Sarah Silverman‘s standup comedy paired with music performances from Sia and No Doubt was a recipe for success at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “An Evening With Women” fundraiser held at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday.
“It’s always a blast” Silverman said about the event. “It’s nice to be in a room of like-minded people. That sounds very elitist, but it’s really very inclusive. It’s a great crowd, and it’s a room filled with people I admire.”
Silverman’s routine included material about getting rape tested and vagina humor. The comedian prefaced one bit with the disclaimer, “You seem like a godless crowd” before launching into a highly irreverent religious hypothetical that, as she anticipated, got a hugely positive reaction from the crowd.
Following Silverman’s standup, Sia took the stage for one of two musical performances. The enigmatic musician performed wearing her signature face-obscuring wig, which she removed following her three-song set to thank the audience. Her performance was accompanied by a dancer in a nude leotard wearing a blonde headpiece, although it was not her usual partner, Maddie Ziegler. While Sia stood sedentary through “Elastic Heart,” “Big Girls Cry” and an acoustic piano version of “Chandelier,” the dancer flailed around the stage complete with exaggerated facial expressions.
No Doubt closed out the performances with an acoustic set that brought the audience out of their seats into a crowd that formed around the front of the stage. Gwen Stefani performed with a genuine sense of appreciation and surprise for how invested the crowd was in her music. The band closed the set with “Just a Girl” which included a call and response section with the audience. Stefani remarked that, although she is a very different person than she was when she wrote the song, it still somehow works.
Comedian Fortune Feimster pointed out that the night was important because it was all about powerful women before joking, “I’m just impressed to see any lesbian leave their house.” Feimster joined a long list of celebrity attendees including Victoria Justice, Alex Newell, Constance Zimmer, Ruby Rose and Pauley Perrette who hosted the event.
“I’m so proud of our LGBT center in Hollywood,” Perrette said. “It’s so important to these kids across America who don’t have access to this whatsoever. They can’t even tell anyone in their own town. And here we are with these safe, beautiful places for kids to go. It’s fantastic.”