Few people in the world are worse at handling social situations than Larry David. After all, the legendary comedy writer has made a career off of his intentional inability to properly connect with most people, culminating in the HBO masterpiece Curb Your Enthusiasm (which recently returned for an already spectacular Season 9). That said, it looks like that particular brand of humor also translates to network television, because the new promo for Larry David's upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live delivers the laughs by putting him in an uncomfortable scenario with Miley Cyrus. Check it out below and prepare to cringe.
If you have seen pretty much any episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, then you should generally know what to expect from any Saturday Night Live promo with Larry David in it. Here, the Seinfeld co-creator finds himself waiting for an elevator at the iconic 30 Rock building when he comes face-to-face with Miley Cyrus -- who will provide the music performance on this week's episode. While most normal people would exchange pleasantries and share the elevator up to the studio, David decides to cut the conversation short by taking another elevator on his own. As you can probably imagine, the rudeness is not lost on the industry-savvy Cyrus.
This is far from the first time that Larry David has done a Seinfeld/Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque bit to bring the laughs to Saturday Night Live. The comedy giant has become well-known for his ad-libbing strengths in the realm of uncomfortable comedy, and those chops have helped provide some of the best sequences during his appearances on the sketch show. Specifically, David appeared on Saturday Night Live as Bernie Sanders during the last election season (easily one of the best recurring characters in recent memory) and did an entire pre-recorded sketch in the style of Curb Your Enthusiasm -- aptly titled Bern Your Enthusiasm. The guy's comedic style is nothing if not distinctively pret-ty pret-ty good, and it very clearly seems to work for the folks at Saturday Night Live.
If Larry David is already leaning into that type of humor again for the SNL promotional material, then we can likely assume that the show will try to give us at least one Curb-themed sketch during its run on Saturday. Let's just hope that Miley Cyrus forgives him for this elevator debacle by the time that happens, or she might try and foist another elevator rider on him.
Larry David's episode of Saturday Night Live will air this weekend on November 4 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. If you're on the lookout for more information on the TV shows still set to debut this season, then make sure to check out our fall TV premiere guide. Also, if you want to hear what we have to say about everything in the world of streaming content, then listen to The Cord Cutter Podcast!