Jeff Garlin on Jesse James cheating scandal: Straight out of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

bill-maherImage Credit: Janet Van Ham/HBOJeff 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?

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  • matt

    Jeff was hilarious as was Bill. Great panel last night

  • Pastafarian

    I haven’t watched it yet (cancelled HBO) but I look forward to the podcast. But I have noticed several times how a particular guest will get shut out of the whole night, maybe chiming in only two or three times, and usually with a joke. And that’s if they are lucky. Sometimes it’s just hard to get a word in edge-wise.

    However, it’s usually the Entertainment Guest, so the Political Guest and the Author/Journalist Guest are either more informed on the issues brought forth, or are just innately more adept at jibbering on about their opinions. Maher himself (as much as I like him) doesn’t help sometimes either. He will single-handedly derail the course of his own show if it’s one of his passion projects (Animal Rights and America’s Diet among them).

  • sara

    loooooove jeff garlin

  • Zoe

    I watch Bill Maher’s show every week, and last night was definitely an UNEXPECTED high point. Both Jeff Garlin and Christopher Hitchens were stellar guests, and for a relatively lesser-known panel, it ended up being one of the best–lots of chatter and humor. I was in stitches during much of Jeff Garlin’s segment!

  • Cal

    The whole show was good and Garlin was hilarious but I wish they would have let Rob Thomas speak some more. He’s an articulate, intelligent guy with a good grasp of the issues & a fantastic sense of humor, but he’s so polite the other panelists didn’t give him a chance to speak enough. Otherwise, it was a fun show.

    • Nick

      I like Jeff’s Garlin’s philosophy on losing weight.
      We all know if you don’t have good health what are you going to do with your wealth?
      Everytime, I turn on the TV, I literally see millions of ways to a quick weight loss. From magic diet pills to ab crunchers and every thing in between.

      I happened to be watching Bill Maher show on HBO and I really enjoy his shows. I liked what Jeff Garlin said on the show, it is a process and a life style change. It takes us years to put on weight but we want magic pills to take it off in days. It ain’t gonna happen

      Let me tell you a simple story.

      It’s night time and there is a little a kid crying and looking around for something on the ground by a lit street lamp. An old man is passing by and sees the kid crying. “What is the matter Son? Why are you crying?”
      The kid replies, “my mother sent me off to market to get milk but I dropped my coins while I was running.”
      The old man starts to look for the coins with the kid and as he is looking, the old man asks, “Do you know whereabout you lost the coins?” Kid points to about 40 yards away and says, “I lost the money over there.” The old man asks, “why are you looking for the money here? The kids replies, “ there is no light there.

      The moral of the story is if you gained weight in an abyss over 10 years, don’t look for a 2 week magic pill under the light. Go with Jeff Garmin’s formula, make a life change and enjoy the process.

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