Larry David's cult comedy has been on hiatus since 2011
Curb Your Enthusiasm looks set to return, according to one of the show’s stars.
The cult comedy launched on HBO in 2000, with its eighth and most recent season coming back in 2011. Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld, stars as a fictionalised version of himself in the semi-improvised show, which he also created and writes.
With previous reports stating that there’s a “51 per cent” chance of the show coming back, co-star JB Smoove has now revealed that David has reached out to see if he was available to shoot a ninth season.
“I call Larry every two weeks and I check on him because he’s old,” Smoove – who plays Leon in Curb – joked on The Rich Eisen Show. “I check on Larry to make sure he’s good.”
The comedian continued: “I called Larry like two weeks ago and… he said, ‘If I do come back, you’re going to be available?’ I said, ‘You know something, Larry? I will be available. Just call me and give me early notice and I’ll be here.’ I’ll move anything I’m doing to the side for Curb Your Enthusiasm which would be a fabulous thing to do. Season nine would be fabulous.”
Jeff Garlin, who plays David’s manager Jeff Greene in the show, previously described Curb Your Enthusiasm as “the only show that I know in the history of television that only moves forward because the creator is basing his decision entirely on creativity”. David, he said, is “so rich that he doesn’t have to do anything unless it’s good”.
Meanwhile, HBO’s president Michael Lombardo has revealed that David recently showed him a notebook containing ideas for the “next season” of Curb Your Enthusiasm. “I don’t think it’s out of his system,” Lombardo said. “When he has something to say, he will come back.”
“I certainly see this as a continuing dialogue with him – a long one, but a continuing one,” Lombardo added.