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Susie Essman enthusiastic for stand-up

Susie Essman (2006)

Susie Essman (2006) Credit: Getty Images

In her role as Susie Greene on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," comedian Susie Essman has become known as one of the great put-down artists in television history.

Her vulgar insults of Larry David and her TV husband, played by Jeff Garlin, are both shocking and hilarious, and are often the highlights of an episode.

But Essman is more than just Susie Greene. She's also an accomplished actress, author and stand-up comedian.

amNewYork spoke with her as she prepared for a run at Carolines comedy club.

How is your stand-up different from what people see from you on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"? On the show, I play a character. My stand-up persona is me. I talk about my life, my kids, my marriage. It's very spontaneous. I never know what's going to come out of my mouth.

Do a lot of people mistake Susie Essman for Susie Greene? Yes, always. It's called acting, and they think I'm the character, which I take a compliment but is also annoying. I'm typecast a little bit. I try to do things to spread my wings.

I've heard that fans often ask you to curse at them, Susie Greene style. Do you do it? It depends on how they ask and where I am and what I'm doing. Sometimes it's really inappropriate. I've had people do that to me at a wake and at a shiva call.

How does your family react to you talking about them on stage? My husband loves when I talk about him. My kids aren't allowed to come. Really, it's my mother I don't want coming. But it's hard keep things private, because someone will talk about it or tweet something. My mother says, "I know you're not talking about me. It's just a made-up mother."

What's happening with the next season of "Curb"? Right now, we're just on hold. It's up to Larry. He's working on a feature, and after that he'll decide if he wants to do another season.


If you go: Susie Essman is performing stand-up at Carolines Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., 1626 Broadway, 212-757-4100, $38.25. 

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