Saturday, April 20, 2024

Larry David Says He Might “Take the Knee” One Day in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as Hilarious Ninth Season Begins


The fictional Larry David has been put in every preposterous situation the real Larry David could think of in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” from investing in a Palestinian chicken franchise to pitting a Holocaust survivor against a “Survivor” cast member. At last night’s star studded premiere of the 9th season of “Curb,” US asked David if the fake Larry would ever “take the knee.” “Take the knee,” he replied and said, “Now that’s a good idea.”

David was joined last night at the “Curb” premiere by his cast– Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, JB Smoove and Susie Essman– not to mention two Kennedys– Robert Kennedy Jr and Caroline Kennedy, as well as actor Marc Feuerstein, whose new show “9JKL” debuts this Monday on CBS, plus Aida Turturro (The Sopranos), Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”), Keegan-Michael Key, HBO’s John Oliver, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Amy Schumer, Steve Buscemi, Bryant Gumbel, Andrew Rannels, Lorraine Bracco, Aziz Ansari, SNL’s and Pete Davidson.

I’m not allowed to tell you what the “Curb” story arc is going to be, but I can tell you it’s hilarious. All of the above mentioned cast is in it as well Ted Danson, who gives a surprise fake meta announcement, and Richard Lewis, of course. In Episode 5, which we also saw last night, there’s kind of a genius sequence devised by Larry and director Larry Charles involving “giving a face.” In a continuous fire of rat-tat-tat jokes, this is like a mini story arc that shows the real artistry here.

At the after party at Tao Downtown former “Sopranos” Turturro and Bracco gushed over Michael Gandolfini, 18 year old son of the late James Gandolfini. He told US he’s just started NYU where he’s going to take after his Emmy winning dad and study acting. “I was already in the Law & Order Menendez Brothers movie,” he said, “playing Erik’s friend. But I was cut from the final edit. But it was a good experience because I got to be there with Edie Falco, who was with my dad on the Sopranos.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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