Larry David

TV Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sky Atlantic

If you thought Larry David’s sitcom version of Larry David might have mellowed in the years away from the screen think again. In the first episode of a new series of his brilliant cringecom David doesn’t just provoke his friends and family, he provokes an entire religion, prompting a Rushdie-style fatwa.

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News: Jason Alexander Takes Over From Larry David In Play

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander is to take over the lead role in Fish In The Dark, the Broadway comedy written and currently starring Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. 

The production is a big success and its run has been extended. David will play Norman Drexel for the last time on June 7 and then Alexander will take over at the Cort Theatre. Alexander is best known, of course, for playing George Costanza in Seinfeld. The character is generally regarded as being Larry David’s screen alter ego.

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News: Curb star Larry David to make Broadway acting debut

It has been confirmed that Larry David is to make his Broadway acting debut early next year. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star will appear in his own play, Fish in the Dark, which  will also star Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini and Jerry Adler. It will be directed by Anna D Shapiro who also directed the award-winning August: Osage County.

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News: David Baddiel Adds New London Dates

Following his acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe comeback last August, reviewed below, and two runs on the South Bank in London as well as a national tour, David Baddiel has now announced a four-week run of Fame: Not The Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory from April 29 - May 23. Ticket details here

Review: Susie Essman, Soho Theatre

A very rare occurrence last night. I actually paid for a ticket to see a comedy show. Due to a cock-up on the cinema screening front I found myself at a loose end with a friend in swinging Soho and decided to see Susie Essman. I'd initially been told I could have a press ticket for Wednesday's performance but then discovered this week that critics were not invited after all. So what the heck, I thought. Gatecrash the first night anyway.

Opinion: Impro v Scripted - No Contest?

I caught Paul Merton on The One Show the other night promoting his new tour. He was not able to say too much about it, of course, because it is with Paul Merton's Impro Chums so it will be different every night.

Preview: The Week Ahead Oct 7 - 13

This is one of those crazy busy comedy weeks that makes it worth living in London. You could easily see a top show every night – if you can afford it – and still not catch everything, so without further ado I'll rattle through your options.

Opinion: If You Want to Laugh Watch a Comedian, Not A Pop Star

Do you want conclusive proof that a journalist will do anything to avoid proper work?

Opinion: Should Woody Allen make a stand-up comeback?

I've written before about comedians making comebacks after a period away from the stage. David Baddiel, for instance, is back in Edinburgh in a few weeks for the first time in 15 or 16 years depending on what website you read. Either way it is a long time but not as long as the hiatus since Woody Allen last did stand-up, which must surely be in terms of decades rather than years.

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