80 Years of The Hollywood Reporter
The most glamorous and memorable moments from a storied history.
Curb Your Entusiasm, which is shifting locales to New York for the rest of its eighth season, is a critical and ratings success, but when Larry David began his career on the ABC late-night sketch series Fridays, he didn't exactly knock The Hollywood Reporter's reviewer dead. When the show that ran 58 episodes from 1980 to 1982 aired a primetime special, co-star Bruce Mahler was described as "hilarious as Liberace in a Las Vegas salute to the Third World," but the only mention of David, who was 32 when the show began, was as "also in the cast." (Fellow future Seinfeld guy Michael Richards got a nod as an "outstanding original cast member.") Fridays was conceived as a knockoff of NBC's Saturday Night Live, which was going through a weak period after the departure of Lorne Michaels and the original Not Ready for Primetime Players. (David would have a tumultuous stint as an SNL writer in 1984; only one of his skits made it to air.) Fridays never came close to SNL's success, of course, but David's achievement with co-creating Seinfeld (1990-98) would more than assuage any early career bruises: His share from the sale of syndication rights is $242 million. (Jerry Seinfeld's share is $267 million.) In a Fridays skit where the Three Stooges smoke pot from an "atomic bong," David had the perfect hair to play Larry; in the Farrellys' upcoming Fox movie, he'll play Mother Mengele, head nun at the orphanage that raises the Stooges.