When the eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm came to a close in September of last year, Larry David approached the possibility of a new season the way he does at the end of every Curb installment: he said nothing. And even though the hugely popular HBO show recently scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy (and lost to Modern Family), still there’s been no talk of continuing on. And since David is now knee-deep in production of his latest HBO project, a full-length ensemble feature called Clear History, chances are the Curb creator isn’t even thinking about the series. But in a new interview with the Austin Chronicle, Jeff Garlin (aka Jeff Greene) has given comedy nerds new hope, however small.
“Has the door been closed on a ninth season?” asks writer Steve Birmingham.
Garlin’s response: “No, not at all. I say there’s a decent chance.”
“Decent chance?” That’s good enough for us to keep the hope alive– even if we have to wait a few years for the next season. Until then, you should check out the full interview with Garlin, who tells his favorite joke, talks about his time at Second City, and relates his fondest memories of rooming with Conan O’Brien. Part of Birmingham’s interview with Garlin centered around the comedian’s attempt to land a gig at Saturday Night Live, but didn’t make it in to the printed version of the Chronicle (one of the best alt-weeklies alive). So we wanted to share that with you here.
Did you have much interest landing at SNL?
I actually did want that and it never happened for me. I remember auditioning here in Los Angeles for Lorne Michaels and the Saturday Night Live people. And when I walked to the stage, as I was being introduced, they all left. That was the night that David Spade and Rob Schneider got hired. But they didn’t even watch me, they left before I went on. I remember telling the audience that I couldn’t do my set because I was so disappointed and they gave me a standing ovation. And then another time they saw me in New York but they were only looking for women, and I destroyed. So, it never worked out. Now, they don’t have people host the show who are necessarily the funniest people or the most interesting people, which they used to do. It’s about popularity and who has a movie coming out and stuff, so I don’t even anticipate that I’ll ever even host SNL.