There should have been cameras rolling when comedian Richard Lewis’ asked his old pal Larry David to loan him money because it sounds like an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” In fairness to David, Lewis was asking for $ 1 million, and whether he wanted a loan or a gift is unclear.
“I’m not proud of it,” Lewis told us by phone, while preparing to bring his “Tracks of My Fears” tour to Carolines on Oct. 13. According to Lewis, that awkward incident happened in 1994 when he’d just gotten sober and didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life.
“I knew Larry had money and I used this very bad theory — I don’t recommend it for couples either — to say ‘if the shoe is on the other foot, how would it go?” he recalled.
According to Lewis, he told David that if he’d made millions on “Seinfeld” and David came to him for dough, he would have said yes. Lewis said David told him he’d have to ask his wife before considering giving away that much money.
“He came back and said, ‘No, the family’s against it,'” Lewis said. But he said he and David do disagree about one very important part of this story.
“Here’s our big argument about that. I promised him I would pay him back and he says, ‘No, you didn’t,'” Lewis recalls. “He says, ‘No, you never said that.’ To this day I know I would never take a million dollars and not try to monthly or yearly pay him back, but he doesn’t believe me.”
What David later did give Lewis was a job on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which turned into money. The show returns for its ninth season on HBO on Oct. 1.