Sarah Sherman is the most recent addition to ‘SNL’s’ new lineup. Here’s where you can learn more about her.
Fans were introduced to a new batch of comics ready to hit the stage as the cast of Saturday Night Live was shaken up ahead of its 47th season, including Sarah Sherman.
Along with Aristotle Athari and James Austin Johnson, the entertaining comic who earned a reputation for herself in Chicago for her outrageous live acts joins the ensemble. Learn more about Sarah, or “Sarah Squirm,” and her road to SNL fame!
Sarah Studied Theater At Northwestern University
Sarah grew up on Long Island, New York, but she moved to Evanston, Illinois, to pursue a degree in drama at Northwestern University, where she graduated in 2015. Sarah moved to Chicago after graduation to try her hand at comedy, playing at various places and mixing with the locals.
She’s A Chicago-Trained Comic
Chicago is noted for producing comedic talent such as John Belushi, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and many others who have been on Saturday Night Live. Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong, Sarah’s co-stars, were both born and raised in Chicago, with Aidy graduating from Columbia College Chicago and Cecily growing up in the city before returning to train at the legendary Second City. Sarah took advantage of the city’s resources, presenting standup gigs at venues such as The Hideout, a venue known for its alternative programming, which was the ideal setting for her provocative material.
“Chicago is a fantastic city with fantastic stand-up shows, but the majority of them are the same. Sarah once told Rebellious magazine, “I think it’s beneficial for people to go to something that challenges them and what they appreciate while also introducing them to something else.” Sarah moved to Los Angeles in 2019 after years in the Chicago comedy scene.
She’s Known For Surreal & Body Horror Comedy
Although many find her funny, Sarah isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. “I’m very gross,” the New York native told Rebellious. The comic often supplies content that features video gore, bodily fluids comedy, and other, well, gross stuff. “I was doing stand-up at traditional shows, and then I started doing comedy at a lot of DIY basement noise music shows. There was nothing that married the two. I was yearning for a freaky comedy space,” she continued. “There are freaks everywhere.”
She’s Hosted A Slew Of Hilariously Wild Shows
Sarah is well-known in Chicago (and on tour!) for her witty and nasty comedy that is often out of the box — and her admirers keep coming back. Sarah is a member of “Helltrap Nightmare,” a “traveling freak show” that identifies itself as such. Sarah also told Rebellious that the project would be a variety program with “comedy, noise music, performance art, and freaky behavior,” and that she liked the notion of a “Pee-Playhouse wee’s horror feel.”
Vice called the bizarre show “grotesque” and said her “live-action animation slideshows” are “hideous concoctions” that feature a variety of strange and wild features. That’s exactly how Sarah prefers it. She told the outlet, “I appreciate the magic of being transported to a new realm.” “You’re spending $7, and I’m not sure what dreadful service industry job you have that doesn’t pay you enough, so if you’re paying to see a play, you should attend a concert.”
She’s Created & Is Featured In Unique Digital Content
Sarah has a slew of internet content that is extremely distinctive, in addition to a slew of live gigs with comedy troupes and her own stand-up stuff. The comic devised “The Sarah Vaccine,” which was released in 2021 and was described as a “technicolor COVID nightmare” with the “gross” humour she’s known for, for Means TV. Sarah also made her Adult Swim debut in a special advertisement for the network called “Flyaway.” “If you don’t enjoy scary and filthy stuff […] you’re going to have a hard time getting through this video,” Vulture said of the short.
We’re excited to see what Sarah brings to the SNL cast!