My fixation with Cazzie David, Larry David’s 23-year-old daughter, began when I saw two Instragram posts in which she and her father share the same humorless pout at different occasions. I imagine Cazzie doesn’t want to be defined solely as “Larry David’s daughter” but there is something undeniably heartwarming about their shared grumpy affect: It reminds of my relationship with my own father, who is also a Brooklyn-born antisocial bald man (and, naturally, a Curb fan).
A post shared by CAZZIE (@cazziedavid) on Sep 26, 2015 at 11:23am PDT
A post shared by CAZZIE (@cazziedavid) on Nov 8, 2015 at 8:56am PST
Turns out, Cazzie has a comedic mind of her own and is carving out her own niche in earnest. Cazzie, who is dating Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, created Eighty-Sixed, a recently launched web series in which she stars as Remi, a privileged, narcissistic, and, yes, somewhat curmudgeonly young twentysomething dealing with a recent breakup, unwanted parties, and creepy neighbors. Her friends on the show are played by her real-life friends—the ones “who didn’t refuse to be in it,” she recently told Refinery29. Social media plays no small role in Remi’s trials and tribulations: This is truly a show for millennials. Indeed, its candid and cringeworthy humor is reminiscent of Girls and its format is perfect for “Snapchat crowd” given the four- to eight-minute runtime per episode.
As you watch Remi sulkily navigate the Los Angeles social scene, it’s difficult not to draw parallels with Curb Your Enthusiasm—the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. And indeed, in a Refinery29 interview, Cazzie even admits that both Girls and Curb are among her favorite shows, along with Arrested Development. (Same—we’d have so much to talk about, Cazzie!) She also briefly mentions the centrality of anxiety—hers and Remi’s—to the story. What’s a rising star of Jewish humor without it? And indeed, when Complex asked her about her comedic influences, she named Nora Ephron and a few others and then said, “Some others I can’t think of right now, but they’re probably older Jewish men.”
Below is the pilot, in which Cazzie begins her quest to “win” her breakup, but her efforts are foiled by well-meaning friends broadcasting her singleness on social media. It’s pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Miranda Cooper is an editorial intern at Tablet. Follow her on Twitter here.