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Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for its sixth season, despite Larry David's insistence that he never wants to come back. Last year even ended with Larry dying, but coming back. Hopefully, the pattern will continue beyond year six into a seventh season as well..
Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm
"Every season that I do is my last season," said David. "That's the only way I can get through the season. If I thought that I had to come back and do it again, I would never do it in the first place. So the way I trick myself is to tell everybody that it's my last season. Then after it's over, I go, 'Oh, maybe I'll do another one.' The season ended and all the editing was done. I went into my office and I was sitting at my desk and I went, 'Jeez, I don't have anything to do. What am I going to do now? This is very uncomfortable. I better do another season.' So I did."
This year will feature David railing against public cell phone usage and other of life's annoyances. He will continue to be a despicable curmudgeon, but don't feel superior. "I'm portraying you, shmucko. That's you too, not just me. I'm Jesus Christ. I'm sacrificing myself for the betterment of humanity."
Comments like that didn't serve The Beatles too well, but Larry David may get away with it. "I really love the guy who's on that show. I love that guy because he says everything that I'm thinking and feeling and he doesn't have to behave in a way that society really wants everybody to behave. I decided I love being that honest. I wish I could be that way in my life. It's easier for me now because of the show. I'm getting closer to him every day. Let's put it that way."
That said, even David has limits. He will not do anything for a laugh. "Where did you get that impression?"
As bold as he gets, Curb Your Enthusiasm enjoys floating under the social radar. "You know what? Nobody who watches the show is offended. I haven't heard anything. on Seinfeld, which was on commercial television, I'd get thousands of letters every week about people who were offended from every group. On Curb, we get nothing. Nobody seems to be offended except for the people who just hate me in general."