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Today’s Instagram PIC – Teaser to original Curb Your Enthusiasm episode

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Watch TV SPEC Reading of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM by Chris Agnew

Watch TV Show Reading of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM “Uncle Larry”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Rochelle Burke
LARRY – Charles Gordon
LEON – Aieron Munro
MS. KOTCHERY – Susan Wilson
JEFF – Robert Notman
SPENCER – Paul Falkowski
SUSIE – Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Chris Agnew:

1. How would you describe your Curb Your Enthusiasm TV Spec in 1 sentence?

A fun-filled romp for the entire family.

2. Why does this script fit into the context of the TV show?

It’s me venting about things and people that piss me off in my best impersonation of the style Larry invented.

3. This story has a lot going for it. It makes you wish for another season. Do you think Larry David will bring back the show for one more season?

I started writing this with the fantasy, as my motivation, that I could convince Larry to do more, that this script would reach him. Delusion is an important motivator for me. He managed to make the show funnier a number of times like when he added the blacks. I can’t think of any tv comedy that morphed in so many ways and added major characters and then got significantly funnier. I was trying to prove that to myself with my Ms. Kotchery character; that she could be a really funny nemesis/love interest for Larry that could propel the story forward. I fell way short but it was fun trying. He’s proven that he can make it funnier, I think he should definitely do more. I do think there is a good chance that he will do more and even if he doesn’t I think he’ll start a new project.

4. What is your all-time favorite television show?

Seinfeld, there is nothing funnier to me than a frustrated George. Elaine’s the funniest female character I’ve ever seen and Kramer’s physical acting/goofiness is amazing… Jerry ties it all together. I wasn’t allowed to watch much tv growing up and I was also a pretty stubborn contrarian so I didn’t catch on until after the last season had aired. I think the first episode I watched was the last one because I was on a school trip and we had to interrupt the trip to watch it. I didn’t get any of the references and was not impressed. Later when I got access to cable and reruns I stumbled onto it and it was the best thing ever. I didn’t realize it at the time but in high school I was really studying Seinfeld and went on to get my bachelors in Curb. I really didn’t give a shit about my classes. South Park is my second favorite, the satire and creativity is mind blowing.

5. Besides Larry David, who is your favorite character on the show?

Leon. “No, mopey dick. Who the fuck is moby dick?”

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve been writing for coming up on two years and all I have to show for it is this curb episode and 40 pages of sketch comedy… there is a lot of pretty bad stuff, I’d rather not go back and count.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

It was my favorite recent show, I got to re-watch episodes and play.my own new episodes in my head and with friends out loud all day, it was awesome.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Edits when I got feedback, I had worked so hard on the first version, the idea of getting back into it made me physically ill. But I got consistent feedback that it was back loaded and I agreed so I figured I’d make a few changes. One thing lead to another, I ended up tearing it apart and didn’t think I would be able to put it back together. I completely changed a couple of the plot lines and heavily edited the main plot line. I can’t tell whether I like the new version better, I’ve lost all objectivity at this point. But I do feel the structure is better so that’s something.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Friends and family, any kind of adventure.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

It offered quick feedback, I didn’t have to wait 6 months or a year to see how I did. I also liked the idea of it being performed. The feedback from Wildsound was really helpful, they pointed out coincidences that could be better explained and a few parts that were too busy. I definitely agreed and made the changes, so thank you!

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I’m a beginner so be wary of anything I say, with that said… When I started to write this I watched 20-30 episodes again and carefully wrote out their structure with bubbles and lines. Once I had that I copied that structure with my own ideas. I think the problem was I didn’t record in his episodes how each part of the plot had the audience looking forward, they usually had something to expect coming up. So my plot didn’t have that, it had individual scenes that often times only vaguely implied what the audience should be expecting. It was lacking what all the instructional books call… structure. This is what I think led to my editing nightmare. So I would say listen to the people who have done this before very carefully and think about what specific actions you can take to heed their advice.

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Best Scene from CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Spec by Chris Agnew (plus interview)

    Watch the Best Scene Script from CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Spec:

CAST LIST:

Narrator – Becky Shrimpton

Larry – Peter Nelson

Leon – Peter Bent

Ms. Kotchery – Michelle Lecky

Patricia – Mandy Mclean

Get to know writer Chris Agnew:

1. What is your TV Curb Your Enthusiasm spec script about?

Larry takes exception to a speed bump installed in his community by a power hungry English Lady. A visit from his nephew complicates things as his rivalries become intermingled with Leon.

2. Why does this script fit into the context of the show?

Annoying societal things and people conspiring to bring Larry down.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I started writing a year and a half ago.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Probably Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I must have watched it at least 20 times in college. I still laugh like a madman everytime.

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Johnny Dep, Jim Carey, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Dave Chappelle, Will Ferrell, Chris Rock, Kate McKinnon, Bill Burr, Zack Woods, Anthony Atamanuik.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written a pilot, a spec, a full length, two short films, 30 or so sketches and 10 or so short stories.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Making films and tv with great people that inspire and make people laugh till they cry.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I study similar things that have been made, try to copy their approach in a number of ways, make a few tweeks, then brainstorm, structure, brainstorm, structure, write, rewrite. If something isn’t working, move on and come back.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Friends, traveling, snowboard, bball, surf and would like to start a nonprofit in the future.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Quick feedback for a contest and unique chance for a reading of material.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

I really need all the advice I can get. Copy the best, I learned infinitely more from studying Curb than any book or class. Study the thing you want to make.

Interview with Mark Melara, winning TV Spec writer (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Watch Mark Melara’s winning TV Spec Screenplay of Curb Your Enthusiasm “The Transplant”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Larry – Charles Gordon
Jeff – Neil Kulin
Leon – Kaleb Alexander
Jason Alexander – Rob Salerno
Paula – Alicia Payne
Waitress – Julia Vally
Susie – Jacqueline Brown

Matthew Toffolo interviews Mark Melara:

Matthew: What is your “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM” TV Screenplay about?

Mark: When Jason Alexander gets a hair transplant, Larry calls him out as a traitor to the bald community. After some strange occurrences Larry begins to suspect there’s some kind of bald club that is conspiring against him. Meanwhile Jeff agrees to represent Jason while Leon becomes Larry’s assistant.

Matthew: Why does this episode script fit into the guidelines of the show?

Mark: From the outset Larry has several motivations and in time they all become entangled: His interest in Paula, shaming Jason Alexander for getting a hair transplant, and ultimately unraveling the truth about this possible bald society.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Mark: I’ve been writing stories since I built a wrestling ring in my garage in seventh grade and put on shows for my friends. I continued to write in high school and eventually took on screenwriting as a major in college where I churned out a few specs and an original before discovering these were all terrible and I had a lot to learn.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Mark: I would say a definitive tie between Uncle Buck and The Godfather.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Mark: Norm Macdonald, the Workaholics guys, Larry Charles, Louis C.K., Richard Ayoade, Matthew Holness, Jermaine Clement, Terry Gilliam, and of course Abe Vigoda.

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Mark: About 18. (Including specs, original pilots, and shorts)

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Mark: Running my own show (or via a collaborative effort).

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Mark: I tend to be motivated by what immediately triggers a moment of hyper awareness. If an idea crystallizes in my mind and I begin to see the vision play out, even if it’s just a few images, I try to run with that and see if it maintains my interest for a few days. I’d rather pull from the ether than actively set out to meet some kind of network need.

As far as a routine goes I have an initial document meant for the smattering of ideas and concepts, then use that to develop a broad outline while I begin to flesh out bios for each character. Then when the scaffolding of the plot is constructed and a story has presented itself, I set out on the writing.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Mark: The natural world, philosophy, science, novels, and animal welfare.

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Mark: A friend sent me the information and I decided to enter some of my work.

Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Mark: Write, take breaks, write some more, go for a walk, talk it out with someone who won’t try to change your story with their visions, be open to new experiences, read, and lastly, I’ll echo what a TV business professor once told me about the industry, “Remember, no one knows anything.”