Curb Your Enthusiam's Jeff Garlin wrote, directed, and stars in this poignant romantic comedy about an overweight, underappreciated Chicago actor in search of a soul mate; or, as one woman (Sarah Silverman) so eloquently puts it, "someone to eat cheese with." James (Garlin) is an underemployed 39-year-old improvisational comedian who lives with his mother in an apartment where Jackie Gleason's Poor Soul always seems to be on television. Ever since his bar mitzvah, he has wanted only three things: someone to love him, a great part, and to lose weight. Unfortunately, he is 0 for 3. His girlfriend dumps him, he loses the title role in a remake of Paddy Chayefsky's Marty to teen idol Aaron Carter, and he sneaks out of an obsessive-overeaters meeting only to wind up at an ice cream parlor. But James doesn't get angry, he just eats. He loads up on fattening snacks from the convenience store run by Dick (Dan Castelleneta), and then he scarfs them down while reclining on top of his car. Still, James keeps plodding along in his amiable way, refusing to surrender. Even the angst is low-key in this highly personal, immensely likable film buoyed by strong supporting performances from Amy Sedaris, Bonnie Hunt, and other alumni from Chicago's famed Second City improv troupe.
Born and raised in Chicago and South Florida, Jeff Garlin studied filmmaking and performed stand-up comedy at the University of Miami. He has toured the country as a stand-up comedian, is an alumnus of Chicago's Second City Theatre, and has written and starred in three critically acclaimed solo shows, one of which was adapted for I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. Garlin has played opposite Eddie Murphy in Daddy Day Care and executive produces the award-winning HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which he costars as Larry David's loyal manager. He previously appeared as a series regular on Mad About You and has his own self-titled HBO special. As a director, he has helmed Curb Your Enthusiasm and HBO specials by Jon Stewart and Denis Leary. Garlin lives with his family in Los Angeles. His hobbies include eating pudding and taking naps.