NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Comedian Larry David will soon end his run in the Broadway play “Fish in the Dark,” which he wrote and directed.
And as CBS2’s Jill Nicolini reported Thursday, David’s role will be taken over by an old friend – actor Jason Alexander. The history between the two men makes Alexander a perfect fit, Nicolini reported.
When asked if it was a little bittersweet leaving the show, David said, “No, it’s not bittersweet – just sweet.”
“Somehow, I got talked into doing it,” David said. “I was told I could meet a lot of women if I was on Broadway.”
That, of course is the deadpan Larry David humor we all know love. He has been on stage for almost three months in this show exploring a family death.
Norman Drexel, David’s character, fights with his mother, his brother, his wife and the housekeeper over just about everything. But now, it is time to pass the torch to the man who played a character based on David – Alexander, of course, was George Costanza of “Seinfeld” fame.
David described Norm Drexel as closer to his real personality than the George Costanza character, but not as close as his character that used his real name in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
David, who was the co-creator of “Seinfeld,” feels Alexander is the perfect fit for the role. But David’s shoes are not big shoes to fill — oh no, of course not. David had a joke about that expression, in fact.
“No, no come on — very small,” David quipped. “They were bound when I was a child. I grew up in China, and my feet were bound. My shoes were so small you wouldn’t even believe it. It’s amazing I can even stand.”
Alexander had his own deadpan humor to the4 subject.
“It’s a comfy slipper,” he said. “My foot fits just fine in there.”
Alexander said “Fish in the Dark” is not your typical Broadway play.
“The audience is so different from what you see in most Broadway theaters, because it’s husbands dragging their wives to the theater,” he said. “That is not a common place occurrence.”
You can still see David onstage at the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., until June 7. Alexander will take over from June 9 through July 18.