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Here's What Sarah Silverman Has to Say About Feminism and Comedy's Boys' Club

Sarah Silverman is one of the most original voices in comedy of our generation. 

Her sarcasm and remarkably fresh candor on issues like women's rights and politics was way ahead of the curve, earned her much-deserved attention throughout the years.

Silverman continues to make gutsy strides in her career, most recently as the star of the newly-released indie film, "I Smile Back." Silverman spoke with Time Out Magazine about her new role, career highlights and important lessons learned along the way. 

Check out the highlights of the conversations below where the comedian talks feminism, her male comrades of late-night television and more.

On having a big personality
"A director once told me, 'Well, nobody's gonna ever got lost in you, because you're a personality.' It made me so sad, but I completely understood, because I'm a fan of television and movies as well."

On being viewed as a 'serious' actor
"I don't want to make how I feel about myself defined by outside forces, because it’s a very dangerous thing. I want to let myself feel this and let it feel nice."

On whether she'd ever join the boys' club as a late-night host
"I don’t know. I will say that women pretty much run comedy. They don't run late night. I love talk show. I love doing talk shows. I love the hosts that are there right now."

On the lack of women in late-night
"No I don't want to say it's much ado about nothing, and I'm a big fighter of women’s causes, obviously. But I do think that you have to pick your battles, and I think that there are several women who’ve been asked and even begged to do late-night shows and have chosen not to."

On what it means to be a feminist
"What feminist means to people is so varied. I can't imagine it’s the same definition for people who are offended by it as people who are feminists."

On feminism today
"I think there's a lot of really cool stuff. I mean, Lena Dunham existing. Everything she does. This Lenny Letter she started. Her unity in Girls alone."

On the power of comedy
"I think if you can make it funny, humor can change people’s minds more than anger. Anger doesn't do anything."

Read the full interview here.

Listen to Sarah Silverman in the video above take issue with the treatment of women as they age. Watch her full MAKERS profile here.

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