Larry David jokes that he’s a ‘total fraud’ in trailer for HBO documentary about his rise to fame from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry David delved into his unexpected success and lingering insecurities in the trailer for his upcoming documentary, The Larry David Story.
HBO released the trailer on Wednesday and announced the film would premiere on the premium channel and its streaming service HBO Max on March 1.
The trailer features the 74-year-old Seinfeld co-creator sitting down with his friend and regular Curb You Enthusiasm collaborator Larry Charles — who also directs — while admitting that he feels like a ‘total fraud’ because of how different he is from his on-screen character.
Playing himself: Larry David admitted he’s a ‘total fraud’ because he’s so dissimilar to his Curb Your Enthusiasm character in the trailer for his HBO documentary The Larry David Story, which premieres March 1
‘I never thought of myself as being funny,’ David admits at the start of the trailer. ‘Anything that I was associated with that could be successful was a shock.’
He adds that he was adrift at 25 and didn’t know what to do with his life, though he noticed that people would laugh when he started talking, which left comedy as a viable path.
‘So I thought, “Why not me?”‘ he recalls.
The Whatever Works star also joked about how his incredible success was never quite enough for his mother.
The beginning: ‘I never thought of myself as being funny,’ David admits, though he says he turned to comedy when he was 25 and totally adrift because he noticed people would laugh when he talked
Can’t please some people: The Seinfeld co-creator joked that his mother didn’t totally believe he was a success even after his show hit the number one spot in the ratings
‘My mother would call me up and go, “Larry, do they like you? Do they tell you you’re doing a good job?”‘ he recounted.
‘”Yeah, Ma, they like me. [Seinfeld] show is number one in the country,”‘ he replied.
‘”But did they tell you, do they think you’re doing well?”‘ David remembered his mother pressing him.
He admitted that the version of himself that he plays on Curb Your Enthusiasm is a more extreme version of the truth teller he wishes he could be.
Putting on a mask: ‘The Curb outlet for me is this guy I want to be,’ the comic shared. ‘He’s completely honest, just the opposite of who I am. And it’s a thrill
Iconic: David’s biggest success was Seinfeld, which he co-created with the star. The series was a hit after its first few seasons and has gone on to be one of the most influential comedies ever; (L–R) Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld
‘I am a total fraud. And the Curb outlet for me is this guy I want to be,’ the comic shared. ‘He’s completely honest, just the opposite of who I am. And it’s a thrill. I got lucky and I’ll leave it at that.’
David’s biggest success was with the sitcom Seinfeld, which he co-created with star Jerry Seinfeld.
The series became a hit after its first few seasons and has gone on to be one of the most influential comedies shows of the 20th century.
But two years after his 1998 finale, David returned to television in a starring role with Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which he plays a version of himself that turns up all of his worst qualities to comedic affect.
The show’s eleventh season wrapped up in December of last year.
Still going strong: David wrapped Curb Your Enthusiasm’s 11th season in December. He plays an extreme version of himself; seen on Curb Your Enthusiasm with JB Smoove (R)