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'Sarah Silverman's' wacky third-season launch

Sarah Silverman and Demetri Martin

Sarah Silverman and Demetri Martin Credit: Comedy Central

THE SHOW "The Sarah Silverman Program"

WHEN | WHERE Thursday night at 10:30 on Comedy Central

REASON TO WATCH The third-season launch of the offbeat sitcom.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT Laura tells sis Sarah she was born with two genitalia, one of which was removed at birth.

Sarah also has had a serious problem with facial hair. Normally, she waxes off the excess, but her sister has shut off her allowance, so she's had to let her facial hair grow. When she finds out she could have gone either way - man or woman - she figures (what the heck) she'll just turn into a guy and sport a luxuriant handlebar 'stache.

Meanwhile, Sarah's gay, arrested-development neighbors, Steve (Steve Agee) and Brian (Brian Posehn), have a bigger problem. The person they accidentally killed with their TV remote has come back from the dead as a particularly large and violent zombie. He wants something from them. Could macho Sarah help?

MY SAY First, allow this small and probably frivolous observation but . . . Sarah Silverman actually looks pretty good in a mustache. With that flawless olive skin, those high cheekbones and deep-set eyes, she almost looks like a feminine version of Tom Selleck. Who knew?

It's absurd, but not any more (or less) so than some of the other stuff on this show, like guys who are haunted by a slobbering mutant with a TV remote embedded in its solar plexus.

BOTTOM LINE Silverman's world is a delirious and addled inversion of Larry David's, but their protagonists have one thing in common- a near-contempt for the audience. Either you get this or you don't, but they're not getting on their knees to beg for your approval. Fortunately, they don't have to.


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