In the late 1990s, Larry David decided he was ready to return to stand-up comedy after having spent a decade away from it. When he mentioned his plan to comedian and actor Jeff Garlin, the conversation shifted to whether this process should be documented on-camera, and to what end. This idea, of course, formed the nucleus of the HBO special Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the mockumentary, Larry is seen performing in comedy clubs and bickering offstage with his manager (played by Garlin) and his wife (played by Cheryl Hines). Somewhere along the way, it became obvious that the idea might produce more material than just a one-off special.