When Curb Your Enthusiasm returned to HBO early in 2020 after another multi-year hiatus, the delightfully cringe-inducing comedy was seemingly back at the top of its satirical game, with Larry David injecting episodes with broadly topical subject matter such as MAGA hats, workplace sexual harassment, celebrity entrepreneurism and more. Fans can expect to see more of Larry's persnickety nature, too, with HBO recently confirming Season 11's future existence. Someone who is quite happy about that turn of events is Curb's essential co-star Jeff Garlin.
CinemaBlend recently had the pleasure of talking with Jeff Garlin (also well-known for ABC's The Goldbergs) about all kinds of things, with Curb Your Enthusiasm's future being one of the major topics early on. Let's get into what he said about Season 11, as well as why he considers Larry David to be such an original genius.
Talking Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11
When I congratulated Jeff Garlin about Curb Your Enthusiasm's Season 11 renewal, he was definitely excited about it. However, he wasn't entirely optimistic that production will start up according to the current plans in place. In his words:
Considering the U.S. is in the throes of a serious pandemic uptick, Hollywood's future is as up for debate as anything else. While some productions are set to start up in different parts of the world, the Los Angeles area is still very much a question mark. As such, Jeff Garlin was a little worried about whether the proposed start date would be maintained, while predicting that coronavirus stats would see another big increase around Labor Day in September.
With the conversation already touching on the pandemic and self-quarantining, I asked Jeff Garlin if he thought Larry David might be thinking of taking on the ongoing crisis with Season 11's plotline. And while the actor couldn't speak 100% for what Curb Your Enthusiasm's creator will be doing, Garlin's early impressions are that the new episodes won't take on a coronavirus-related storyline. In his words:
Considering how many other TV shows will probably work pandemic narratives into upcoming seasons – not to mention all the social unrest over racial divides – Curb Your Enthusiasm might stand out from the pack if Larry David does indeed choose to bypass current events. That said, Jeff Garlin would be up for the challenge if David did go that route, even if it wouldn't be the actor's top option.
It certainly is hard to think about what Larry David could write about for Curb Your Enthusiasm that wouldn't be entertaining in all the ways. I guess if he wrote about his own show getting cancelled, that might not be as much fun as other options. Thankfully, we don't have to worry about that reality anytime soon.
Why Jeff Garlin Thinks Larry David Is A Genius
Jeff Garlin has the rare privilege of being on one of network TV's most popular comedies, The Goldbergs, on top of spending the past 20 years as a regular on Curb Your Enthusiasm during its on-and-off years. While reflecting on the HBO series' lengthy legacy, Garlin held Curb up as one of the most influential shows out there, and praised Larry David as a "true genius" for changing the face of modern TV comedy. Here's how he put it:
Those kinds of compliments weren't stated flippantly, either. Jeff Garlin has been in the business a long time, and has worked with a plethora of filmmakers and TV creators. But there's only one of them that he's chosen to keep working with continuously for two decades, and Garlin has also teamed up with Larry David outside of their TV relationship, such as for their live-on-stage conversations at L.A.'s comedy club The Largo. For my money, David and Garlin are as solid a comedy pairing as Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy, while obviously being more vulgar and risqué. (Plus, the latter duos didn't have such A+ comedic accessories as the great J.B. Smoove and Richard Lewis.)
Beyond pointing out that shows like The Office and other super-popular comedies were influenced by Curb Your Enthusiasm's antithetical and problematic protagonist, as well as its blend of real-life people in heightened situations, Jeff Garlin also pointed out that there were many more projects that failed to make a name for themselves outside of Curb's shadow. Below, he talks more about just how one of a kind Larry David is.
If only Larry David had also created Curb Your Enthusiasm's instantly recognizable theme song, too. Ah, well, he's still doing pret-taaaay pret-taaaaaaaay pret-tay good in my book. Here's to Curb surviving longer than any other TV comedy!
Curb Your Enthusiasm fans can definitely start getting excited about the prospects for Season 11, even if we're not really sure when it will make its debut on HBO. Fans can currently watch all ten seasons right now on HBO Max (opens in new tab). In the meantime, definitely check out our Summer 2020 TV premiere schedule and our Fall 2020 rundown to see what shows are already tapped to debut for the rest of the year.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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