Larry David, the comedian whose petty neuroticism has fueled two generations of influential comedy, is heading to Broadway on March 5. The New York Times reports that David has written and will act in his first stage play, “Fish in the Dark," which is about "a death in the family." David, who admits that "I'm not even really an actor," will nonetheless play “somebody very similar to Larry David – it might even be Larry David with a different name."
There are few other details about the play (though rumors of Jerry Seinfeld's participation have been dismissed), and David's acolytes are wondering: What will a live performance put on by David, starring David, look like? The best indicator, of course, is a review of some of David's past performances -- both candid, on film, and in TV. Here are 5 clips that show us what it might be like to see Larry David "acting":
He'll deliver the line "fuckin' asshole" with crushing gravitas:
The insults he lobs at other characters will rival Shakespeare's:
And his stare-downs will be epic:
Here he is playing "Boris," a retired quantum physicist and divorced chess teacher in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works." It is at once very unconvincing and very charming:
In other words, this play can't not be great: