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Q: What kind of impact has “Curb Your Enthusiasm” had on your career, and what is it like filming ad-libbed scenes with Larry David?

RL: A lot of comics, when they get to their early 60s, it’s trouble for them to stay relevant. But luckily, “Curb” has opened up a tremendous demographic for me at the exact right time. My show, it’s [filled with] about 300 kids — and then people in gurneys on the side. We have to let them lay there with their nurses and oxygen masks. And that is a good thing. I love staring down the pike at someone 70 and someone 20 and talking about stuff and both people getting it.

On [“Curb”], listen, I can’t describe what it is like to play me with a guy who is playing himself, and we’ve known each other since we were 12. It’s so bizarre.

Q: You’re reportedly developing an ensemble television comedy of your own. What can you tell us about it?

RL: I created the series with [humorist] Alan Zweibel. It’s a comedy, but it has manic overtones. I created a role specifically for myself. I can’t tell you any more about it. I’m so paranoid. Even if this business was run by Mother Theresa, I wouldn’t. It has such a great hook that someone could pick it up and run with it.

Q: You claim you created the phrase “the ________ from hell” in the 1970s. The Yale Book of Quotations recognized you — but Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations did not, which later became a joke on “Curb.” What gives?

RL: Here’s the deal. I used to get applause when I would use that phrase. It was initially a throw-away, but it became such a potent hook that I got embarrassed. I felt hokey and stopped saying it. But I was being ripped off in commercials, movies, there was a political writer in the Los Angeles Times who said, “with all due respect to Richard Lewis, it was the summit from hell.” So I wanted to get recognition.

I went to my attorney and gave them all sorts of reels and articles and features — a treasure trove. Proof! And the editor at Bartlett’s passed. I spoke to him. Asked him why. He said, “Well, my grandkids came home from their first semester of college and said, ‘It was the semester from hell.’ ” I said, “Hello? They weren’t born when I was saying it!” That’s when I went crazy, talking about it everywhere.

Q: What’s it like being 64 years old and still touring?

RL: I’m like an elder statesman at this point. Every time I see a gig and an audience, I really don’t know if I’ll come back to that venue or see those people again. That was always my game plan, but now I’m realizing this could really be the last time I walk on this stage. I’m fearful. What I love most is making people laugh.