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Larry David Thought Richard Kind Was ‘Too Famous’ for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Larry David Thought Richard Kind Was ‘Too Famous’ for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

There’s a joke that Richard Kind likes to tell about himself. It goes like this.

The executive in charge of actor contracts comes home one night and asks his wife, “You know that guy who you like so much? He was on Mad About You and then you liked him on Spin City, and then he was on Curb Your Enthusiasm?” 

The man’s wife says, “Oh, I love him.” 

“Yeah. I really fucked him over today,” the man responds.

Few character actors work harder or more consistently than Kind. He had major regular roles on the sitcoms Mad About You and Spin City. He’s delivered scene-stealing performances in films like the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man and as Rudy Giuliani in last year’s Bombshell. He has lent his unmistakable voice to Pixar’s Inside Out (as the sensitive imaginary friend Bing Bong) and Netflix’s Big Mouth (as a Jewish father who can’t stomach scallops). 

And as he reveals on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast, Larry David originally thought he was “too famous” to play his cousin Andy on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Kind had to assure him that was not the case. 

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, like every other professional actor, he’s out of work and miserable. 

“It’s horrible. It really is. It’s horrible,” he tells me. “I accept every Zoom script that wants to be read. I did a workshop of a musical. I’m reading plays that may be done someday. But I really, really miss working and anybody who knows me knows that I work for work’s sake and money comes second, which is why producers get me for cheap.” 

When I ask him if he really wants to be saying that out loud, he jokes, “No, I guess not. But those bastards aren’t going to listen to this.” 

Whereas Kind is mostly known for his comedy work on TV, the theater has given him room to show off other sides of his acting ability. He knows that people will say, “Oh, that guy from Curb Your Enthusiasm is doing a play, let’s go see it,” adding, “So maybe somebody will come in because of me and I can go out on a limb and do a drama.” 

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