After locking in an October release date for Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 with a teaser clip comparing Larry David’s balding dome to the Earth, HBO has now dropped a full trailer ahead of its arrival.
While details surrounding the season 11 storyline haven’t been revealed – beyond pretty much more of the same in new(ish) settings, i.e. commuting dilemmas, ruining dinner parties, being touchy about… towels(?) – fans are eagerly anticipating one potential episode.
Inspired by Larry David’s real-life un-invitation from the 60th birthday party of former US president, Barack Obama, the entire situation was instigated by rising Delta variant cases. And how the Seinfeld co-creator responded will go down in history as a classic Larry David Moment™, rivalling any scene he has ever scripted.
Ever the neurotic goose, prior to being given an out, the Seinfeld co-creator had some reservations about rubbing shoulders with 200 elites in an outdoor event of this calibre – and hosted at Obama’s Martha Vineyard residence, no less. His anxiety skyrocketed when he missed a call from Obama’s assistant, assuming the retired POTUS would request a performance of some sort, thereby forcing him to compose a high-brow stand-up routine in just three days.
“I was pretty glum when I finally called back his assistant,” Larry David explains to The New York Times.
“When he told me I was eighty-sixed from the party, I was so relieved. I screamed, ‘Thank you! Thank you!’ He must have thought I was insane.”
“Then I hung up the phone, poured myself a drink, and finished my crossword puzzle.”
Suffice it to say, the reaction was hilariously consistent with his persona, and even more so when you consider the COVID-19 PSA he issued back in April 2020 which urged people to stay home while simultaneously expressing his excitement to quarantine/socially distance himself from others.
“The problem is you’re passing up a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in the house, sit on the couch, and watch TV.”
Based on the footage provided for the trailer, Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 will be welcoming / re-welcoming the likes of Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, JB Smoove, Patton Oswald, Richard Kind, Vince Vaughn, Jon Hamm, and even Seth Rogen as a character we can only assume isn’t a version of himself. Entertainment Weekly reports Woody Harrelson, Bill Hader, Lucy Liu, Kaley Cuoco, and Tracey Ullman are also set to guest star.
Series regular Richard Lewis, however, has announced he wouldn’t be making an appearance due to having undergone multiple back and shoulders surgeries over the past year intended to relieve long-term pain.
“What a ride, LD! I love you, buddy,” Richard Lewis posted on social media.
“Tragically, these past 18 months I’ve endured a back and two shoulder surgeries and not able to be in #curbyourenthusiasm for season 11. I’ll be watching… @HBO.”
“For 20 years, I had the greatest comedy gig I could have ever imagined with my oldest and dearest friend LD,” Lewis told Variety.
“Honestly, I’m crushed that I won’t be part of this season. For sure, I will be screaming with all the other Curb fans when the new season starts. Hope to be there for season 12!”
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 premieres on October 24th later this month via HBO Max, meaning you can probably expect it to hit Binge on October 25th here in Australia – watch the full trailer above.