Sarah Silverman Didn’t Thank God at Emmys, but Offered These Words of Wisdom Instead

Comedian Sarah Silverman just won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special for her stand-up special “We Are Miracles.”


The award was given to her by Ricky Gervais, a fellow atheist, and during her acceptance speech, she didn’t bother thanking God, but offered some scientific honesty instead:

“We’re all just made of molecules, and we’re hurtling through space right now.”

Love it.

It’s almost as good as when Gervais, the host of the 2011 Golden Globes, ended the broadcast by saying:

“… And thank you to god for making me an atheist.”

But neither of those is as memorable as when Kathy Griffin won a 2007 Creative Arts Emmy for her show “My Life on the D-List” and gave this speech:

Can you believe this shit? I guess hell froze over… A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. So, all I can say is, “Suck it, Jesus.” This award is my God now.

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