It is going to be the event that every comedy fan has been waiting for, as truly exciting news was announced on last night's episode of Saturday Night Live -- comedian and writer and overall icon Larry David will be hosting the show for the first time.
However, this isn't only a noteworthy event because David is one of the most beloved and acclaimed comedic performers of all time. His hosting extends far more than being merely another comedian hosting the show but, rather, signifies a return of one of Saturday Night Live's lost children. David has had a turbulent history with the show, as he was a writer on the show between 1984 and 1985 after a fruitless career as a stand-up comedian. He was a deeply troubled and angry man during that period, and he didn't quite fit in with the rest of the writers. In a story taken straight out of a Curb Your Enthusiasm scenario, David quit his job on Saturday Night Live in a truly grandiose manner ... on the first day. Regretting this decision, he turned up at 30 Rockefeller Plaza a few days later and pretended as if nothing happened. In fact, this exact story was written into an episode of David's show, Seinfeld, where the Larry David stand-in, George Costanza, quits his job as a real estate agent and turns up the next day, pretending as if it was a joke.
David still only lasted one season and managed to get just one of his sketches on the air. His departure from the show meant that he went on to create Seinfeld (considered the greatest television show of all time), and the brilliant Curb Your Enthusiasm. However, David always seemed like a pariah-by-choice, never wanting to do anything far out of his control (he was the guiding hand on Seinfeld and the undeniable boss on Curb Your Enthusiasm), so it was surprising that he showed up on Saturday Night Live earlier this season as Bernie Sanders -- a move that shocked and delighted many. His performance was so well-received, he returned as Sanders in a later episode. It appears that David has been bitten by the show once again, and having a taste of being in the spotlight must have persuaded him to give it another try. This is great news for us because David is definitely one of the few remaining comedic geniuses.
Larry David will host Saturday Night Live on February 6 with musical guest The 1975.
No news yet on a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm though ... hopefully, he fixes that soon, as well!