After beginning her stand-up comedy in 1992, Silverman was part of the 1993–94 season of Saturday Night Live (SNL) for 18 weeks as a writer and featured player.She was fired after one season where only one of the sketches she wrote survived to dress rehearsal and none aired, although she did appear on the show as a cast member in skits, usually in smaller supporting roles.
and portrays the day-to-day adventures of fictionalized versions of Silverman, her sister Laura, and their friends. During her opening act, she commented on the upcoming jail sentence of Paris Hilton, who was in the audience, saying: "In a couple of days, Paris Hilton is going to jail.
As a matter of fact, I heard that to make her feel more comfortable in prison, the guards are going to paint the bars to look like penises. I just worry she is going to break her teeth on those things." In September 2007, she appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards.
to show Jimmy Kimmel, her boyfriend at the time, a special video.
The video turned out to be a song called "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" in which she and Matt Damon sang a duet about having an affair behind Kimmel's back.
She parodied the situation when she appeared on The Larry Sanders Show episode "The New Writer" (1996), playing Sanders' new staff writer, whose jokes are not used because of the chauvinism and bias of the male chief comedy writer, who favors the jokes of his male co-writers.
She appeared in three episodes of Larry Sanders during its final two seasons.
She made her network standup comedy debut on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 3, 1997.
Silverman made several TV program guest appearances, including on Star Trek: Voyager in the two-part time travel episode "Future's End" (1996); Seinfeld in the episode "The Money" (1997); VIP in the episode "48 Hours" (2002); Greg the Bunny as a series regular (2002); and on the puppet television comedy Crank Yankers as the voice of Hadassah Guberman (2003, 2007).
She had small parts in the films There's Something About Mary, Say It Isn't So, School of Rock, The Way of the Gun, Overnight Delivery, Screwed, Heartbreakers, Evolution, School for Scoundrels, and Rent, playing a mixture of comic and serious roles.
In 2005, Silverman released a concert film, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, based on her one-woman show of the same name.
She also starred in the HBO sketch comedy series Mr.