Susie Essman discusses political correctness in comedy

The comedian shares stories about her early days in comedy with Joy Behar and Larry David, and discusses the newest season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
5:34 | 01/24/20

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The potato retains heat. Then you have a lovely meal and you're done. I watched the first episode ofhilarious. I want her to come and run my home remodel which is a disaster. I just had my floors done the other day. Thank god I didn't have to do that with the guy. But Larry in this episode, he hates happy new year. I'm like that. Yeah. When is the cutoff point to say happy new year? Larry says three days. Three days. I go along with that. I say ten. But now people say happy new year -- June, it's June, happy new year. Shut up. It's through January, why? Never mind, go ahead. Is that a rule, is that a hard and fast rule, sunny? No. You're nicer than I am. But we knew that. You and joy have been friends for decades. I think everyone knows that. And you came up on the comedy circuit with Larry David well. I'm a huge fan of "Curb your enthusiasm," my whole family is. When you watch the show you think he's a curmudgeon and he's playing Bernie Sanders on "Snl." When you think about the early days coming up with him and joy, what do you think about and what is he like in person? Joy and I used to hang out at the bar at catch a rising star and Larry would ra Gail us with all of his horrible dating stories. They were funny and tragic. And those all became George story lines, George Costanza. Steinfeld. Yeah. One tragedy after another. And then we would all go run in the room when he was on because you never knew what was going to happen when he was on stage. If one person looked at their watch, he was like, that's it, I'm leaving, and he's storm off the stage. And nobody died as well as he did. He died, he died on stage. That's a phrase. He didn't really die. Yeah. What do you mean? He wouldn't get laughs because they didn't get it. They would just stare at him. His material was brilliant but they would just stare at him. But watching him not do well, the comedians all loved it. He would do material on Joseph meng a la, the Nazi. And they're like, who's Joseph meng a la. Or Jonas Salk. I wish the two of you were riffing together on TV at some point. You two should have a show. That's true. Joy says that she doesn't want to do stand-up anymore, that it's changed, that the politics has changed the ability to do comedy. How do you feel about it? I totally agree with her. We've had this discussion many, many times. When we first started and for many Mears, comedy, you would be in these dark, dirty, smokey clubs. Full of drunks. And nobody had phones and Twitter and you could push the you could explore. You could go too far and feel that little feeling up your spine and pull yourself back and create something that was edgy. You can't do that anymore. No. You just can't. It's all politically correct. It's boring now. It's boring. I don't like it. If you say something somebody doesn't like -- although curb is extremely politically incorrect and Larry could care less. And Bill Maher. Those people are out of the loop. "Curb your enthusiasm" is in its tenth season which is remarkable and the episode dives in with these hilarious jokes but they're kind of cringe worthy because they talk about the Harvey Weinstein stuff and there's a Maga hat story line. Yeah, yeah. Do you ever worry about pushing it too far? Well, it's not my -- it would be Larry who would -- I just do whatever he tells me to. Right. There's no such thing on -- Larry does not -- I don't think he worries about it at all. I don't think -- he's an equal opportunity offender. He offends everybody. I think he enjoys that. I think he lives to offend and I think if he feels as though somebody is alienated by his political stance or whatever, alienate away. Comedy has always been that. I think if you're not offending somebody, you're not being funny in some way. What are we, jugglers? Can I ask a question, you saw the clip of the comedian here in New York who heckled and threw Harvey Weinstein out of her club. Yeah, yeah. Do you think that was appropriate? What do you think? I don't remember it in detail. That's it, he threw him out. Fine. That's her choice to be on stage -- And what's he doing there in a comedy club. Get the hell out. He looked a lot better in that comedy club than he does in this acting job that he's doing. She just said go wear a bath robe somewhere. Although, when we used to work at catch a rising star, Rodney Dangerfield used to come in in his bath robe. Constantly with the bath robe. Bath robe and pajamas. Then he wondered why he got no respect. The thing about Susie, I have to say one thing, people think she's Susie Greene in real life. She's not. People are constantly, Susie is so sweet. That's what they say about you. I'm not that sweet. It's just compared to the character. It's a juxtaposition. Don't they ask you on the street to call their husbands names? All the time. She shove phones in my face. I'm buying produce at fairway which is going bankrupt apparently and I'm not happy about that. It's my husband, call him a fat you-know-what. I get paid to do that. I don't come to your job and say, here, do your taxes, if

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