Larry David Whistles While He Whines

By: Kevin Sullivan, Here & Now

BOSTON-- The crusty, curmudgeon is back. And he has the whole Seinfeld gang with him. Seinfeld co-creator Larry David launched the seventh season of his HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, on Sunday. The big news this year - David has managed to corral all the Seinfeld stars to do a reunion on his show.

For the uninitiated, Curb follows the life of Larry David, or as David puts it, "the fantasy of what his life could be." And what a life it is. In the season premiere, Larry is trying to figure out how to get out of a relationship with a woman, before her biopsy results comes back. Larry fears a cancer diagnosis for her will be a life sentence for him of doctors’ appointments, back rubs and hand holding.

Larry David arrives at the premiere of "The Heartbreak Kid" in Los Angeles on in this Sept. 27, 2007, file photo. David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode which aired, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, was a classic case of art imitating life. On the show, David's fictional spouse, played by Cheryl Hines, left him, an obvious mirror to David's real-life divorce.  (AP)
Larry David at the premiere of "The Heartbreak Kid" in Los Angeles in 2007. (AP)

Also this season, Larry is trying to woo back his wife, Cheryl, who left him because there was just "too much Larry." He hatches a plan to produce a reunion episode of the 90's hit, Seinfeld, so he can cast his wife as one of the stars and win her back. Ingenious! But how real to life is Larry to his Curb character?

"The Larry David on the show is my dream," David says. "That's the person I aspire to be. I love that guy, love him!"

David says he admires his character's honesty, even if it's the type of honesty that would ruin friendships and marriages.

As for getting the cast of Seinfeld to reunite on the show, it was the ultimate way to do a Seinfeld reunion, without doing a Seinfeld reunion. When asked if Seinfeld would ever do a real reunion, David is firm, "No. No, this is the closest we will ever get to that."

David says he appreciates the Seinfeld cast for coming on the show, especially since the characters they portray on his show are for the most part nothing like what they are in real life. Curb Your Enthusiasm is mainly ad-libbed, and even David was surprised when Jason Alexander, who played George on Seinfeld, spurted out a line about how bad he thought the Seinfeld series finale was.

The whole Seinfeld reunion is part of a 5-episode arc, but some of the funniest moments of the new season have nothing to do with Seinfeld. Just like the original show about nothing, David gets us to laugh at the mundane, like a scene where he wrestles a plastic-wrapped gift to the ground, as he attempted to open it. David says there was no acting in that scene, and while he's wealthy enough now to get some help with life's little travails, "I still don't hand over plastic packaging to a butler.”

In between producing faux reunion shows on HBO, David likes to practice his whistling skills. “Not bad. I have a little talent for it, don’t I?” he asks after doing a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My Way. At least he’ll have that to fall back on in case this whole TV thing doesn’t work out.

This program aired on September 18, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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