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Sarah Silverman gets an awkward date with Emmy just after breaking up with Jimmy

July 17, 2008 | 11:47 am

Though Sarah Silverman may have been snubbed in the race for best comedy actress for her role in "The Sarah Silverman Program," she did pick up her first three Emmy nods today. While the first — for her guest spot on the comedy series "Monk" — and second - for a web version of her show - are reason to celebrate, the third must be bittersweet. It is for co-writing that sassy satirical song, "I'm ... Matt Damon," for her suddenly ex-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel, host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Sarah Silverman's competition ranges from two folk tunes from "Flight of the Conchords" to another satirical ditty "Sad Fitty Cent' ("MadTV") to the kid-friendly "I Ain't Got No Rhythm" ("Disney Phineas and Ferb"). Last year, the equally ribald "... in a Box" ("SNL") won Justin Timberlake his first Emmy. How far the TV tune has traveled since the now oh so innocent theme to "Love, American Style" won the first such Emmy in 1970.

By the way, Silverman should be proud of herself for making it into the final six contenders for best guest actress in a comedy series. Among those she edged out were two-time guest drama series actress winner Shirley Knight, already a 2006 nominee in this category for her work on "Desperate Housewives," Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, whose guest spot on "The Office" was so well-received she will return for at least five more episodes next season, and TV comedy vet Annie Potts for her showy role as a psychic on "Ugly Betty."