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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Larry David ‘Just as Miserable as I Was’ at ‘SNL’

Stephen Proctor
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus was only 21 years old when she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, in 1982. She was still fairly new to comedy when she was discovered by then SNL producer Dick Ebersol at an improv show, and she jumped at the chance to join the ensemble cast. Louis-Dreyfus sat down with Willie Geist on the Sunday edition of Today and talked about her experience on the show.

Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in <em>Seinfeld</em>. (Photo: NBC)
Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Seinfeld. (Photo: NBC)

“It wasn’t what I’d hoped it would be,” Louis-Dreyfus said. ““It was a pretty dog-eat-dog world. A lot of drugs and stuff too. It wasn’t very female friendly. But I was so dumb and green. I didn’t realize it was so druggy, necessarily.”

Louis-Dreyfus has made no secret about the fact that she didn’t particularly enjoy her time on SNL, and there was another staffer who felt the same: Larry David.

“He was just as miserable as I was, and we sort of bonded over that,” Louis-Dreyfus said of her friendship with David.

David would go on to co-create Seinfeld, one of the most successful sitcoms ever. A few years after leaving SNL in 1985, Louis-Dreyfus would be cast as Elaine Benes in Seinfeld, cementing her place in television history.

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