The Sarah Silverman Program
American actress Laura Silverman, the older sister of comedian/actress/writer Sarah Silverman, is best known for playing a fictionalized version of herself in the surprise Comedy Central hit show “The Sarah Silverman Program” (2007-2008), which was co-created and co-executive produced by and stars her sister. Laura had previously worked with Sarah in the movies “Who's the Caboose?” (1997) and “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic” (2005). When asked who the tougher sister is, Laura stated, “Sarah's a tough cookie. I admire the way she stands up for herself on a regular basis. She has a lot of confidence and it's a great quality. But I think I could take her in a fight.”
On her own, Laura is perhaps best recalled for her voice role of Laura, the zany receptionist, on Comedy Central's “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” (1995-1999), and for playing Jan in the cult classic “Half Baked” (1997). She also acted in David Mamet's “State and Main” (2000) and the Comedy Central television movie “Windy City Heat” (2003). She had a regular role on “The Comeback” (2005) and recurring or guest roles in such TV shows as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Home Movies,” “The King of Queens,” “Metalocalypse” and “House M.D.”
The older Silverman sister will play roles in the upcoming comedies “Jesus People: The Movie” (2009) and “Cummings Farm (2009).
Laura is single. Commenting about it, she said, “I'm kind of enjoying being on my own right now, so if I end up with someone he'd have to be really right for me. I don't find myself wishing I had a boyfriend, but it would be nice to stumble upon real love again.” Laura Silverman
Childhood and Family:
Laura Jane Silverman was born on June 10, 1966, in Bedford, New Hampshire, to a very liberal family. She was a tomboy as a child and graduated from Tufts University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She studied acting for many years with famed couch Tony Greco.
Laura has three sisters, comedian/actress Sarah Silverman (born on December 1, 1970), feminist rabbi Susan Silverman and screenwriter Jody Silverman. Her sisters call her the Buddha because they turn to her for help and advice. Currently living in Los Angeles, Laura enjoys art and sewing. She cites “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “America's Next Top Model,” “30 Rock” and “The Comeback” as some of her favorite television shows and “Tuff Turf,” “Simon,” “Coal Miner's Daughter” and “Trash” as her favorite movies. Her favorite authors include Stephen Fry, John Cheever, Jean Rhys, Banana Yoshimoto, and John Fante.
Laura is of Russian and Polish heritage.
Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist
29 year old Laura Silverman rose to fame with her voice role of Laura, the humorous receptionist, on the Comedy Central popular animated comedy series “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” (1995-1999). After her auspicious TV debut, she broke into the cinematic industry with a featured role in the small independent film “Who's the Caboose?” (1997), which starred her younger sister, Sarah. Her breakout film role arrived the next year when she was hired to portray Jan in the cult favorite “Half Baked” (1997), which was directed by Tamra Davis and co-written by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan. Chappelle also starred in the film with Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz.
Laura returned to film after “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” left the airwaves with a performance as a secretary in David Mamet's “State and Main,” starring Alec Baldwin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charles Durning, Sarah Jessica Parker, William H. Macy, David Payme, Rebecca Pidgeon and Julia Stiles. Shown at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, 2000, the comedy was released in the U.S. in January 2001.
The Bedford, New Hampshire, native actress next played Mel in the pilot episode of the short lived comedy series “Bette” (2000), starring Bette Midler, and provided the voice of Amy in an episode of “Family Guy” called “Death Lives” (2002). She then had guest spots in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2002) and “Angel” (2003) before resuming her voice-over career with the recurring role of Linda in several episodes of “Home Movies” (2002-2003). She first appeared in the Loren Bouchard-created animated show in the May 1999 episode “Yoko,” during which time she voiced Loni, and later returned to the show in the February 2004 episode “Psycho-Delicate,” in which she voiced Freda.
Laura offered a memorable performance as Frances Farmer on the Comedy Central original film, “Windy City Heat” (2003), which won the Festival Prize at the 2004 Montréal Comedy Festival ‘Just for Laughs.' Two years later, she was reunited with Sarah in her sister's stand-up comedy film, “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic” (2005). Directed by Liam Lynch, the film was shown at various film festivals, including the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Aspen, the Toronto Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, and the AFI Film Festival. Still in 2005, Laura joined Lisa Kudrow to star in the HBO comedy series “The Comeback,” which was also created, written and executive produced by Kudrow. The sitcom, however, only lasted for 13 episodes. She also starred as Sarah in M.J. Loheed's comedy “Freeze Out,” opposite Tom Sharpe, contributed her vocals for “Comedy Central's 'Last Laugh '05'” and began her three episodic role of Dawn in the successful, but now-defunct, comedy series “The King of Queens,” which starred Kevin James, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller.
Next up for Laura, she played Laura Silvers in the TV film “The Room” (2006), opposite Gareth Reynolds, Tim Bagley, and Phoenix Gonzales, and voiced characters on the pilot episode of the cartoon series “Freak Show” (2006). Her voice could also be heard in two episodes of the animated comedy series “Metalocalypse” called “Girlfriendklok” and “Dethstars” (both 2006).
In 2007, Laura was reunited with her younger sister on the Comedy Central series “The Sarah Silverman Program,” which Sarah also co-created with Dan Harmon and Rob Schra. The hit show starred Sarah as a fictionalized version of herself with Laura playing her trustworthy little sister. The show has been picked up for a third season, which is expected to begin airing in early 2010.
2008 saw Laura make a guest appearance in an episode of “House M.D.” called “Don't Ever Change.” Recently, she completed filming “Jesus People: The Movie” (2009), a comedy directed by Jason Naumann and penned by Dan Ewald and Rajeev Sigamoney. In the movie, she will play Tami Wiles. Costars in the film include Jennifer Elise Cox, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mindy Sterling and Tim Bagley. Laura is also set to portray Tina in the upcoming comedy feature “Cummings Farm,” for director Andrew Drazek and screenwriter Ted Beck. The film is scheduled to be released on July 1, 2009.