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Bunji Garlin

Biography

Reggae, dancehall, and soca musician who became a multi-time champ from the Soca Monarch Music Competition. He was created in Trinidad and Tobago to a family group of Venezuelan and Saint Lucian descent. His delivery name is normally Ian Alvarez. His melody “Brrt” was applied to the soundtrack from the Grand Theft Car IV gaming. He wedded Fay Ann Lyons, a soca musician as well as the little girl of soca superstar, Superblue, in 2006. Garlin’s cousin, Patrice Roberts, often performed with the favorite vocalist Machel Montano.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bunji Garlin
Date Of Birth July 14, 1978
Place Of Birth Trinidad And Tobago
Height 1.85 m
Profession Reggae Singer
Education University of Miami, Broward College, Nova High School
Nationality Trinidadian, American
Spouse Fay-Ann Lyons, Marla Garlin
Children James Garlin, Duke Garlin
Parents Carole Garlin, Gene Garlin
Awards Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Comedy
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Best Documentary
Movies WALL-E, Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie, Daddy Day Care, Toy Story 3, ParaNorman, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Dealin' with Idiots, Laggies, The Rocker, The Bounty Hunter, Cars 2, Sleepover, Safety Not Guaranteed, Strange Wilderness, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot, This Filthy World, Hawaiian Vacation, RoboCop 3, Adventures in the Sin Bin, Little Big League, Senseless, After the Sunset, The Jimmy/Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators, BURN-E, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Love Bug, Lemon, Outing Riley, Young & Handsome: An Evening with Jeff Garlin, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Roast of Bob Saget: Uncensored Extended, Breakup in a Noisy Diner, Keeper of the Pinstripes, A Handsome Mystery Movie: "A Lil Dab'll Do Ya"
TV Shows What About Joan?, Bringing up Jack, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs, Friday Night Videos
Star Sign Cancer

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
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  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1Stars in Direct TV's NFL Sunday Ticket commercials. [June 2005]
2An avid photographer, Jeff loves to shoot candid, un-posed, available-light pictures with his Leica M-series Rangefinder cameras.
3Is a huge baseball fan.
4Jeff Garlin actually had a stroke just prior to the filming of Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) and has noted, himself during the commentary, that in the early episodes, he would slur his words or phrases due to the temporary physical impairment.
5Is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He has sung "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" multiple times, including in the 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons.
6Is a Chicago Bears fan.
7Lived with Conan O'Brien in Chicago, next to Wrigley Field.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sleepover2004Jay
Crank Yankers2003TV SeriesJeff
Daddy Day Care2003Phil
Greetings from Tucson2003TV SeriesExecutive
Everybody Loves Raymond2001-2003TV SeriesProduce Manager Jimmy / Jimmy
Naked Movie2002Writer #1
King of the Hill2002TV SeriesDan
Full Frontal2002Harvey, probably
The Third Wheel2002Office worker (uncredited)
Run Ronnie Run2002Birthday Woman's friend
Dead Last2001TV SeriesRon Belson
Three Sisters2001TV SeriesJoel
Late Friday2001TV SeriesHost
Self Storage2000ShortDuncan Baumgartner
What About Joan2000TV SeriesSteinie (2001-2002)
The Michael Richards Show2000TV SeriesEd
Bounce2000Emcee
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm1999TV MovieJeff Greene
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me1999Cyclops
Mad About You1997-1999TV SeriesMarvin
Senseless1998Arlo Vickers
The Love Bug1997TV MovieHighway Patrolman
Blade Runner1997Video GameLieutenant Edison Guzza / Early Q Bartender (voice)
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1997TV SeriesJeff
Gross Ratings1996ShortJack Bekins
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes1995TV MovieAgent Reese
Baywatch1994TV SeriesLarry 'Loomin' Large
Little Big League1994Opposing Little League Manager
RoboCop 31993Donut Jerk
Hero1992/INews Vendor
Straight Talk1992Bob
Open House1990TV SeriesBrian
Dear John1989TV SeriesDeliveryman
Roseanne1989TV SeriesFred
Spring Break1983Gut Gut (uncredited)
Toy Story 42019pre-productionButtercup (voice)
Handsome2017post-productionGene Handsome
Lemon2017completedGuy Roach
Becoming Bond2017post-productionHarry
The Goldbergs2013-2016TV SeriesMurray Goldberg
Family Guy2014TV SeriesJeff Garlin
2 Broke Girls2014TV SeriesDavid
Laggies2014Ed
Dealin' with Idiots2013Max Morris
Arrested Development2005-2013TV SeriesMort Meyers
Maron2013TV SeriesJeff Garlin
ParaNorman2012Perry Babcock (voice)
Adventures in the Sin Bin2012Dean Theatard
Dr. Roberts2012Video short
Safety Not Guaranteed2012Mr. Britt
Community2011TV SeriesJeff Garlin
Curb Your Enthusiasm2000-2011TV SeriesJeff Greene
Cars 22011Otis (voice)
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation2011ShortButtercup (voice)
Entourage2010TV SeriesRoger
Toy Story 3: The Video Game2010Video GameButtercup (voice)
Toy Story 32010Buttercup (voice)
The Bus2010/IIShort
Wizards of Waverly Place2008-2010TV SeriesUncle Kelbo
The Bounty Hunter2010/ISid
Princess Protection Program2009TV MovieBowling Alley Guy (uncredited)
Nick's Big Show2009TV Mini-Series short
Burn-E2008ShortCaptain (voice, uncredited)
The Life & Times of Tim2008TV Series
WALL·E2008Video GameCaptain (voice)
WALL·E2008Captain (voice)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2008TV SeriesBarry Freeburg
The Rocker2008Stan
Toy Story Midway Mania!2008ShortButtercup (voice)
Strange Wilderness2008Ed Lawson
American Loser2007Lenny
Shorty McShorts' Shorts2007TV SeriesDuke
The Jeff Garlin Program2006TV MovieJeff
Campus Ladies2006TV SeriesMr. Hubney
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators!2006TV MovieVillain (voice)
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With2006James Aaron
Hooked2006/IShortMr. Waterhouse
MADtv2005TV SeriesHank Whitley
Yes, Dear2005TV SeriesHowie
Duck Dodgers2005TV SeriesCamoman
Tom Goes to the Mayor2004TV SeriesPat Croce
Fat Albert2004Jer (uncredited)
After the Sunset2004Ron
If Dad Only Knew2004Partner in Architects' Firm (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handsome2017executive producer post-production
Finding Vivian Maier2013Documentary executive producer
Curb Your Enthusiasm2000-2011TV Series executive producer - 80 episodes
Young and Handsome: A Night with Jeff Garlin2009executive producer
The Jeff Garlin Program2006TV Movie executive producer
This Filthy World2006Documentary producer
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With2006producer
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm1999TV Movie executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handsome2017post-production
Dealin' with Idiots2013
Dr. Roberts2012Video short
The Bus2010/IIShort
Breakup in a Noisy Diner2010Video short
This Filthy World2006Documentary
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With2006
Curb Your Enthusiasm2001TV Series 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handsome2017writer post-production
Dealin' with Idiots2013written by
Dr. Roberts2012Video short
Breakup in a Noisy Diner2010Video short
Young and Handsome: A Night with Jeff Garlin2009
The Jeff Garlin Program2006TV Movie
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With2006written by
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist1997TV Series additional material - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The GoldbergsTV Series 1 episode, 2014 performer - 2 episodes, 2013

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MTV Video Music Awards 19981998TV Special consultant
Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load1997TV Movie special contributor
Jon Stewart: Unleavened1996TV Movie consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Goldbergs: An '80s Rewind2016TV Movie thanks
Sleepwalk with Me2012the filmmakers wish to thank
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater2011Video documentary thanks
Super 82011thanks
Capitalism: A Love Story2009Documentary special thanks
The Party2009Short special thanks
Tom Goes to the Mayor2005TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio2017DocumentaryHimself
Conan2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin2015TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The View2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest Comic
The Daily Show2000-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Repeat After Me2015TV SeriesHimself
Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro2015DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015TV SeriesHimself
The Rich Eisen Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2014TV SeriesHimself - The Goldbergs
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!2013TV SeriesHimself
The Pete Holmes Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In Bed with Joan2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story2013DocumentaryHimself
In a World...2013Himself (uncredited)
On Begley Street2013TV SeriesHimself
Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion & Sex2012TV MovieHimself - Panelist
Larry Wilmore Talks About Race, Religion and Sex in Utah2012TV MovieHimself - Panelist
BarFly2011TV SeriesHimself
The Soup2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
Pixar: 25 Magic Moments2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Captain' - Wall-E
Toy Story 3: The Gang's All Here2010Video documentary shortHimself / Buttercup
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education2010TV MovieHimself
Curb: The Discussion2010TV SeriesHimself
25 Things You Didn't Know About Curb Your Enthusiasm2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Young and Handsome: A Night with Jeff Garlin2009Himself
Million Dollar Password2009TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
We Believe2009DocumentaryHimself
7th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2009TV MovieHimself
Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget2008TV SpecialHimself - Saul Schwartz - Roaster
The Instant Talk Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993-2008TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Guest
Cubs Forever: Celebrating 60 Years of WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1998-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Chasing October2007DocumentaryHimself
Fired!2007DocumentaryHimself
Talkshow with Spike Feresten2006TV SeriesHimself
Wait 'Til Next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: Even Further2006Video documentary shortHimself / Jeff Greene
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: So Far2006Video documentary shortHimself / Jeff Greene
Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work2006TV MovieHimself - Host
Bash2006TV MovieHimself
Weekends at the DL2005TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tom Goes to the Mayor2005TV SeriesHimself
Before, During and 'After the Sunset'2005Video documentaryHimself
Dinner for Five2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
A Comic's Climb at the USCAF2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Celebrity Poker Showdown2004TV SeriesHimself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHimself
Whose Curse Is Worse?: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
VH1 Big in 032003TV SpecialHimself
MADtv2003TV SeriesHimself
Ask Rita2003TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary2003TV MovieHimself - Host
HBO Comedy Half-Hour1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
Stand-Up Spotlight1988TV Series documentaryGuest comedian

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1)2009VideoHimself (segment "A Change Would Do You Good")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David
· Robert B. Weide
· Tim Gibbons
2003PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David
· Robert B. Weide
· Tim Gibbons

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Erin O'Malley
· Jeff Schaffer
· Laura Streicher
· Tim Gibbons
· Larry Charles
· David Mandel
· Larry David
· Alec Berg
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Alec Berg (executive producer)
· David Mandel (executive producer)
· Jeff Schaffer (executive producer)
· Larry Charles (executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (executive producer)
· Erin O'Malley (executive producer)
· Laura Streicher (producer)
2012Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceSafety Not Guaranteed (2012)· Aubrey Plaza
· Mark Duplass
· Jake Johnson
· Karan Soni
· Jenica Bergere
· Kristen Bell
· Mary Lynn Rajskub
2011PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Alec Berg
· Larry David
· Tim Gibbons
· David Mandel
· Erin O'Malley
· Jeff Schaffer
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Alec Berg (executive producer)
· Larry David (executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (executive producer)
· David Mandel (executive producer)
· Erin O'Malley (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Jeff Schaffer (executive producer)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David
· Susie Essman
· Cheryl Hines
2009PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David
· Tim Gibbons
· Erin O'Malley
· Alec Berg
· David Mandel
· Jeff Schaffer
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Alec Berg (executive producer)
· David Mandel (executive producer)
· Jeff Schaffer (executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (executive producer)
· Erin O'Malley (produced by)
2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
2007PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, ComedyCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David
· Robert B. Weide
· Larry Charles
· Tim Gibbons
· Erin O'Malley
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Robert B. Weide (executive producer)
· Larry Charles (executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (co-executive producer)
· Erin O'Malley (produced by)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Shelley Berman
· Larry David
· Susie Essman
· Cheryl Hines
· Richard Lewis
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Robert B. Weide (executive producer)
· Larry Charles (executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (produced by)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Robert B. Weide (co-executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (producer)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (2000)· Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Robert B. Weide (co-executive producer)
· Sandy Chanley (co-executive producer)
· Tom Bull (producer)

TitleSalary
The Goldbergs (2013)$60,000 per episode (2013-2014)

#Quote
1(2007, on his role in Baywatch (1989)) I was at a wedding, and one of the producers of Baywatch (1989) was an uncle of the gal getting married. I mean the girl getting married. "Gal". I sound like I'm 90. Anyway, he said to me that he produced Baywatch (1989), and I said, "I love that show! Pretty colors and bosoms, what more do you need?" And he said "Would you ever be on it?" And I said, "I'd love to be on Baywatch!" So they wrote a part for me as an evil disc jockey who takes over the beach, and I worked with Pamela Anderson. I remember I had to do a fantasy sequence with her, and I was supposed to kiss her. It was the first day of working, and I also had just gotten married the week before. And I moved out to L.A. just that week. And here I am, on a beach, in a Baywatch bathing suit, running in slow motion on the beach, with Pamela Anderson. And we're supposed to kiss, and she didn't want to kiss me. But at the end of the week, she goes, "I really like you, I'd so totally kiss you now". I'm actually happy the way it worked out.
2(2007, on Daddy Day Care (2003)) I was in my late 30s, and I'd done Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), and I was sort of settled into the way my career and life were going to be. And I'd had some health problems. I remember driving and seeing a big billboard in L.A. for an Eddie Murphy movie, and thinking, "Wow, I guess I'll never be able to star in a movie with Eddie Murphy", you know? And then a year later, I found myself on a set co-starring with Eddie Murphy. And he let me do most of the funny stuff, which surprised me. He was really generous. And I think he's the funniest person I've ever worked with. What I mean by that is: I'm very confident in my comedic ability. I think I'm very funny. And something would happen on the set, and I'd think of something funny to say, and before I could say anything, around the time I would think it, Eddie would say something. And I'm not exaggerating when I say this: A hundred out of a hundred times, what he said was funnier than what I was going to say. There was not even once where I went, "Oh, mine was funnier". No, he was funnier every single time. That really blew my mind.
3(2007, on turning down the sequel to Daddy Day Care (2003)) I have to be blunt. They wanted me for the sequel, but they didn't offer me enough money. And if I'm gonna be in a big piece of shit like that, I'm gonna need a lot of money. By the way, if they had offered me a lot of money, they could have made the movie even stinkier, and I still would've done it.
4(2007, on Arrested Development (2003)) Years and years ago, I had a deal with a company called Witt-Thomas to do a television series for Fox, and they were going to team me up with Mitchell Hurwitz. You know, I'm a young comedian, he's a young writer, and they were going to team us up to create a TV show. I had specific ideas of what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to write a part for my friend Amy Sedaris, who nobody knew at the time. And Mitch, God bless him, said, "Yeah, let's do it. Let's write it together". I go, "Together?!" Because back then, people didn't do that. A writer wrote it for you, and that was it. And when he said that, I think the studio freaked out, and they split us up. They put him on The Golden Palace (1992), which was the sequel to The Golden Girls (1985). And then they put me with this other writer who didn't see things my way, and it was really a horrible experience. So it took all these years later before I got a phone call asking if I wanted to be on Arrested Development (2003). When I got the phone call, I still hadn't seen Arrested Development (2003). I went out and got the DVDs shortly thereafter, and I became a freak for the show. It's still one of my all-time favorite shows, and the idea that I was on that show is amazing to me. What an honor. And God, I loved every second of it.
5(2007) Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), I don't look back on fondly, though I got to meet Téa Leoni and hang out with her, and she's one of the coolest people I've ever worked with. I signed on to play Téa Leoni's old boyfriend, and we filmed a few different scenes, and they showed it for test audiences, and the audiences liked my character, so they were upset when Dick and Jane robbed me. And I thought, "Well, when they rob people, you should be upset. They're desperate". But, they decided to make me do re-shoots, which were unpleasant. They wrote the part for me originally, and it was supposed be fun, but it ended up being a huge pain in my butt. And it became, of all things, a huge hit.
6(2007, on Little Big League (1994)) I was cast out of Chicago. I hadn't done a lot of movie roles, so it was fun, even though it was small and there wasn't a lot to do. I just liked being on a movie set. I was there for probably a week. I've never seen the movie. Which is really... I mean, on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), I'm an executive producer, so I see all of them, but for the most part, unless it's my project? Something like, where I'm a producer? I don't watch it.
7(2007, on Mad About You (1992)) I had just gotten done telling my agent that I didn't want to do any auditions unless I had more time to prepare. I didn't want to go on any more same-day auditions. So they call me for a same-day audition for Mad About You (1992), and I don't know why I said yes, but I did. It was this pretty big role, and I auditioned. Had a great audition, got the part, and when I went to report for work the first day, the character was down to one line. They said they were sorry, and-you never hear of this happening, but they were more than happy to pay me and cast somebody else, because they didn't want to insult me. But I wasn't any big deal, so I said, "No, I'll stick with it, what the heck". I wasn't doing anything else. And the producers, when they were watching us rehearse, they said, "We feel like we've got some sort of chemistry here, so we're going to come up with more for you". And they came up with a lot more. From this one little part, one line, one time only, I ended up being on the show for the last three years...I was working. That's really all it did for my career. I gained experience, and it was a very pleasurable experience. But it didn't do much in terms of the industry taking notice, if you will. I didn't get recognized a lot from it.
8(2007, on The Michael Richards Show (2000)) That was, ah, not very enjoyable. I kind of clashed with Michael all week, because when you're an actor, you make choices, depending on your part, and I'm a pretty naturalistic actor, and he kept telling the director to tone me down, which I found very strange. Because I was getting laughs, and he didn't like that, I don't think. When we were done with shooting, I remember him getting up and thanking me for coming, and he hoped I'd had a good time. And I was rather shocked by that, and then I found out later that somebody told him to go do that. Now, that being said, I also want to say that I saw him do stand-up numerous times. I'm a big fan. I was a big fan of his on Seinfeld (1989), and a lot of his stand-up was really, really funny.
9(2007, on Michael Richards infamous comedy club meltdown) You know, I had stopped playing that club a while before that happened to Michael. I'd been on the same bill with him before at The Comedy Store, and two months before, he had his problem-I'm not even making this up-there was a night when the audience was 90 percent underage Korean kids. Now at the time, I'm probably a 43-year-old Jewish man. What living experience do I have to share with a room full of drunk Korean kids with fake IDs? As they say in Sweden, it's just not my audience. I'm having trouble as it is, and then behind me, one of the kids gets up onstage and starts taking pictures of his friends, from the stage. I felt something behind me, I turned around, and I came so close to punching this kid, just out of reflex, you know? But instead of punching him, I did what Michael Richards should have done. I put the mic down, and I walked out, and I never went back. When you allow 18-year-olds in the club, you know there are 16- and 17-year-olds there too, so you know that's not a good place to do comedy. So when Michael went up there, I'm sure he was very frustrated, and thought he was being interesting with his choices. I don't know that he thought he was being funny, but he thought he was being interesting and obviously said the most ignorant things he could possibly say. And now he's out of show business.
10(2007, on After the Sunset (2004)) I had met Brett Ratner before, and he called and said, "Would you come down? This movie's not as funny as I thought it would be, and I want you to be in the beginning of the movie and try to help to liven it up". That was one of those moments when a director just says, "Do whatever you want, have a good time". Which I completely did. And I was taken aback by what a really wonderful guy Pierce Brosnan is. Really a great guy. Every bit of my comedy-every nuance-he was totally hip to what I was talking about. 'Cause I was really just fucking around.
11When referring to performing his lines after having had a stroke before the filming of Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000): "By the way, I'm convinced - no kidding around - that I got better faster because of the show; because I had to say things like that".
12It used to be that people thought I was Norm from Cheers (1982). Ten years ago everyone would say that to me. Then, in the last year, I was at a newsstand in Studio City, and I saw George Wendt. He said he had just gone on an audition, and they said they were looking for a Jeff Garlin type.


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