Larry David Recalls the Day Mom Crushed His Journalistic Aspirations

Per a hilarious teaser clip for Current TV’s Friday evening broadcast premiere of Joy Behar’s Comics with Benefits, a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser held on Monday at the 92nd Street YMCA in New York City, Larry David’s mom did more than curb her enthusiasm when the comedian expressed his young-age professional aspirations.

David recalled on stage with Behar how his journalistic aspirations were ridiculed by his no-nonsense mom. “I said, ‘Ma, I think I want to be a sports announcer when I grow up,'” David remembered. “She said, ‘What makes you think you… you?…. you!!! You’re going to be a sports announcer? Are you kidding? You’re not special.'”

Had mom not been so harsh, David probably would have wound up more on the color commentary side than play-by-play. In a perfect world, he would have found his way to the sad sack New York Mets.

Others participating in the December 10 event include New Yorker jokester Andy Borowitz, SNL alum Darrell Hammond and gay-man-about-town Mario Cantone. All additional proceeds raised during the Current Friday night broadcast (9 p.m.-11 p.m.) will go to the charities UJA-Federation of New York and Rebuilding Together. Viewers will be able to donate $10 to the Hurricane-Sandy-victims cause by texting SANDY to 80108.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.