Sarah Silverman Puts a New Spin on 'Stupid Pet Tricks'

Sarah Silverman is bringing a fresh approach to David Letterman's 'Stupid Pet Tricks' segment with her new show.


A Behind the Scenes Look

Unlike the original segment, the 'stupid pet tricks' on Sarah Silverman's show happen behind the scenes. Silverman wanted to create a show that was reminiscent of 'The Muppet Show,' where viewers get a glimpse of what goes on off-camera. Each episode features a storyline, such as a writers' room with just one human or a rival host with his own animal program, played by Jack McBrayer. The show also boasts of guest appearances from the likes of Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Reggie Watts, Judd Apatow, and even David Letterman.

Silverman explains that the show has layers to it, catering to both kids and parents. It has elements that children will love and understand, while also incorporating humor that parents will appreciate. This is similar to popular shows like 'The Muppet Show,' 'Sesame Street,' and 'The Simpsons,' which have content that appeals to different age groups.

Animal Welfare

Silverman ensures viewers concerned with animal treatment that all the non-human performers on the show were well taken care of. Guardians and minders were present on set at all times to ensure the animals' well-being. Precautions were taken to avoid any harm or stress to the animals, including giving them proper rest and only touching them in ways they were comfortable with. Silverman emphasizes the importance of respecting and understanding animals' boundaries, drawing parallels to people who also have personal preferences about being touched.

The show's production team took animal welfare seriously, and the safety and protection of the animals were top priorities. Silverman's love for animals shines through in her commitment to creating a safe and enjoyable environment for the furry performers on the show.

Premiere and Concept

Warner Bros. Discovery has come up with an interesting strategy to launch the show. 'Stupid Pet Tricks' will debut right after the annual 'Puppy Bowl,' a beloved Super Bowl alternative, on multiple networks. The show will then continue airing regularly on TBS on Mondays. Silverman acknowledges the vaudevillian charm of seeing animals perform interesting stunts and keeps the show's concept 'low fi' to maintain its appeal. She expresses her pleasure in producing a show that transcends politics and is universally enjoyable.

Silverman's aim was to create something that everyone can agree on, and 'Stupid Pet Tricks' achieves that by providing light-hearted entertainment centered around pets. The show is a departure from the usual divisive content and offers a refreshing break from politics and controversy.