"While we love each other, we differ on many current issues," actress Cheryl Hines, the fictional ex of Jewish comedian Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm, said.
This season, it’s not just the occasional matzoh ball joke or the Yiddish lesson he gave Jon Hamm in the season premiere. Larry David is plunging into questions of Jewish pride and belief.
JTA spoke to Essman, who noted she is a proud new bubbe, about the show’s longevity and Jewishness, as well as her views on “cancel culture” in comedy.
The episode offered a case study in why “Curb” has been called “the most Jewish comedy show ever” and suggests that Larry David, its writer, producer and star, has no intention of ceding that mantle.
The 10-time Emmy Award-winning comedy about a group of friends living in New York City was created by comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David and ended on NBC television in 1998 after nine seasons.
HBO announced in June 2020 that it was renewing the series, but did not announce a debut date because of delays related to the coronavirus pandemic.
David apparently hit Dershowitz with this line, among others: “It’s disgusting. Your whole enclave — it’s disgusting. You’re disgusting!”
The show, which premiered in March and is now available to stream on Hulu, is called “Dave.” It’s a fictionalized version of Burd’s rise to stardom.
David told Dowd that he is just fine with social distancing and hunkering down in his home. “I will say that the lack of invitations, OK, that’s been fantastic,” he said.
While the delivery was lighthearted, the message was clear. David, 72, wanted to remind those not taking these precautions seriously that they are inadvertently hurting the elderly.