Oct 092013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Jeff Garlin is a Chicago-born comedian who became well-known playing Larry David’s manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He’s got a new sitcom on ABC called The Goldbergs and a new film, Dealin’ with Idiots, which he wrote, directed and stars in.

Every year, the Journal of Improbable Research gives out its , for groundbreaking scientific research into important but neglected (and sometimes ridiculous) areas of knowledge. It just held in Cambridge, Mass., so today we’ll ask Garlin three questions about IgNobel prize winners.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST: And now the game where we ask somebody talented to do something that requires none of those talents. Jeff Garlin is a Chicago-born comedian who first became well-known playing Larry David’s manager on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” These days he’s got a new sitcom on ABC and a new film, “Dealin’ with Idiots,” which he wrote, directed and stars in. Jeff Garlin, welcome back to WAIT WAIT, great to talk to you again.

(APPLAUSE)

JEFF GARLIN: Thank you.

SAGAL: So you’ve been…

GARLIN: It is truly, truly no exaggeration, an honor to be on your fine program.

SAGAL: Oh, you are so nice, Jeff. So you’ve been really busy. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is in hiatus now after how many seasons?

GARLIN: Ten, I believe. I don’t remember.

SAGAL: Oh my gosh. And so now – but now you’ve got a sitcom, a network sitcom.

GARLIN: Yes, called “The Goldbergs.”

SAGAL: That’s awesome. And it is basically my childhood stolen from me.

GARLIN: Yeah, it is an ’80s childhood, a family in Philadelphia in the mid-’80s. It’s based on the guy who wrote the show, Adam Goldberg. It’s based on his life, and it’s really fun and funny. And my character is kind of like a Ralph Kramden, Archie Bunker guy.

SAGAL: Now wait a minute, so this guy, his name is Goldberg, wrote a TV show about his own childhood called “The Goldbergs.”

GARLIN: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

 

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