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Williams asked David if he is frustrated that some people just don't get his comedy, to which he replied, "If everybody gets it, something is wrong. The object of comedy is to offend."
And this episode, like most others, tries its best to offend everybody. Garlin said the doesn't get blowback from Jews, adding "The orthodox are known for their great sense of humor." Essman characterized the series as providing "equal opportunity insults."
"On the subject of personal Jewish observance, Garlin started with "I wear tefilin every day," which got a big round of laughter. But he added, "I'm not religious, but I do Rosh Hashanah, Passover. I really love Purim. I love being a Jew. Let's leave it at that."
Asked to name his greatest comedic influences. David replied that Woody Allen and Mel Brooks influenced him the most, and that Don Rickles is "the funniest guy in the world."
It's one thing to laugh at a funny sitcom in your own living room, but it's quite another when you're watching with 1,500 fans in a theater, laughing so hard that it drowns out some of the punch lines.