Isn’t it fun to be part of Hollywood’s elite? While controversial activities go unnoticed, you can enjoy fluff-filled coverage of your latest career developments.
At the very center of this bubble-world is comedian Larry David, he of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame. His media friends were thrilled to learn today he’s set to star in his first Broadway play, “Fish in the Dark”.
Shockingly, he’ll play a “somebody very similar to Larry David – it might even be Larry David with a different name,” according to the New York Times:
For years, Mr. David said, he thought he’d write a play if he ever had a good idea.
On “Curb Your Enthusiasm” he worked at one point on the Broadway musical “The Producers,” but he said that the inspiration for his new play was the death of a friend’s father and not the “Producers” story arc.
“I thought it would be pretty cool to write a play someday. I didn’t think it’d be pretty cool to be in it.
It’s not like I would go to the theater and look up on stage and say, ‘I could be in that.’ I didn’t think of myself playing the character, but of course I write characters very close to me.”
Where have we seen that before?
At the Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, he’s lauded as “one of TV’s great disrupters” (to borrow an annoying phrase from Silicon Valley).
Meanwhile, David’s controversial politicking in faraway places continues free of scrutiny from the mainstream press. But at Free Beacon today, researcher Lachlan Markay has uncovered his role in attacking a US Senate candidate in Minnesota, Republican Michael McFadden.
As you’ll see, following this convoluted money trail took some digging:
A group called the Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM) paid $30,000 for online media buys this week attacking Michael McFadden, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Minnesota.
It was the latest in a string of independent expenditures by ABM’s federal super PAC targeting GOP candidates for the seat.
According to Federal Election Commission records, the group was formed on May 29. The following day, it received a $20,000 contribution from another group called WIN Minnesota.
In June, the FEC sent a letter to ABM asking for additional information on its affiliated organizations that had apparently been withheld from its statement of organization. The next month, ABM filed an amended report noting that WIN Minnesota is an “affiliated committee.”
WIN Minnesota, also a federal super PAC, appears to have provided all of ABM’s PAC’s financing since its formation. Contributions to ABM are the only expenses listed in WIN Minnesota’s FEC filings beyond overhead, consulting, and clerical expenses.
WIN Minnesota’s executive director is Adam Duininck, a former International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) official who now serves on the local governing body of Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
Minnesota’s most noteworthy donors are household names: famed actors Bette Midler and Michael Douglas, who have donated $7,500 and $5,000 to the group, respectively, and Seinfeld producer and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David, who has given $5,000.
Other Hollywood actors have also donated. Robert Ackerman, Larry David, Paul Dooley, and Jay Greenspan are WIN Minnesota donors, as are CSI: Miami producer Jonathan Littman and Bing Bang Theory producer Bill Prady.
So what’s Hollywood’s beef with McFadden? We’d guess it’s the “R” after his name.