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Sarah Silverman video Q&A to come to Buskirk-Chumley Theater



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Sarah Silverman arrives at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Silverman is the star of the Hulu show, "I love you, America." Tribune News Service Buy Photos

An event brought to Bloomington by Hulu at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater this Thursday will give audiences a look at a new episode of the series “I Love You, America” with Sarah Silverman. 

The event will be followed by a chance to talk to Silverman herself in a Facebook Live Q&A after the screening.

The event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., is free to the public, but those wishing to attend are required to RSVP. There will be free popcorn and giveaways at the event, but fans unable to make it out to the Buskirk-Chumley can tune in to watch the Q&A via the “I Love You, America” Facebook page.

Buskirk-Chumley Associate Director Rebecca Stanze said she’s excited to be able to give the Bloomington community access to an opportunity like this.

“The Buskirk-Chumley Theater hosts an amazing variety of events over the course of the year and we're happy to add to our diversity of programming with this screening and Q&A,” Stanze said in an email. “It's exciting to help our patrons have a chance to interact with Sarah Silverman.”

“I Love You, America” is a Hulu original late-night talk show by comedian Sarah Silverman. The show follows Silverman as she puts the spotlight on people all over the country, highlighting political, racial and religious diversity. 

“From inciting treason to telling poop jokes, Sarah Silverman has created her fair share of online chatter,” reads the show’s synopsis on Hulu. “With ‘I Love You, America,' she’s looking to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others and not taking herself too seriously.”

In a divided country, the show aims to unite people with a laugh, a press release for the event said.

In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Silverman likened it to “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” “for adults.”

“We really need those lessons again, and I'm not saying I'm the one to bring them, but I do think that until we see ourselves in each other, real change isn't going to happen on a social level,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.

The show’s debut season featured interviews with a variety of subjects whose political orientations fell all across the spectrum. Among them were a former neo-Nazi and a Jesuit priest.

Though inviting radicals to her platform might read as controversial to some, Silverman feels there’s nothing wrong with bringing on a wealth of differing ideals. In her mind, it’s our shared humanity that matters.

“I think on the show, we’re not afraid to speak truth to power,” Silverman told the Hollywood Reporter. “I do feel a kinship even if our ideologies are very different.” 

The show was nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony Sept. 17. 

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