Before we get started with all the shit jokes, vaginas, and censor-baiting that dresses up as The Sarah Silverman Program, every week, a theory, postulated here for the first time anywhere:
Stephen Root is good in everything, and he makes stuff that's already good better.
Okay, no one could save something like Over Her Dead Body, but I would argue Stephen Root never met a part he didn't elevate. Sure, that includes his turn as "DEA Agent (Toilet)" in Crocodile Dundee II. The man is a badass, yet he's dismissed as a "character actor" while people like Denzel Washington and Jack Nicholson–who essentially play the same dude in every film, i.e., variations of themselves–rack up Oscars. Bullshit, I say. (As you may imagine, I was psyched to talk to Root last year.)
All this Stephen Root fellating comes after his cameo in Thursday's SSP, where he played Johnny Forreals, inventor of the word boo-yah–Sarah's favorite word ever. Inspired by his approachability, Sarah decides her calling is to make up her own word–"Eat my fleecies! Jay, you're a douche-wibbler!"–thus setting in motion a chain of events that ends with an assassination attempt on Brian at a ceremony marking the induction of his word into the Oxford English Dictionary. If you watch the program, you know that all makes sense.
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