Comic icon Larry David has long been one of the Stern Show's most sought-after guest, and he finally made his long-awaited debut this morning!
Everybody was excited for Larry to sit down with Howard and take him through his extraordinary show business career.
Here are the highlights from Howard's interview with Larry David:
Howard was interested in hearing about Larry's military career. He joined the reserves to avoid going to Vietnam, which he said he had no intention of doing under any circumstances.
He had to go to reserve meetings once a month in Brooklyn and he and the other war-avoiding young men would cover their 70s Jew Fros with actual crew cut wigs.
Then he heard about a psychiatrist who would write a note and get you out of the whole reserve thing, so he decided that was his strategy. He got the letter and proceeded to act crazy and really sell it to his commanding officer.
Thankfully, Larry survived the Vietnam war.
After stints as a private chauffer and a cab driver, Larry started doing stand up in New York among future stars like Andy Kaufman (whom Larry admitted to finding a little annoying), Elayne Boosler, and, of course, Jerry Seinfeld.
He famously had a contentious relationship with stand-up comedy, once even taking the stage and, not liking the vibe of the audience, muttering 'I don't think so' and walking off.
Then he got the comedy writer's dream gig: Saturday Night Live. He wrote for a year for a cast that included Gilbert Gottfried, Billy Crystal, and his future 'Elaine', Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Larry wrote sketches that killed during rehearsal but, week after week, nothing would make it on the air. He finally got so fed up that he walked up to executive producer Dick Ebersol right before the live show was to begin and laid into him:
'This f*cking show stinks! It stinks! It's shit! I'm done! I'm gone! F*ck this! I'm out!'
Dick just nodded and Larry stormed off, never to return. Except when on his way home he was overcome with dread. His next-door neighbor, Kenny Kramer (inspiration for the Seinfeld character of the same surname) told him to just show up on Monday like nothing ever happened. Larry did, and it worked.
This, like many other instances in Larry's life, inspired an episode of his legendary, ground-breaking sitcom 'Seinfeld', which is often called the greatest sitcom of all time.
Larry and Jerry Seinfeld co-created the series and each new season was total agony for Larry. 'Like a relationship, I just didn't think I could keep it up,' Larry said, before quickly pointing out: 'Not in the erectile sense.'
He was incredibly passionate about every episode, threatening to quit more than once if the network interfered with a word in their script.
'The Contest' – one of the most notorious Seinfeld episodes – was once such situation. It was based on a real contest Larry and a friend held – which one of them could go the longest without masturbating. Larry emerged victorious. The friend he played against 'was done in two days.' Larry knew how great the episode was and announced that he'd quit if the network screwed with it. They didn't and the show is maybe the iconic sitcom episode of the 1990s.
'The Chinese Restaurant' was another example of an episode the network hated, but Larry and Jerry loved. It was weird – it all took place in real time while the gang waited for a table at a Chinese restaurant.
Jerry Seinfeld said he would never do another sitcom because it would never be as good as 'Seinfeld', but Larry somehow managed to churn out a second great show: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'.
This show, unlike Seinfeld, isn't scripted. Larry writes an outline for each episode and the cast improvise the scene.
The question Larry is constantly asked is 'Will there be another season of Curb?' and he told Howard that while he can't guarantee anything, 'the odds are against it.' Howard asked how Larry would feel about not getting to write a final episode for Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry replied that after the negative reaction to the Seinfeld finale, he has no interest in 'wrapping things up' anymore.
So, Larry is just diversifying. He's written a play that will open on Broadway in February and Larryis the star. He often wonders what he got himself into, but it's sure to be an entertaining show.
Check out 'A Fish in the Dark' on Broadway, which is currently scheduled until July.