Saturday, August 06, 2016

Larry David and Kramer sketch about US intervention in El Salvador

I am reading Seinfeldia, a book about the TV sitcom Seinfeld. Apparently, ABC had a show that competed against SNL from 1980 to 1982 called Fridays. Larry David (co-creator of Seinfeld) and the actor who played Kramer were on it.

This is a sketch the two did. Its theme was quite shocking. A civil war was taking place in El Salvador and Reagan was sending arms and military advisors to the cruel right-wing government to fight the Communists. Larry David impersonated Bing Crosby and Kramer played a Salvadoran soldier. It's not really funny, but it is just bizarre to know this was once on American network TV.


slirt said...

i used to watch Fridays (8/9th grade, still too young to be out that late on a Friday), and distinctly remember Michael Richards, but never knew Larry David was on it too.

As a Reagan-era teen i totally feared being drafted & sent to Central America, and registered as a Conscientious Objector with Selective Service.

Maxichamp said...

@slirt: I didn't know that was an option. I debated whether to sign up for the Selective Service because of Iraq War I.

steve-vh said...

Loved that TV show. Great musical guests too.