Larry David, society's sole voice of reason, is finally back at HBO next month with new Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes. The wait, as any fan of the retroscripting classic knows, has been excruciating. Thankfully, now that we're mere weeks away from the season 9 premiere, we're getting a nice supply of late-night bits with a presumably reluctant Larry David.
Monday night, David joined Jimmy Kimmel for a very Curb discussion that touched on everything from the feared "double goodbye" to his aversion to animals. David also gave a little insight into his decision to end the series' hiatus after six years off the air.
"I don't see how that’s any of your business," David said when asked why he decided to revive the show. "I really don't. I think it's a personal question. What am I, on Barbara Walters here? You come out and you probe? Don't probe, OK? But no, I don't know. I just thought, yeah, I kinda missed it." Asked to reveal how "TV Larry" has changed since we last saw him, David gave a detour of an answer by noting instead that the insults he receives have changed dramatically.
"What's changed is the way people yell at me," David said. "Because you know, every show somebody's yelling, cursing, everything. Usually it's 'ya bald bastard,' you know, things like that. 'Ya bold fuck,' you know, I get stuff like that. And it always made me laugh. And then, because the show hasn't been on for five years, six years, now instead of a bald bastard, they're calling me an old bastard." David added that he's not a huge fan of this updated insult format: "Boy, do I miss being called bald."
Speaking of baldness, David considers his handling of hairlessness to be his shining moment in life. "I'm very proud of myself, and I'm not proud of myself for a lot of things, but I'm very proud of myself for the way I accepted my baldness," he said. "It's the only demonstration of character I've ever displayed in my life."
Curb Your Enthusiasm returns Oct. 1. In the meantime, take a look back at our recent interview with J.B. Smoove here.