Just hours before it was scheduled to premiere on HBO Max on Tuesday, it was announced by HBO that the documentary The Larry David Story was being postponed because the doc’s subject, comedian and writer Larry David, wanted to redo his interview in front of a crowd.

The network tweeted the announcement through its Documentaries account, adding “Larry has decided he wants to do it in front of an audience,” which is pretty sudden and inconvenient timing to wait until premiere day to do so, but it shows how powerful of a position David has with the network.

The documentary is being directed by Larry Charles, a comedian and director who started as a Seinfeld writer and has since directed some of the most famous comedies of all time like Borat. He also directed several episodes of the acclaimed series Curb Your Enthusiasm, David’s improvised series where he plays a fictionalized version of himself.

HBO even pulled the trailer showing footage from David’s scrapped interview from YouTube. In the trailer, David mentioned somewhat surprisingly “I never thought I was funny,” growing up in Brooklyn. “Anything I was associated with that could be successful was a shock.”

We have yet to hear any details about the nature of this shoot and how accessible the live taping will be. David may have requested this because there was a segment of the conversation he wanted to redo, he didn’t gel with the interviewer, or he really just couldn’t stand the idea of viewers watching him have a conversation for several hours with no audience.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can fill the Larry David-sized void in your heart with the 11th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which aired from October to December 2021. Curb season 11’s official trailer is below:

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