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Sarah Silverman still going strong

“The Sarah Silverman Program,” now in its third season on Comedy Central, will not disappoint viewers seeking uncensored comedy. The network decided to pick up a third season due to exceptional ratings.

According to comedycentral.com, 1.81 million viewers tuned in back in February 2007, marking the highest premiere ratings of any Comedy Central show in three years. The sitcom has had a steady viewership ever since.

The program’s 10 episodes will explore everything from Silverman’s fear of necks to her imaginary childhood friend, played by Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg.

“The most outrageous thing for me was getting a frisbee thrown at my neck,” Silverman said. “I don’t know, I just have this really weird thing with my neck, but [during the program] I do other crazy stuff too, like getting shot out of a cannon.”

So how do Silverman and her writers come up with these sketches? All they need to do is spend a night at her apartment.

“I’m literally working with my best friends,” Silverman said. “All we have to do is just hang out together at my place and we have crazy fun laughing at some of the ideas people come up with. The best feedback I can give to someone about their pitch is to just bust out laughing.”

Growing up Jewish in New Hampshire, Silverman said she felt like she needed to be funny to “put people’s mind at ease” and has no problem poking fun at her Jewish heritage. Silverman’s sister, Laura, plays a fictionalized version of herself, and one sketch features the two competing over whose Holocaust Memorial is better.

Other stars making appearances this season are Billy Crudup, Bill Maher, Samberg and Brad Whitford.

“I’m so excited about my guest stars. If you don’t know them by name, you’ll recognize them when you see them,” Silverman said. “Working with Andy was amazing. He’s cute as a button and super funny. He’s a little Jewish angel.”

Silverman’s comedy might not go over well with everyone, like CBS Evening News anchor Kaite Couric, due to its crude nature. In a recent interview Couric labeled Silverman’s sketches as “demented.” Silverman, however, shrugged it off and took the remark as a compliment.

“I wasn’t offended at all,” Silverman said. “I think comedy is the one area where you can be a little demented.”

If you don’t mind the raw humor of “Family Guy” and “South Park,” then you will have no problem with this sitcom. While some lines may rub people the wrong way, Silverman insists it’s all in good fun.

“I know I’m pushing buttons, but I’m just doing what makes me laugh,” Silverman said. “We really topped ourselves this year, so please — just tune in.”

“The Sarah Silverman Program” is on every Thursday at 10:30 p.m.

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