By BERNICE FOX
For 11 seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, we’ve seen Larry David’s TV-Larry, as he calls him, be socially unacceptable. Now he’s heading into the 12th and final season of speaking and acting on his unfiltered mind.
In the past, the real Larry David, who’s been living in Pacific Palisades for many years, often was unclear if his series would return from season to season, especially with the later seasons. It always was his decision, never HBO’s. But all indications are the 12th truly will be the show’s final 10 episodes.
Don’t believe it? Here is some of David’s statement about ending the series and no longer playing TV-Larry: “As Curb comes to an end, I will now have the opportunity to finally shed this ‘Larry David’ persona and become the person God intended me to be — the thoughtful, kind, caring, considerate human being I was until I got derailed by portraying this malignant character. And so ‘Larry David,’ I bid you farewell. Your misanthropy will not be missed.”
So this is it. Along with the regular cast for this final bumpy ride are Palisadian Ted Danson and former Palisades resident Tracey Ullman. To publicize this final season, David has been appearing on one TV talk show after the other.
On NBC’s The Today Show he said he really is moving on from TV-Larry and joked that at age 76 “I’m almost ready for a nursing home. I think it’s a little old for a grown man to be acting like that!”
David added “people don’t believe me. This is it!”
David and the cast of Curb Your Enthusiasm will talk about the show and more on April 18 to an audience at the Dolby Theatre as part of the Paley Center’s PaleyFest 2024.
The event already is sold out.
If you’re willing to travel to the East Coast to hear David, he has two events scheduled with audiences at concert venues. Called “A Conversation with Larry David,” he’ll be in Washington, D.C. March 29, and Boston on April 1. Tickets for both are selling quickly. Remaining seats in Washington, D.C. are running $400. In Boston, the few remaining tickets start at $500 each.
And while David wasn’t there, this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fans had a chance to immerse themselves in a Curb Your Enthusiasm experience. For free. There were two pop-up Latte Larry’s coffee cafes on the Westside, one in Venice near the beach and the other in the Culver City area.
The pop-up cafes used the same logo and blue and white colors as those of the Latte Larry’s store that TV-Larry opened in Season 10 as a spite move against another coffee place. Unlike the Latte Larry’s in the show, all visitors who came to the pop-up counter, after what could be a 45-minute wait in line, got a free cup of coffee and a scone.
So in this case, TV-Larry was a generous and good guy.
Season 12 of Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres Sunday, February 4 at 10 p.m. on HBO and streams on HBO’s Max. New episodes will be available each Sunday night with the final episode premiering April 7.