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Q&A With Sarah Silverman

The comic talks about her health, her career, and her role in "Wreck-It Ralph."

What's your personal health philosophy?

Moderation! Have a little cookie. But make it a treat. Don't devour cookies or any one food that's crappy for you like it's your job. Make it a treat.

What's the last exercise you did?

I've been hanging out with these two young comedians, I call them my kids. One is a certified yoga instructor and we'll hang out in my living room and pull out yoga mats, and play "meditation" music that I downloaded from iTunes, and she'll lead us in yoga. Or I'll go on my elliptical and watch all my favorite shows, the ones I'm only allowed to watch when I'm on the elliptical: Damages, Project Runway, Mad Men, The Walking Dead. Game of Thrones is the best for the elliptical. The theme is like my workout music!

Who has influenced you most when it comes to your health?

My three parents, I guess. My mom is really flexible. She's like a rubber band. And my dad rides his bike every day and plays tennis, so I just grew up playing sports. My stepmother plays tennis and golf and wins everything. She took me to a kickboxing class once and I figured it would be an easy class for older people. Ten minutes in, I was gasping for breath, like "F this!" and she's just going, "Doo-dee-doo. ... " She's so strong, it's crazy. So I see the difference between people who stay in shape and those who don't, and I know I feel better when I feel like I'm strong.

What would be your perfect day?

I used to have a perfect day when I was living in New York in the summer and doing standup on the weekends. This was my Monday: I'd sleep late and then go play softball at 2 p.m. with the Improv softball team in Central Park. We'd laugh and have fun, and then after the game I'd stay and do field practice, taking millions of balls and just hitting them to anywhere in the field. Then I'd walk from the west to the east side of Central Park and always go home by way of the polar bears at the Central Park Zoo. I loved watching them swim underwater like giant, hairy men. They're so cute! Then I'd hop on the 6 Train back home downtown to the East Village, shower up, and play poker with some friends sometimes until morning, and then go out for breakfast. Oh, the comic's life!

Now, I play basketball with a bunch of friends on Sunday and we've all grown old together. We've been playing for the past 15 years, and now we have our knee braces and we have to do our special exercises because basketball will really mess you up. So we break to go out for pizza sooner. I love doing group sports with my friends and laughing.

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Reviewed on September 14, 2012

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