WATCH: Larry David falls flat on SNL with Holocaust, sexual harassment jokes
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedian Larry David drew a less than enthusiastic response with his opening monologue as host of Saturday Night Live over the weekend, joking about romance in concentration camps during the Holocaust and about how many of the Hollywood powerhouses accused of sexual harassment and assault recently are Jewish.
The Jewish comedian, creator of the hit sitcom "Seinfeld", drew a mixture of groans and laughter from the SNL audience, and sharp condemnations from social media users as he launched into the controversial monologue.
Starting with Hollywood sex scandals, David noted “a very, very disturbing pattern emerging -- which is that many of the predators -- not all, but many of them are Jews.
"I have three words to say to that: 'Oy vey iz mir'", he said, using a Yiddish phrase for 'woe is me.'
"I don’t like it when Jews are in the news for notorious reasons. What I want: Einstein discovers the theory of relativity, Salk discovers a cure for polio. What I don’t want: Weinstein took it out,” David said.
David said that he, by contrast, "consistently strive(s) to be a good Jewish representative". He bragged that his behavior is so good that passers-by comment that they would never know he was a Jew "if it weren’t for the self-deprecation and the irritable bowel syndrome."
He then turned his monologue to the subject of the Holocaust, wondering if his "obsession with women" would have persisted in concentration camps.
"I’ve often wondered that if I grew up in Poland when Hitler came to power and I was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking out women? I think I would - ‘Hey, Shlomo, did you see that one by Barracks Eight? I’ve had my eye on her for weeks. I’d like to go up and say something to her," he said.
I’m not a Jew, but I’m low-key offended by Larry David’s holocaust jokes on #SNL. Not cool.— Ebony Empress (@ShanondaStar) November 5, 2017
"Of course, the problem is there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp," he continued, hypothesizing about possible pick-up lines like "'How’s it going? They treating you OK? You know, if they ever get out of here, I’d love to take you out for some latkes. You like latkes?’"
Twitter users immediately slammed the monologue as "offensive and insensitive".
This was not Larry David's first appearance on the late-night comedy show.
David has portrayed Vermont senator Bernie Sanders multiple times on SNL, with a spot-on impression that went viral during his 2016 presidential campaign.
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Is he not a liberal?
Tasteless! And so disappointing. What’s got into him.? I don’t think his therapist can cope any longer.