At that point my re-enactment of the opening credits of Louie stuttered to a halt thanks to the block-long queue to get in. There are messages from Sarah Silverman - "Dear Comedy Cellar: I'm pregnant. Please take it down when I die."There is also the faintest whiff of tourist trap about the strict queues, two-drink minimum rule (imagine a British comedy club actively encouraging patrons to drinker faster, and more) and surly staff.When one woman is spotted fiddling with her phone she is subjected to a joke-free, three-minute diatribe from compere William Stephenson. notoriously played to empty rooms night after night in the 90s.In 2015, she starred in the drama I Smile Back, for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. 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.
Silverman was a writer and occasional performer on Saturday Night Live, and starred in and produced The Sarah Silverman Program, which ran from 2007 to 2010 on Comedy Central, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.Bob Odenkirk, a former SNL writer, explained, "I could see how it wouldn't work at SNL because she's got her own voice, she's very much Sarah Silverman all the time.She can play a character but she doesn't disappear into the character—she makes the character her." She said that when she was fired it hurt her confidence for a year, but after that nothing could hurt her and that she attributes her time to SNL as being a key reason why she has been so tough in her career.No matter, it's a joyful dive to spend an hour or so in. K or Seinfeld might bounce down the steps for a tight 10 minutes, which is why the queues up on Mac Dougal Street, quite rightly, never seem to go away.I found another nice venue three minutes' walk across the Village, at the Cornelia Street Café.