Claim to fame Star of ABC's The Goldbergs (Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.); executive producer and co-star of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Base Los Angeles
Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning?
Jeff Garlin: Whether or not I'm in trouble with my wife. That's the news that matters. Then I start with my texts and my emails after I know I'm not in trouble—or even if I am. It's a good distraction. After that, I go to Flipboard. I've programmed it for all the things I'm interested in so I can see what's going on. I also go to the Chicago Tribune every day and the NBC Sports app and Instagram.
You officially quit Twitter about a year ago. Why?
I have nothing against Twitter, but for me, Twitter serves no purpose. I find that for getting people to my shows, Facebook is what works. I really enjoy Instagram, and there's not a lot of trolls, whereas for someone like me, Twitter is troll-based. And when I say troll-based, these people really come at you and say the worst things. I know I could easily just not look at it, but I just don't have that self-control. I also don't want to hear what anyone else is saying. I mean, I am interested in what my friends have to say, but they can text me. In terms of other artists, I don't care what a comedian says. I either watch them do stand-up or I don't.
What other apps do you use?
There's this great app called Lenka, which takes back and white photos. It's really amazing. This other app I love called Scene Past shows you movie and television [locations] now versus what they looked like when they were filming. And there's another one called Rainy Mood that lets me sit and listen to rain, I swear. Sometimes I put that on to relax.
What are your favorite TV shows?
In terms of what's on now, the only comedy I really watch consistently is South Park. I watch a lot of hour-long television. I just watched the two most recent episodes of Luther. I thought Narcos was great. I even watch Columbo [laughs]. I like MeTV because it's got all the old shows.
What's the last thing you binge-watched?
Making a Murderer. I watched all 10 episodes in one night. I stayed up until five in the morning. I thought it was fantastic, obviously riveting and depressing. Whenever people are excited about anything that's documentary style, you can bet it's probably really good.
Are you still hosting your podcast, By the Way?
No, I am not. I'm doing a show at [the Largo theater in Los Angeles] called Jeff Garlin and Associates where—I'd rather not say names because I want people to know they can just stop in—really, really famous and successful comedians come and do a set and talk to me. I will be doing another podcast again soon, though.
What's on your reading list?
Believe it or not, I'm currently reading The Godfather, which I've never read even though I've seen the movie a million times. I'm also reading M Train by Patti Smith.
I have to ask about the status of Curb Your Enthusiasm. You said last summer that there was a 51 percent chance we'd get another season; where's that number at now?
I would go even higher, to 54 percent. But not anytime soon.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 18 issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.