Andy Warhol’s Interview Interview: Sarah Silverman


For someone who has been doing what she does for as long as she has done it, Sarah Silverman, by all rights, should no longer be considered an acquired taste. But it’s a testament to the fact that Silverman has been doing what she does for as long as she has—and it is something that no one else does or does as well, even if they try—that she remains one of the most objectively, empirically, singularly funny people on the planet. Next month, Silverman will headline her first HBO special, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, which was filmed in May at Largo in L.A. But first, she took a few moments to answer some questions that Interview‘s always-probing founder, Andy Warhol, asked people when he conducted interviews for the magazine back in the 1970s and the 1980s.

ANDY WARHOL: Do you dream?

SARAH SILVERMAN: I do. I have very vivid dreams—almost always action-adventure. I’m often on the run. I’ve always had dreams. When I was little, I’d go to sleep with my head on my hands, which were in fists like I was looking through a camera. I felt like sleep was the movies—just drifting off to the movies.

WARHOL: Do you keep a diary?

SILVERMAN: My comedy notebooks are filled with random journal entries. It’s all the same. I can look back on old joke notebooks and know exactly what was going on in my life.

WARHOL: How come you didn’t become an inventor?

SILVERMAN: I don’t know where you go to get prototypes made. That’s the only reason.

WARHOL: Would you ever marry one of your fans?

SILVERMAN: I’m not the marrying type, but I always want to be with someone who is a fan.

WARHOL: Do you think it’s okay that boyfriends can kiss and tell?

SILVERMAN: Yes. You’re supposed to have friends you can tell anything to. I want him to have those friends.

WARHOL: Who would be your dream date?

SILVERMAN: Lloyd Dobler.

WARHOL: Do you want to be respected for your beauty?

SILVERMAN: No one respects beauty.

WARHOL: What’s your favorite color?

SILVERMAN: Bright grassy green. Sometimes.

WARHOL: What are you reading right now?

SILVERMAN: Old Warhol interview questions.

WARHOL: Don’t you want to be a famous painter? It’s really easy.

SILVERMAN: Oh, Andy. You’re so pithy.

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