HBO has locked in an October release date for Curb Your Enthusiasm season 11 with an extremely on-brand teaser clip, comparing show creator and series lead Larry David’s balding dome with the Earth.
The 45-second teaser opens with what appears to be the planet we inhabit as Richard Strauss’ ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ – the song popularised by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey – reaches its crescendo, before pulling back to reveal it’s actually Larry David. Text appears on screen, “The world has changed…”. It then cuts to the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song ‘Frolic‘, with the following: “… but he hasn’t.”
While details surrounding the season 11 storyline haven’t been revealed, 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.
In line with his neurotic persona, LD obviously had some reservations about schmoozing with 200 elites in an outdoor event of this calibre hosted at Obama’s Martha Vineyard residence, no less. His anxiety skyrocketed when he missed a call from Obama’s assistant ahead of the event, assuming the retired POTUS would ask for a performance, 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 the entire 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/isolate 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.”
Additionally, series regular Richard Lewis announced we wouldn’t be making an appearance in the upcoming instalment due to his multiple back and shoulders surgeries from 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 will premiere on HBO Max starting from October 24th of this year, meaning we can probably expect it to hit Australia’s equivalent streaming platform Binge on October 25th – stay tuned for the official domestic release date confirmation and check out the teaser trailer above.