Are you and the big guy from Curb really friends?

May 23, 2008

People ask me, "How did you get Jeff Garlin, from Curb Your Enthusiasm to be a guest on your radio special?" First, he considers me a friend. If he called me up and asked me to be on Curb and fight with Larry David, which is what people end up doing on that show, or if he had a part for me in Daddy Day Care 3 or 4, I would do it sight unseen. Why? Because that's what friends do for each other in this business.

And I want to set the record straight here. I am not some fair weather, Johnny-come-lately friend. We didn't become friends because we are both famous. The myth that famous people only liking to hang out with other famous people is completely and utterly true. It easier for us, in the so called "famous club" to hang out together, because we have something in common, it called fame. Something unfamous people can't understand.

Jeff and my friendship goes back all the way to the 1990's when I was holding down two jobs here in Chicago. My day job, a no brainier, something just to pay the rent, was working at WBEZ. And then my real job at night was performing to sell out crowd and standing ovations at the Annoyance Theater. Back then The Annoyance was the bad boy of theater- it was not only on the cutting edge, it was the cutting edge! I was the poster boy for Generation X with my hugely popular and critically acclaimed one man show I'm 27, I Still Live at Home and Sell Office Supplies. I tell people all the time that with that kind of success and that kind of notoriety, be careful because the press can turn you into an idol or even better a god with a small g.

And that's just what happened. The media made me into a guru on the subject of "Children Moving Back with their Parents" and the day time talk shows lined up, begging me to speak for an entire generation. Lesser people would not have known what to do, but when the media makes you an idol you have a choice: embrace it or become the god( small g) they want you to be.

Unfortunately, for Jeff he was also doing a one man show in town, called I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. It wasn't that he was being ignored, it was like he was being eclipsed by me and my crowds, the incrediable press I was getting, and the response from my fans. I'm 27... had become a juggernaut that could not be stopped.

If this was The Super Bowl it would be Jimmy 56-Jeff 3. But Jeff is smart- as smart as any cat I have ever owned and he had a choice: to make me an enemy or make me friend. It was a tough decision for him but he made the right one. But that is Jeff, since I have known him, he always seem to make the right choice, which is why we are still friends. Just listen to why he turned down a role in Daddy Day Camp:

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