"I think the thing about finales is everybody writes their own finale in their head, whereas if they just tune in during the week to a normal show, they’re surprised by what's going on. They haven't written it beforehand, they don't know what the show is. But for a finale, they go, 'Oh, well this should happen to George, and Jerry and Elaine should get together,' and all that. They've already written it, and often they're disappointed, because it's not what they wrote."
– Larry David looks back on the mixed response to the Seinfeld series finale and more in a new interview with Bill Simmons.
J.B. Smoove is a force to be reckoned with. The quick-witted, high-energy standup, actor, and writer, known for his role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been running on all cylinders the last few years, appearing in memorable TV and movie roles and in his first special for Comedy Central. He currently stars on The Millers and Real Husbands of Hollywood and is the host of the new season of Last Comic Standing, which premieres tonight on NBC.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Smoove about the new season of Last Comic, his love of standup, and his philosophy on work and play.
"I learned how to write comedy from Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld and it was all about structure. Structure, structure, structure. A Seinfeld episode and a Curb episode and a League episode are all written the exact same way."
–The League co-creator Jeff Schaffer, who's previously written for Seinfeld, Curb, and Sacha Baron Cohen's movies, in a detailed interview with Fast Company about his writing process.
In 2007, Kanye West starred in a comedy pilot following a fictionalized version of his life that was modeled after Curb Your Enthusiasm. He even had longtime Curb/Seinfeld producer Larry Charles working on the show as a writer/producer alongside fellow producers Kanye West and Rick Rubin, but HBO opted not to pick it up. The pilot for the untitled series has gone unseen until this week, when this clip from the pilot, featuring Kanye West visiting a Make a Wish child, was discovered on YouTube. Here's Charles talking about the show five years ago:
"What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, ‘I'm the black [...]
There's a certain level of celebrity at which people don't do the podcast circuit – either because they're too busy or too famous – but Jeff Garlin's new show looks to be changing that, with a roster of guests made up almost entirely of the kinds of big names you rarely see on other podcasts. Debuting today on the Earwolf network, By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin is a conversation show recorded in front of a live audience at the Largo Theater in Los Angeles. For a little over a year now, Garlin has been doing these live shows with a different huge guest as his [...]