Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the presidential candidate Selina Meyer in the show, which began its valedictory run with a party at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night. She was joined by the entire cast including Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott and Tim Simons, as well as Armando Iannucci, who created the show.
The first episode of the final season contains impolitic jokes about two fictional mass shootings. After the recent shootings in New Zealand and the second apparent suicide of a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, did the joke go too far?
“We’re always pushing the limits on our show, we’re always going to extremes,” Ms. Louis-Dreyfus said, before she seemed to switch into character. “And I’m a big proponent of serious gun legislation and control. Get the N.R.A. out of our politics!”
After a screening of two episodes (spoiler alert: There is copious cursing), guests repaired for a buffet of grilled salmon and red, white and blue Dippin’ Dots ice cream. The starry crowd included Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Kieran Culkin, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver.
The new season contains blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em jokes about obscure figures like Billy Carter, the troublemaking brother of former President Jimmy Carter, and Clyde Tolson, the reputed lover of J. Edgar Hoover. But David Mandel, the showrunner, said he nixed one gag about a well-known presidential biographer.
Mr. Mandel paraphrased the line: “‘Selina would like Robert Caro to write a tumor-sized biography about her that nobody reads.’”
“I love that joke more than life itself, but we couldn’t fit it in,” he said.