Two of comedy’s brightest stars (and longtime friends), Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K., soar onto Billboard’s Comedy Albums chart. The former’s We Are Miracles starts at No. 2 – marking her first top 10 on a Billboard ranking – while the latter’s Oh My God bows at No. 4, becoming his third top 10 on the tally; his Chewed Up reached No. 5 in 2009 and Hilarious reigned for three weeks in 2011.
Silverman and Louis C.K.’s new sets are audio companions to each comic’s stand-up special of the same name. Each won a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding writing for a variety special (this year and last, respectively).
On We Are Miracles, Silverman shows off her trademark mischievous satire previously evidenced on The Sarah Silverman Program, which aired on Comedy Central in 2007-10, and in Jesus Is Magic, her special whose audio version reached No. 12 on Comedy Albums in 2006.
“People say, ‘Don’t get your dog from a breeder – get your dog from a shelter!” she muses on the new set. “It’s always coming from a woman who’s, like, nursing a baby with four other kids.
“I just wanna say, like … get your people from a shelter. You know there are human puppies in shelters, right?”
(Silverman’s chart honor adds to her high-profile week: she hosts NBC’s Saturday Night Live tomorrow [Oct. 4]; Maroon 5 will serve as musical guest.)
Louis C.K., who’s featured Silverman on his FX series Louie (in one of the show’s most witty recurring bits, in which several comedian friends weave insightful observations under essentially the guise of playing poker), similarly contemplates hypocrisies, among other curiosities, on Oh My God.
“I’d like to make one of those ‘It Gets Better’ ads, for just dumpy young guys. We could use a little encouragement,” he reasons. “Just someone on TV [saying], ‘Listen, man, I know it’s tough right now. You feel invisible to the girls in school … because you are …
“But, it gets better! Because, you all grow up. And, you look pretty much like this your whole life … and they don’t. Their options start running out really fast. And you’re gonna be there. As long as you stay relatively employed … and washed … you’re gonna be amazing in your 40s.You’re gonna be the branch that she can grab before she hits the ground.
“It’s gonna be so great.”