David's 'SNL' Experience Inspired 'Seinfeld' Episode
By Adam Buckman,
New York Post - 5/30/03
Larry David's TV career might
have ended way back in 1985 if it hadn't been for Kramer.
That would be the real Kramer
- David's then-neighbor Kenny Kramer, who gave David some timely
advice that saved his job and, possibly, paved the way for David's
two landmark sitcoms, "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your
David tells the story tonight
in a rare interview on HBO's "On the Record with Bob Costas"
David, whose series "Curb
Your Enthusiasm" is on HBO, was a writer at "Saturday
Night Live" during the 1984-85 season. He tells Costas that
one evening, just minutes before a broadcast of "SNL"
was set to begin, David became fed up with executive producer
Dick Ebersol, who had cut one of David's sketches for the fourth
David angrily quit and walked
out. On the way home, he began to regret his rash decision.
"I remember thinking halfway
[home] that it wasn't such a smart thing to do and I start adding
up the money that this little move is costing me," David
"I go home and start talking
about it with my next door neighbor, Kramer - the real Kramer
- and he was a creative guy when it came to schemes and things
like that. He said, 'Well, you know what you should do, you should
just go back and pretend the whole thing never happened.'
"I said, 'Geez, that's an
interesting idea. It never happened.'
"Monday morning I go back
into the office, they're having a meeting. I take a seat and
[Ebersol] never looked at me, never said a word to me, the writers
were looking at me like I was out of my mind, but there I was
back at work."
The rest is history. Not only
did David go on to create "Seinfeld" with his pal,
Jerry, but he adapted the quitting story for George Costanza,
who told off his boss and quit Rickbar Properties in Episode
12 of "Seinfeld" ("The Revenge," 1991), only
to return the next day as if nothing happened.