SPOILER ALERT: Do not read unless you have watched “Foisted!” the Oct. 1 episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Jeff Schaffer has seen all of the footage taped for “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Season 9 twice — once when he was shooting it, and at least once when he was editing it. Because of creator and showrunner Larry David’s technique for the iconic show, returning after its Season 8 finale in 2011, Schaffer knows the every possible way that every punch line might have gone a little differently, for a slightly different affect. It means that he’s living and breathing “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” ninth season. When Variety speaks to Schaffer, he’s in the middle of editing episodes nine and ten. But he took a break to talk to us about how “Foisted!” got made — and “Fatwa!” for that matter.
What was like filming this premiere after six years away?
The last time we were on was 2011. The summer of 2011, just think about what a different time it was. The movies that came out — a “Cars” movie sequel, “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel, “Planet of the Apes” sequel, “Transformers” sequel. Completely different world, right?
We wrote six or seven episodes before we finally go, “Hey Larry, are we gonna tell HBO that we’re doing this, so we can hire a crew to shoot some of these?” He’s always the last person to know that he’s coming back. Once we sorted of landed on Larry writing “Fatwa! The Musical” that’s when I knew we were coming back.
Do you think that the Ayatollah might notice this arc?
Did we talk about Larry getting a real fatwa for fake Larry getting a fatwa for writing “Fatwa!”? Yeah, we talked about it.
There’s no bad publicity. I think I’m still in a lawsuit. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is still suing me for “Brüno.” Just add them to the list.
When Larry was doing the fake “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” did Kimmel know what Larry was going to do?
Jimmy knew about…