Larry David congratulates Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Mark Twain Prize with hilarious cancer skit


Larry David has congratulated Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the most Larry David way imaginable.

Last month Dreyfus became the 21st recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. The former Seinfeld actor accepted the award at a lavish awards ceremony alongside friends, family and collaborators.

In what has been a terribly testing 12 months for Dreyfus, last year she announced on Twitter that she was receiving treatment for breast cancer: “One in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” she said at the time. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality,” she added.

So, when Larry David was asked to record a video tribute, he would, of course, use this subject as the main source of laughs right? This is Larry David after all. “I want to congratulate Julia for this unbelievably prestigious award,” David began before adding: “But I got to say, the lengths that she went through to get it? Frankly I was a little surprised. I mean, come on, that whole cancer thing?”

He added: “Honestly, I got to take my hat off to her. What a scam! It’s diabolical. I’m a little jealous that I didn’t think of it.

“If something should ever happen to me, god forbid, I’ll always treasure my friendship with Julia and the masterstroke of luck that brought us together.”

Watch the clip below along with Dreyfus’ acceptance speech and some words from Jerry Seinfeld: