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3 Surprising Facts About Sarah Silverman

I was reading an article on Sarah Silverman this week in Bust Magazine (which is a terrific magazine by the way). Comedians spend so much time trying to be "on" that I have a real soft spot for when they're being genuine. In any case, I think Silverman is a genius, and though I'd read up on her before, here are a couple of things I was struck by.

1) She's been fired by Fax Machine

I'm always stunned by people who come into their own at such a young age. At 17, Silverman was already working night clubs in New Hampshire, and at just 21, she was hired as a cast member on SNL. While it isn't unprecedented for the show (Anthony Michael Hall was 17, Eddie Murphy was 19), I'd forgotten just how young she was when she was already offending the public. Weirder still is the way in which she was let go. Lorne Michaels is notorious for making poor decisions in how he's let people go. Apparently, in Sarah Silverman's case, she learned of her termination via fax.

2) There are things she won't Joke About

While rape and abortion are topics Silverman is happy to take on, she draws the line at making fat jokes about women. From the profile: "Fat men in our society still deserve love, and fat women don't. So what's the appeal of making fun of that?" Further, while she's surprisingly frank about her bed-wetting problems and bouts with depression, her relationships (particularly her recent break-up) is off-limits.

3) She thinks Kathy Griffin is funny

I've heard Silverman bristle in interviews at people who undercut other comedians (Dane Cook, for instance), but I was pleasantly surprised by her take on the Vanity Fair piece on the "Queens of Comedy." Disappointed by the article's stress on female comedians' looks over the quality of their material (she was described as "sexy" and "coquettish" apparently), Silverman was even more flustered by the women who weren't covered. While Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were rightly profiled, she was upset by the omission of Kathy Griffin. In her own words, "When Kathy Griffin wasn't there, I was horrified... I think because she's a loudmouth, people don't respect her for how brilliant she is."

Story via the always enlightening Bust.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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