The story arc for the fourth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm (which is available for streaming on HBO Now) saw Larry David accepting an offer from Mel Brooks to head back to his hometown of New York City to star in The Producers on Broadway. It was an unlikely role for someone who did not have a whole lot of acting experience, and one in which Larry wasn’t even confident in himself to pull off. But throughout the season, he met with professional instructors to learn each of the choreographed dance steps and routines, and by the end of the season, he had even managed to memorize all of his lines as the lead character, Max Bialystock. It was quite the leap from where he had been at the beginning of the season, when things looked hopeless for him.
But not every episode of season four had Larry focusing on his new gig on Broadway; some episodes had Larry getting into his typical shenanigans in and around Los Angeles. For instance, in the season’s sixth episode, Larry found himself with two tickets to a Dodgers game, tickets in which he had gone to great lengths to get his hands on. Unfortunately, his manager Jeff had to cancel on him at the last minute, which meant that he would not be able to use the carpool lane to get there, and he’d probably miss most of the game.
Enter Monena, the prostitute. Monena agreed to skip the typical social activities she was accustomed to performing, and instead be paid a flat rate for accompanying Larry to the baseball game, which allowed him to utilize the carpool lane and make it to the game on time. An unlikely scenario? Well, only if you’re not familiar with Larry David.
“The Car Pool Lane” didn’t do much to advance the overall story arc for season four as it pertained to Larry’s leading role on Broadway, but it was still a fun episode with one particularly incredible anecdote that occurred four months after it originally aired (which we’ll get to in a minute). It also introduced us to an actor who would later grow much more familiar to us over the next half-dozen years on Lost.
Here, now, are five fun facts about “The Car Pool Lane” that you may not have known.
Actress Kym Whitley Improvised Her Role As The Prostitute, With An Assist From David Koechner.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is famous for being an unscripted show, with the actors only having a basic outline of what they’re supposed to do and where the scene is supposed to go. For Whitley, who completely nailed her role as the episode’s prostitute, she received a helpful tip during casting from actor David Koechner on how to get the part. Koechner, who had appeared on Curb the previous season in “Mary, Joseph and Larry,” suggested to Whitley that she “always have something in her quiver.” He meant that she should be prepared to be a prostitute when auditioning, and understand the lingo of what a prostitute from Los Angeles might say. So, Williams auditioned with the “digging for diamonds” and “lollipop love” lines all ready to go. She then nailed the audition, and the rest is history. To this day, Whitley has 83 acting credits on her resume, including I Love You, Man and We Bought A Zoo, but she admits that it’s her guest appearance on Curb that gets her recognized in public the most.