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Herc’s Seen The First New CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Since 2005!!

Published at: Sept. 9, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
Tonight brings “Meet the Blacks,” the first new episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in almost two years. It’s an instant classic, a five-star affair that had me laughing aloud so often I lost count of my many outbursts. “Blacks” offers, I believe, one of the funniest sight gags in the hundred-year history of filmed entertainment, a gag NBC would never have allowed David to so explicitly indulge while David was masterminding “Seinfeld.” Kudos to the “Curb” propmaster. The great Bob “I Misjudged You” Einstein is back tonight as Marty Funkhauser. Richard Lewis, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson (still sporting his “Damages” hair) are back as themselves. Vivica A. Fox is hilarious as a hot, chain-smoking hurricane survivor taken in by the Davids. Tia Carrere, who played Lewis’ hot foster daughter on “Anything But Love” 18 years ago, joins the cast as Lewis’ hot girlfriend. Here’s how HBO describes the September episodes:
SEPT. 9 - Episode #51: "Meet the Blacks." Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) talks Larry (Larry David) into adopting the Blacks (Vivica A. Fox, Ellia English, Nick Nervies, Carla Jeffrey), a family displaced by a hurricane; Larry invents the "perfect" excuse for missing a pair of parties. Directed by Larry Charles. SEPT. 16 - Episode #52: "The Anonymous Donor." The Davids and the Blacks move into a new house, and take in a new guest; Larry rewrites a dry-cleaning rule; Jeff (Jeff Garlin) finds his reputation stained; and Larry envies Ted Danson's anonymity. Directed by Robert B. Weide. SEPT. 23 - Episode #53: "The Ida Funkhouser Roadside Memorial." Larry argues with Susie (Susie Essman) and Richard Lewis over condolences, confronts a pair of "sample abusers" at an ice-cream parlor and a perfumery, and is accused of pinching flowers by Marty Funkhouser (Bob Einstein). Directed by David Mandel. SEPT. 30 - Episode #54: “The Freak Book.” Larry's regrets getting Richard Lewis' girlfriend Cha Cha (Tia Carrere) a job near the office bathroom; a waiter is doomed by a doggy-bag dispute; and Larry proves inept at "talking lefty." Directed by Alec Berg.
10 p.m. Sunday. HBO.





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  • Sept. 8, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST

    FIST

    by Edmundo

    yeah.... I'm FIST. JOIN THE WAY OF THE FIST!

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I hate sticking to my guns....

    by obiwayne

    I canceled HBO after suffering cancellations of Carnivale, Deadwood, Rome and then that horrible slap in the face Sopranos finale. This is the only thing I will really miss...thank god for DVDs.

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Damn you, shuttlepod_10!!!

    by Pennsy

    YOU STOLE MY SUBJECT LINE! ;)

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Larry will write in his separation.....

    by Loosejerk

    Although I'd keep Hines around...she's a fine MILF!

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    SUPER PUMPED for this

    by nalapou

    but trying to curb my enthusiasm... although season 5 was dreadful, i feel that larry can return to season 4 glory. can't wait!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for this...

    by Sulla

    CYE is like a rated R Seinfeld with George Costanza as the main character. Now how can ya beat that? One of the greatest comedies ever to grace television.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Finally!

    by Knthrak

    One of the best shows Ever!!!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Damnit Loosejerk! You asked my question.

    by Series7

    On another note, did anyone watch the SNL special about SNL in the 80's. Where Larry David was a writer and only got one sketch on the year he worked their. See they showed this picture of him and oh man. it was fantastic. He had this bad Jew Fro and was bald in the middle after seeing that picture I know why this guy is so pissed at life, because for an old guy he could look a lot worse but I guess in his midlife, he looks like a well someone you would laugh at, to their face.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I can't see Larry writing in his separation...

    by DanielKurland

    It'd ether be verging on too sad, or just in poor taste.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Larry is the sex.

    by oxfordruse

    Woof. I'd hit it.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 5:28 a.m. CST

    "in the hundred-year history of filmed entertainment"?

    by tonagan

    Way to raise expectations. I'll expect no less than a coronary from laughing so hard!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Who watches this crap?

    by FlandersBum

    I thought this stupid show was cancelled years ago. Overrated.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Finally, the best comedy series ever returns!

    by Klaus Herzog

    Larry is my personal god and I hope this season really delivers. Season 5 was a mixed bag, some episodes were pure genius (Kamikaze pilot, The Ski Lift), some were just dull (The bow tie, The smocking jacket). Season 6 will probably be the last season, so I hope Larry gave his very best. And regarding the separation: I think filming has wrapped on this season long before Larry and Laurie split, so I can't see it being incorporated into the show.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Yess!!! The day is finally here

    by Russman

    This so is so damn uncomfortable and funny. How can anyone not like this??!!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Anyone with decent taste in comedy watches this...

    by couP

    Larry David and Curb rulezoR!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    FlandersBum

    by NudeandAroused

    I watch it. A very funny show!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    they could just replay the old episodes

    by palewook

    since 85% of us havent seen it, these are still "new" episodes

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    great to hear their back on form

    by RockLobster800

    season 5 was cringeworthy in a bad way-I think the makers lost sight of what I thought the show was about at least. Whereas Curb always seemed to me to be about a fairly decent guy who often tried to do the right thing getting screwed over by society and minor social faux paus I think when people kept saying that Larry was an insensitive selfish asshole (which I never thought he was) they actually made him one in season 5 and that lost me completely. Seriously the first four seasons were brilliant but I was always on Larrys side, cos ya know he was usually RIGHT, (except in the "fuck hugh" episode-ya dont say that about a kids dick to his dad) but in season 5 he was constantly way of the mark. Did anyone else get that vibe or during the first four seasons did I misunderstand the show completely?

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    it won't be airing in canada for awhile

    by Charlie Murphy

    boo-urns

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    YES! great news. im there tonight. i was worried.

    by future help

    but not anymore. BRING IT LARRY!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Larry Nice/Bad

    by mayorofsmpleton

    ***Did anyone else get that vibe or during the first four seasons did I misunderstand the show completely?*** I think it's just opinion. I think Larry is a nice person who has no tact, and is a little selfish most of the time. It's like the endless Seinfeld debate "Were they horrible people or not!?" I personally felt like they usually were. They were completely self-centered and did pretty much anything/everything for personal gain. From who they dated, friends they had and even the "charity" acts they participated in felt selfish (Remember George becoming a big brother just so he could get a free trip to Paris because he lied to someone that he was moving there and wanted to send a post-card to "prove it" ?). Curb isn't far off from them, IMHO. But I do agree, Larry is still a good person at heart, and has good intentions, usually.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Seinfeld characters were definatly horrible

    by RockLobster800

    there was no doubt about that-I think there even was an episode were George is complaining about something and moans "why is this happening to me? Im a good person!" and Jerry quickly shoots back "no, you're not"......which ironically was the appeal of the show-unlike Friends which had Ross have a similar moan, but the scene was attempting to get sympathy even though by that late stage in Friends all the characters were unbearable knob ends (especially Phoebe-she started off the loveable hippie but by the last episode I was ready to put my foot through the t.v at the sound of her name). But Larry just seems to get shat on no matter what happens-the best episodes like The Dolls Head, that one were he rejects the overaged uncostumed trick or treaters or in the season 4 finale where he tries to help the couple take a photo, always has him have a world of crap at his door for either making a good point or doing nothing. Anyway-cant wait for season 6, particularly if its bette than season 5!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Flandersbum

    by MetiphisLabs

    Nice try troll.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Fuck Hugh All.

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Curb is the greatest comedy of all time.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    One of the most misspelled words in here......

    by Mister Man

    "Definitely" - there's no "a" in it, people.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    jjjjjjjjjjjjjjeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww!!!!

    by ironic_name

    betcha.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Mister Man

    by RockLobster800

    I know it, and I had a feeling I was spelling it wrong but I JUST COULDNT STOP IT!!! Translate that as I didnt want to look it up....I have no excuse either cos I read a lot and got a B in English GCSE like 4 your years ago...or 5? Im getting old (20) and therefore forgetful! Anyway, my point still stands!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this cancelled?

    by Dr Hemlock

    Two YEARS since the last new episode? ... Seriously? ... Feh, I don't care about it anymore.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    last season

    by MC-909

    last season was a bit of a let down, at least until the finale, when Cheryl was stuck in the car wash. That was pretty fucking funny, yo.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Charlie Murphy...

    by nalapou

    except on M, tonight, at 8:30, an hour and a 1/2 before it even airs in the States... that's what you meant by 'a while', right?

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Nah, lots of people don't like this show

    by FlandersBum

    One of those shows that supposidly only the 'enlightened' folks get. He's celebrated in the media! He goes to all the right parties! He gets all the right awards! All of us who think it's no good are clearly 'inferior' and 'unintelligent'. Or maybe the show just isn't funny.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Come on, guys...

    by DanielKurland

    "The Ski Lift" may be the best episode of the series.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 5:39 p.m. CST

    nalapou

    by Charlie Murphy

    is it the new episode? i thought showcase was the only canadian channel that aired it...

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    and DanielKurland...

    by Charlie Murphy

    "Wandering Bear" is certainly in the running.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    "all the right parties"

    by wilsonfisk89

    haha what flanders? Larry David goes to all the right parties. haha ok

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Does It Involve...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... astounding coincidences and ironic comeuppances, like every single other episode of CYE and Seinfeld ever? Quelle surprise!

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 9:05 p.m. CST

    In Canada...

    by DanielKurland

    The Movie Network, the Canadian equivalent to HBO will air the new episode tonight, however those without specialty cable will have to wait for Showcase to air it, which will be over a year from now, if ever. I'd be more concerned about if some Canadian equivalent is going to air the new Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes...

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Herc, are you on crack?

    by Smerdyakov

    Where's the funny? Where THE GREATEST SIGHT GAG EVER? This episode sucked moose dick.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Nobody thinks you're inferior for not liking Curb...

    by smackfu

    just an asshole...

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    A penis cake?

    by Smerdyakov

    That is so 1980's.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Let me get this straight

    by Charlie Murphy

    i have Movie Central, not the Movie Network. is this a different province sorta thing? is Central the poor man's version of Network, cause I shell out twenty bucks a month for it. that sucks, Central isn't airing it. and showcase is perhaps the most pitiful excuse for a tv station ever, unless you're into half rate softcore porn or ten year old episodes of Oz. Daniel, you are right about It's Always Sunny. I'd never heard of the show until a few weeks ago when some guys in a talkback were getting hyped about the dvd. I blind bought it, and of course loved it, and can't wait for new stuff. The Showcase "Sunny" page is pretty shitty and it's no where on the schedule.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Strange that other provinces of Canada...

    by DanielKurland

    would have variant names for what should essentially be the same channel...yet it's airing less.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    black cock cake!

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    lol

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 5:21 a.m. CST

    FlandersBum, Insider Hollywood Jew show

    by EvilWizardGlick

    The show is geared for the narrow group of Insider Hollywood Jews. <p> If you are part of the "business" you get it. If you live in Hollywood you get it. If you are a Hollywood Jew you get it. <p> I'm waiting for the Velvet Mafia sitcom aimed at the Gay Hollywood Insider Powerbroker community.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    It's pretty good.

    by Rickerkioz

    Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Michael Richards should cameo

    by Musicballs

    Seriously. With this season focusing on the black family, it'd be perfect.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    THE TALKBACKS...

    by cocolopez

    ...on this site have gotten so horrendous. There really are too many life-frustrated geeks here. Complaining about Curb and saying it's only for Hollywood types and jews? They should get rid of the Talkback function now. It's all pissing and moaning from puss caked pimply bitches who wouldn't know quality from sun spoiled dog shit.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Dear Flanders

    by MetiphisLabs

    HAHAHAHAAHAHA. Oh my. Sincerely, The rest of us.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Married with Children

    by abner pepper

    Seinfeld,CYE. All had a massive streak of cruely running through them with no bullshit happy ending like Friends.I could piss on that programme.It will be repeated forever and ever and ever...............................................................

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Tia Carrere!!

    by tendermelon

    Holy crap I was watching Waynes World yesterday for the first time in years and I realized how much I miss her.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Great episode!

    by Sulla

    "It's like if my name was Larry Jew" Haha. Seems like Larry is back in full form, already setting a better pace than season 5, which I also loved but that's another story. I wonder just how long the Blacks will be hanging around this season. And yes, this is a PERFECT segway for a Michael Richards cameo.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    prettay.. pretttaayyyyyyy

    by ironic_name

    preeeeeetttttttttaaaaaaaayyyyyyy good.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Ive never related to a character more than seeing David

    by TheRealSeveren

    attack that smoke detector in the middle of the night! Hilarious.

  • Sept. 10, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST

    FINALLY!!!

    by BigBlackDude

    The funniest show on TV has returned. Boy I can't wait to laugh and lust over Larry's sexy ass wife again.

  • Sept. 11, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST

    May be more seasons of CYE

    by Poloboy

    I heard an interview with Cheryl Hines and she said that most of the actors want Larry to keep writing more seasons of CYE. She said she felt they had just ,"reached their stride", or something to that effect, and had many more stories to tell. I hope Larry decides to keep the series going for a few more seasons!

  • Sept. 11, 2007, 4:19 a.m. CST

    100% classic CYE

    by prbt

    Who couldn't love this?

  • Sept. 11, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    10 Seasons

    by cocolopez

    would be choice. 100 episodes? That'd be the way to end it- with Jerry Seinfeld on the 10th season. Do it Larry.

  • Sept. 11, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    this episode was...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    pretty, pretty, pretty good.

  • Sept. 11, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    A penis-shaped cake is one of the greatest sight gags..

    by Flim_

    ...in the history of filmed entertainment?<br /><br />Not really.

  • Sept. 12, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    you hyped it way too much, Herc...

    by couP

    I got to the end of the ep, and then had to think about what qualified as THE GREATEST SIGHT GAG IN THE HISTORY OF FILMED ENTERTAINMENT [or whatever it was]. <p></p>It was good, just not THAT good. The ep itself was awesome. I am so with Larry on going for Cha Cha in the newlywed game.

  • Sept. 12, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    look at Larry's "Cha Cha" problem...

    by BizarroJerry

    A perfect example of him getting screwed by everyone else. The question was like, who, besides your wife would you wanna sleep with. Larry actually answers honestly and gets in trouble. Everyone else gives their bullshit answers and says they wouldn't ever do it.<p> All that said, last year and this first episode are not as funny as the show once was, but it's still damn funny. The penis cake wasn't any shocking or hilarious to me. Big deal. But it's not a matter of "getting it". I hate these comedy arguments on these talkbacks. This show's humor is just not for everybody. And, I don't know if our antisemitic friend was kidding, but I find the show funny and I've never even been to the state of California, let alone Hollywood, and since I'm catholic, I don't think I can qualify as a Jew, can I?<p> One thought this show constantly puts in my head, is what would "Seinfeld" have been like on HBO? I can just imagine a George Costanza tirade that could include the phrase "mother fucker". "We had a goddamn pact!" "Fuck you and your pact!" The Contest episode wouldn't have needed any euphemisms. And we could've even seen Elaine lose that particular contest. Oh, the possibilities...

  • Sept. 12, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Can't watch Richard Lewis.

    by Smerdyakov

    God, what a pathetic wreck. A comedian who never was remotely funny. No wonder he became a alcoholic. Last season was the perfect role for him, a sick guy who looks like he's been dead for three weeks.

  • Sept. 12, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I too was fooled into thinking.....

    by AARONIUS

    That Larry was a sympathetic character. I loved the show when I first started watching it, but after a while it became apparent that Larry was a MAJOR jerk, and I felt nothing for his problematic life because he causes all of it. Was Costanza a jerk? Sometimes but I at least felt some pity for him every once in a while. Maybe Jason Alexander is just a better actor?

  • Sept. 12, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Oh. My. God.

    by Dapper Swindler

    I had no idea they were even bringing this show back! And I love this show! How could I be so out of the loop? I refresh this site every 10 minutes.

  • Sept. 12, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    AARONIUS

    by BizarroJerry

    It was easier to pity George because for the most part, he was sort of a loser. Larry David as "himself", however, is a rich guy with a hot wife who pretends to have problems. Sure, he's selfish and generally a jerk, and hates the obligations of society. He always wants to know, "Why do I have to do that? Who's rule is that?" He doesn't want to be bothered by people to do things, which are all the little chores that everyone does, is forced to do, and often SHOULD do. Like the party in this episode. Like sometimes happens to everyone, he doesn't want to go the party. But, instead of just going and dealing with not wanting to be there, like most people do, Larry just lies to get out of it. Why should he have to go if he doesn't want to? The little rules of life were one of George's pet peeves, too. Why does he have always bring something to a party, why does he have to buy people gifts, etc. The character "Larry David" is like George in the real world, if he were successful. Also, on the show, Larry really does no work of any kind, ever.<p> But, some of Larry's problems, moreso in the earlier seasons, were misunderstandings, people getting mad at him for doing things he didn't know were bad, etc. <p> And so ends my far too detailed character analysis.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Yeah, BizarroJerry I understand what you mean.....

    by AARONIUS

    But for me I think the show would be much funnier if I could sympathize more with Larry instead of thinking, dude I just want to punch him in the face LOL.