Larry David jokes he’s a “real scammer” in the trailer for an HBO documentary about his rise to fame from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Larry David detailed his unexpected success and lingering self-doubt in the trailer for his upcoming documentary, The Larry David Story.
HBO released the trailer on Wednesday and announced that the film will premiere March 1 on premium channel and streaming service HBO Max.
In the trailer, the 74-year-old Seinfeld co-creator sits with his friend and regular Curb You Enthusiasm collaborator Larry Charles, who is also a director, while admitting that he feels like a “total con artist” due to how different he is from his on-screen character.
Playing Himself: Larry David admitted he’s a “total scammer” because he doesn’t look so much like his Curb Your Enthusiasm character in the trailer for his HBO documentary The Larry David Story, which premieres March 1.
“I never considered myself funny,” David admits at the beginning of the trailer. “Everything I was involved with that could be successful was a shock.”
He adds that at 25, he was drifting 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 that his incredible success was never enough for his mother.
Beginning: “I never considered myself funny,” David admits, though he says he turned to comedy when he was 25 and got completely distracted because he noticed people laughing when he spoke.
Can’t please some people: The ‘Seinfeld’ co-creator joked that his mother didn’t quite believe he was successful, even after his show hit #1 in the ratings.
“My mother used to call me and say, ‘Larry, do they like you? Do they say you’re doing a good job?” he recalled.
“Yes, Ma, they like me. [Seinfeld] number one show in the country,” he replied.
“But they told you they think you’re fine?” David remembered how his mother pressed him.
He admitted that the version of himself he plays in Curb Your Enthusiasm is a more extreme version of the truth-seeker he would like to be.
Putting on the mask: “Coming out Curb for me is the guy I want to be,” the comedian shared. “He is absolutely honest, the complete opposite of me. And it’s a thrill’
Cult: David’s biggest success was Seinfeld, which he co-created with the star. The series became a hit after its first few seasons and became one of the most influential comedies of all time; (Left to right) Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld
“I am a complete scammer. And the Curb exit for me is the guy I want to be, ”the comedian shared. “He is absolutely honest, the complete opposite of me. And it’s a thrill. I’m lucky and I’ll stop there.”
David’s greatest success came with the sitcom Seinfeld, which he co-created with star Jerry Seinfeld.
The series became a hit after its first few seasons and became one of the most influential comedy shows of the 20th century.
But two years after the 1998 finale, David returned to television starring in Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which he plays a version of himself in which all of his worst qualities are turned into comedic effect.
The eleventh season of the show ended in December last year.
Still standing: David wrapped Season 11 of Curb Your Enthusiasm in December. He plays an extreme version of himself; seen on Curb Your Enthusiasm with JB Smoove (right)