Jeff Garlin and the Making of Curb Your Enthusiasm: 1999-Present

Larry kept an office at Castle Rock Entertainment even though he wasn't sure what he wanted to do next. It may have been because his mother always told him that you need somewhere to go every day or you're basically a waste.

One day, fellow comedian Jeff Garlin came into Larry's office to chat him up. Jeff was working in a neighboring office.

Jeff asked Larry what he was going to do next and Larry told him he was thinking about doing some stand-up again since it had been nine years.

Jeff suggested Larry film it. That idea evolved into filming what happened between when Larry was performing the stand-up.

Larry had a few funny storyline ideas, but they didn't want to script them because it wouldn't seem real. Since they were going for a documentary style, they needed everything to appear spontaneous; they improvised it.

After filming a few times they realized they might have something. HBO was willing to let Larry try whatever he wanted because of his prior success in TV, so they ran with it.

It took a while for people to realize what the show was. It was a fictional show about a real person and starring that real person.

Without meaning to, they recreated a quasi-Seinfeld. Only Curb was single camera, shot on location, unscripted, and documentary style with no laugh tracks.

Viewers had never really seen anything quite like it. But after a few years the show really caught on. The concepts, storylines, and improv all improved as well.

Eventually, the show was recognized by the awards circuit and nominated for both Emmys and Golden Globes.


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