On improvising on Curb Your Enthusiasm and playing the role of "Larry's" father, "Nat David"; on the type of performer he is, and on developing his early nightclub act
On recording his first comedy album, "Inside Shelley Berman," at the suggestion of Mort Sahl, and on learning how to manipulate the audience; on stand-up comedians using a stool, and various other props of the trade, and on the challenges faced by a stand-up comedian
On the comedian Jim MacGeorge, and on his own poetry; on the actor-comedians he most admires including Jackie Gleason and Robin Williams; on the source of comedy in a script or situation, and on "teaching" comedy
On the construct of comedy, and the difficulty in pinpointing what is funny or why people laugh; on the importance in comedy of the audience relating to the comedian, and on the evolution of comedy in terms of explicit language; on creative ways comedians used to get around language or subject restrictions in the early days of television, and on Janet Jackson's Super Bowl "nipplegate"
On the language and content of Curb Your Enthusiasm; on the power of words, and on the counterculture free speech movement of the 1960s; on the then-future of comedy, and on his great admiration for Larry David, and David's work on Curb Your Enthusiasm
On the importance of comedy in his life; on the importance of comedy during World War II, and on Jewish humor; on careers other than comedy that might have interested him
On his reputation for being difficult, and on the ups and downs of his life and career, including the loss of his son; on how he'd like to be remembered