Fans have been nagging Larry David about the return of his beloved HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
It’s been six years since the show finished its eighth season, and it seemed that its star and creator was through, although that was never made definitive.
David – who co-created the landmark “Seinfeld” – didn’t exactly go into hiding since the last “Curb.” He wrote and starred in an offbeat movie for HBO called “Clear History,” and wrote and starred in the hugely successful Broadway play, “Fish in the Dark.” He also showed up in an episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with old pal Jerry Seinfeld and did a few cameos here and there.
During last year’s heated political campaign, he played Sen. Bernie Sanders on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which included a skit called “Bern Your Enthusiasm,” where the candidate came across like the irritating curmudgeon character on the HBO show.
Finally, the real thing is back. Season 9 of “Curb” is starting Sunday with 10 new episodes.
“I’m not a misser, so to speak. I don’t really miss things, people that much. But I was missing it,” admits David. He added he also missed his co-stars Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman and JB Smoove, along with writer and executive producer Jeff Schaffer, who worked on both on “Seinfeld” and “Curb.” All of them were with him to talk to reporters about the new season.
“So I thought, ‘Yeah, what the hell?’ And I got tired of people asking me, “’Is the show coming back?’” he says. “I couldn’t face that question any more, and I wasn’t ready to say, ‘No, never.’ And I kept saying, ‘Oh, you know, maybe. Who knows?’ So I thought, ‘Yeah, I won’t have to be asked that anymore.’”
People may think that doing “Curb” might be easy, especially when David says things like, “I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but TV Larry is just about a quarter of an inch away from Real Larry.”
But while it may seem like David and the others are just riffing on themselves, that quarter-inch may as well be the distance to the moon. Things may be taken from David’s life but they are tightly scripted.
“The difference between TV Larry and Real Larry,” says Schaffer, who David hired right out of Harvard for “Seinfeld,” is Real Larry comes in the office and says, “This thing happened to me, and I should have say.”
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