman poses with her award for HBO's 'Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles' at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California Aug. 25, 2014.
Sarah Silverman poses with her award for HBO's 'Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles' at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California Aug. 25, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Sarah Silverman will be visiting Israel in December as a special guest at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, Israeli media reported on Friday.

According to the Yedioth Aharonoth daily, the Jewish-American comedienne will attend a gala screening of her stand-up comedy show "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles" (HBO) for which she received an Emmy Award earlier this year. After the screening, Silverman will talk to the audience and be awarded a prize by the festival for her achievements in comedy, the report said.

The 16th annual Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival runs from December 16 to 23, presenting feature films, documentaries, shorts, animated and avant-garde films on Jewish themes and those relating to Israel and the Diaspora, according to the website of the Jerusalem Cinematheque, home to the event.

Silverman, an acclaimed Los Angeles comedienne, is known for flaunting her Jewish identity and depthless chutzpah. One of her sisters is a Reform rabbi living in Jerusalem and an active member of the Women of the Wall organization aimed at securing an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. After her sister Susan was arrested together with her 17-year-old daughter for praying at the Kotel last year, Silverman tweeted: “SO proud of my amazing sister & niece for their ballsout civil disobedience. Ur the tits!”

The last publicized time Silverman visited Israel was in 2011, when she attended the Conference of the President of Israel and performed in Tel Aviv.

The controversial comedienne began her stand-up comedy career in 1989 when she was 19 years old, and four years later joined the writing staff of "Saturday Night Live," the report says, where she lasted one year. Her career took off in the 1990s with roles in numerous movies and television shows, including "Seinfeld." In 2007, Silverman launched her own stand-up comedy show "The Sarah Silverman Program" on Comedy Central. The show lasted three seasons and was nominated for an Emmy Award. She won her first Emmy in 2008 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song "I'm F***ing Matt Damon," which, as with many of her controversial clips, went viral on YouTube.

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