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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

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#Fact
1 Stars in Direct TV's NFL Sunday Ticket commercials. [June 2005]
2 An avid photographer, Jeff loves to shoot candid, un-posed, available-light pictures with his Leica M-series Rangefinder cameras.
3 Is a huge baseball fan.
4 Jeff 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.
5 Is 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.
6 Is a Chicago Bears fan.
7 Lived with Conan O'Brien in Chicago, next to Wrigley Field.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sleepover 2004 Jay
Crank Yankers 2003 TV Series Jeff
Daddy Day Care 2003 Phil
Greetings from Tucson 2003 TV Series Executive
Everybody Loves Raymond 2001-2003 TV Series Produce Manager Jimmy / Jimmy
Naked Movie 2002 Writer #1
King of the Hill 2002 TV Series Dan
Full Frontal 2002 Harvey, probably
The Third Wheel 2002 Office worker (uncredited)
Run Ronnie Run 2002 Birthday Woman's friend
Dead Last 2001 TV Series Ron Belson
Three Sisters 2001 TV Series Joel
Late Friday 2001 TV Series Host
Self Storage 2000 Short Duncan Baumgartner
What About Joan 2000 TV Series Steinie (2001-2002)
The Michael Richards Show 2000 TV Series Ed
Bounce 2000 Emcee
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm 1999 TV Movie Jeff Greene
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 Cyclops
Mad About You 1997-1999 TV Series Marvin
Senseless 1998 Arlo Vickers
The Love Bug 1997 TV Movie Highway Patrolman
Blade Runner 1997 Video Game Lieutenant Edison Guzza / Early Q Bartender (voice)
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist 1997 TV Series Jeff
Gross Ratings 1996 Short Jack Bekins
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes 1995 TV Movie Agent Reese
Baywatch 1994 TV Series Larry 'Loomin' Large
Little Big League 1994 Opposing Little League Manager
RoboCop 3 1993 Donut Jerk
Hero 1992/I News Vendor
Straight Talk 1992 Bob
Open House 1990 TV Series Brian
Dear John 1989 TV Series Deliveryman
Roseanne 1989 TV Series Fred
Spring Break 1983 Gut Gut (uncredited)
Toy Story 4 2019 pre-production Buttercup (voice)
Handsome 2017 post-production Gene Handsome
Lemon 2017 completed Guy Roach
Becoming Bond 2017 post-production Harry
The Goldbergs 2013-2016 TV Series Murray Goldberg
Family Guy 2014 TV Series Jeff Garlin
2 Broke Girls 2014 TV Series David
Laggies 2014 Ed
Dealin' with Idiots 2013 Max Morris
Arrested Development 2005-2013 TV Series Mort Meyers
Maron 2013 TV Series Jeff Garlin
ParaNorman 2012 Perry Babcock (voice)
Adventures in the Sin Bin 2012 Dean Theatard
Dr. Roberts 2012 Video short
Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 Mr. Britt
Community 2011 TV Series Jeff Garlin
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000-2011 TV Series Jeff Greene
Cars 2 2011 Otis (voice)
Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation 2011 Short Buttercup (voice)
Entourage 2010 TV Series Roger
Toy Story 3: The Video Game 2010 Video Game Buttercup (voice)
Toy Story 3 2010 Buttercup (voice)
The Bus 2010/II Short
Wizards of Waverly Place 2008-2010 TV Series Uncle Kelbo
The Bounty Hunter 2010/I Sid
Princess Protection Program 2009 TV Movie Bowling Alley Guy (uncredited)
Nick's Big Show 2009 TV Mini-Series short
Burn-E 2008 Short Captain (voice, uncredited)
The Life & Times of Tim 2008 TV Series
WALL·E 2008 Video Game Captain (voice)
WALL·E 2008 Captain (voice)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2008 TV Series Barry Freeburg
The Rocker 2008 Stan
Toy Story Midway Mania! 2008 Short Buttercup (voice)
Strange Wilderness 2008 Ed Lawson
American Loser 2007 Lenny
Shorty McShorts' Shorts 2007 TV Series Duke
The Jeff Garlin Program 2006 TV Movie Jeff
Campus Ladies 2006 TV Series Mr. Hubney
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators! 2006 TV Movie Villain (voice)
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With 2006 James Aaron
Hooked 2006/I Short Mr. Waterhouse
MADtv 2005 TV Series Hank Whitley
Yes, Dear 2005 TV Series Howie
Duck Dodgers 2005 TV Series Camoman
Tom Goes to the Mayor 2004 TV Series Pat Croce
Fat Albert 2004 Jer (uncredited)
After the Sunset 2004 Ron
If Dad Only Knew 2004 Partner in Architects' Firm (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handsome 2017 executive producer post-production
Finding Vivian Maier 2013 Documentary executive producer
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000-2011 TV Series executive producer - 80 episodes
Young and Handsome: A Night with Jeff Garlin 2009 executive producer
The Jeff Garlin Program 2006 TV Movie executive producer
This Filthy World 2006 Documentary producer
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With 2006 producer
Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm 1999 TV Movie executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handsome 2017 post-production
Dealin' with Idiots 2013
Dr. Roberts 2012 Video short
The Bus 2010/II Short
Breakup in a Noisy Diner 2010 Video short
This Filthy World 2006 Documentary
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With 2006
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2001 TV Series 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handsome 2017 writer post-production
Dealin' with Idiots 2013 written by
Dr. Roberts 2012 Video short
Breakup in a Noisy Diner 2010 Video short
Young and Handsome: A Night with Jeff Garlin 2009
The Jeff Garlin Program 2006 TV Movie
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With 2006 written by
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist 1997 TV Series additional material - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

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

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MTV Video Music Awards 1998 1998 TV Special consultant
Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load 1997 TV Movie special contributor
Jon Stewart: Unleavened 1996 TV Movie consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Goldbergs: An '80s Rewind 2016 TV Movie thanks
Sleepwalk with Me 2012 the filmmakers wish to thank
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater 2011 Video documentary thanks
Super 8 2011 thanks
Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 Documentary special thanks
The Party 2009 Short special thanks
Tom Goes to the Mayor 2005 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio 2017 Documentary Himself
Conan 2011-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Talk 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
Access Hollywood Live 2015 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin 2015 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The View 2014-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Comic
The Daily Show 2000-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Repeat After Me 2015 TV Series Himself
Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro 2015 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2015 TV Series Himself
The Rich Eisen Show 2014 TV Series Himself
The Chew 2014 TV Series Himself - The Goldbergs
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Day L.A. 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! 2013 TV Series Himself
The Pete Holmes Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Larry King Now 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
In Bed with Joan 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story 2013 Documentary Himself
In a World... 2013 Himself (uncredited)
On Begley Street 2013 TV Series Himself
Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion & Sex 2012 TV Movie Himself - Panelist
Larry Wilmore Talks About Race, Religion and Sex in Utah 2012 TV Movie Himself - Panelist
BarFly 2011 TV Series Himself
The Soup 2009-2011 TV Series Himself
Pixar: 25 Magic Moments 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself - 'Captain' - Wall-E
Toy Story 3: The Gang's All Here 2010 Video documentary short Himself / Buttercup
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education 2010 TV Movie Himself
Curb: The Discussion 2010 TV Series Himself
25 Things You Didn't Know About Curb Your Enthusiasm 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Young and Handsome: A Night with Jeff Garlin 2009 Himself
Million Dollar Password 2009 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Guest
We Believe 2009 Documentary Himself
7th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards 2009 TV Movie Himself
Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget 2008 TV Special Himself - Saul Schwartz - Roaster
The Instant Talk Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993-2008 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Guest
Cubs Forever: Celebrating 60 Years of WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Speechless 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1998-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Chasing October 2007 Documentary Himself
Fired! 2007 Documentary Himself
Talkshow with Spike Feresten 2006 TV Series Himself
Wait 'Til Next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: Even Further 2006 Video documentary short Himself / Jeff Greene
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: So Far 2006 Video documentary short Himself / Jeff Greene
Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work 2006 TV Movie Himself - Host
Bash 2006 TV Movie Himself
Weekends at the DL 2005 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2004-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Tom Goes to the Mayor 2005 TV Series Himself
Before, During and 'After the Sunset' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Dinner for Five 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
A Comic's Climb at the USCAF 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Celebrity Poker Showdown 2004 TV Series Himself
Dennis Miller 2004 TV Series Himself
Whose Curse Is Worse?: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
VH1 Big in 03 2003 TV Special Himself
MADtv 2003 TV Series Himself
Ask Rita 2003 TV Series Himself
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2003 TV Movie Himself - Host
HBO Comedy Half-Hour 1997-1998 TV Series Himself
Stand-Up Spotlight 1988 TV Series documentary Guest comedian

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

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

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Larry David
· Robert B. Weide
· Tim Gibbons
2003 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Larry David
· Robert B. Weide
· Tim Gibbons

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Erin O'Malley
· Jeff Schaffer
· Laura Streicher
· Tim Gibbons
· Larry Charles
· David Mandel
· Larry David
· Alec Berg
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Curb 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)
2012 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) · Aubrey Plaza
· Mark Duplass
· Jake Johnson
· Karan Soni
· Jenica Bergere
· Kristen Bell
· Mary Lynn Rajskub
2011 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Alec Berg
· Larry David
· Tim Gibbons
· David Mandel
· Erin O'Malley
· Jeff Schaffer
2010 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Curb 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)
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Larry David
· Susie Essman
· Cheryl Hines
2009 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Larry David
· Tim Gibbons
· Erin O'Malley
· Alec Berg
· David Mandel
· Jeff Schaffer
2008 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Curb 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)
2007 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
2007 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Larry David
· Robert B. Weide
· Larry Charles
· Tim Gibbons
· Erin O'Malley
2006 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Curb 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)
2006 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Shelley Berman
· Larry David
· Susie Essman
· Cheryl Hines
· Richard Lewis
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Robert B. Weide (executive producer)
· Larry Charles (executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (produced by)
2003 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) · Larry David (executive producer)
· Gavin Polone (executive producer)
· Robert B. Weide (co-executive producer)
· Tim Gibbons (producer)
2002 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Curb 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.
11 When 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".
12 It 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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