Jeff Garlin’s visit to HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher last night began with, of all things, a discussion of Jesse James’ alleged cheating on Sandra Bullock. “This is straight out of Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Garlin chortled regarding certain sordid gossip-reported tales involving a possible neo-Nazi connection. “The only person I know who could think of this is Larry David!”
True that. Hey, speaking of Curb Your Enthusiasm, any more word on David’s tantalizing revelation that there’s a “pretty good chance” they’ll do an eighth season? Of course not. The subject of Curb didn’t even come up again after that initial LOL, which is probably because right now no one outside of Larry David’s head has any clue what lies in the show’s future. (I knew this, and yet I tuned in anyway hoping for another crumb of Curb information. My fault.)
Instead, Garlin talked a bit about his new weight-loss/environmentalism memoir, My Footprint. Looking comparatively svelte, he cracked wise about going cold-turkey on sweets (“I know if I have one bite of a cookie, I’m going to have some Ho Hos, some Pop-Tarts…”) and doing Pilates (“which I hate with a passion, but it works!”).
That was about all we got from the funnyman, who let his fellow panelists — Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, and Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post opinion page — do most of the talking, chiefly about the recent health care bill’s triumph and other political issues. “Usually I watch from home,” Garlin finally joked. “This is fantastic…like floor seats for the Lakers, and you guys are running up and down the court in front of me.”
Did you watch Garlin on Maher last night? What did you think?