Wednesday Apr 12, 2023

Susie Essman: Yahrzeit for Gilbert Gottfried

Actress and comic Susie Essman from HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm joins Scott to discuss praying to the humor gods, the connections between comedy and Judaism, why Larry David the creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm and co-creator of Seinfeld is a sort of Rabbi, plus remembrances of their mutual friend, the late comic genius Gilbert Gottfried

In honor of Gilbert Gottfried, this episode is being released near the first anniversary of his passing. In the Jewish tradition, the first anniversary of a death is called Yahrzeit. Sacred readings, candle lighting, charitable giving, and fasting are done in memoriam. 

In My Homily Opinion (IMHO): Scott replies to listener Kathleen Valley Stein's email on the Rubicon moment her family faced, and the subsequent book she wrote Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing Why My Family Chose Hospice

Guest: Susie Essman has played the sassy Susie Greene for all eleven seasons of the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults have become her character’s trademark. 

The Los Angeles Times calls Susie, “The most lyrical purveyor of profanity on television.  She makes the entire cast of  “The Sopranos” look like rank amateurs.  It really is a gift.”  

Susie’s streetwise vernacular is perfectly suited for her life in Manhattan where she has been a veteran of the world of stand up comedy for thirty-nine years.  She has appeared in her own half-hour HBO comedy special, made numerous appearances on Broad City, The View, Hacks and The Tonight Show, to name just a few of her many television credits.  She has also acted in numerous films. 

Ye Gods is produced by Efficiency Studios in association with Dossie Media. Special thanks to Associate Producer Robyn Rose Valentine. Hosting services and other fun stuff provided by Podbean. Music licensed by Epidemic Sound.

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