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Larry David's Mork & Mindy Audition Would Have Fit Right In On Curb Your Enthusiasm
By MIYAKO PLEINES
Robin Williams, star of the 1978 sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” wasn’t the only famous comedian with ties to the quirky show. It turns out Larry David of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame also had a shot at being cast alongside Williams; however, when it came time to audition, David approached the situation in a way only David could, and the results were pretty awkward.
“Mork & Mindy” creator, Gary Marshall, recounts in his book, “My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir,” how David was brought in by Marshall’s sister Ronny to audition for the part of Ellsworth, a motivational speaker. It seems David didn’t fully understand what was being asked of him, and the small role was eventually awarded to iconic talk show host David Letterman.
"When Larry came in for the audition, he penciled up the scene he was supposed to act in. Ronny asked him what he was doing, and he said punching up the script. He thought he was auditioning as a writer," Marshall wrote. In true "Curb Your Enthusiasm" fashion, David completely misread the situation, thinking he was being recruited to write the show instead of act in it.