Where Larry David goes, we follow. And why not? The guy is a comic genius — the multihyphenate producer, writer and actor co-created Seinfeld, that cultural goalpost of Nineties sitcoms, and was the brains behind (and the star of) HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. We’ve already followed him from broadcast TV to cable to Jerry Seinfeld’s Volkswagen Beetle… now, we’re chasing him to the klieg lights of the Great White Way. His inaugural play, Fish in the Dark, which he wrote and stars in, opened this week at Cort Theater; prior to its debut on Monday, it took in $13.5 million in advance ticket sales — breaking the Broadway record for a play.

Produced by Hollywood bigwig Scott Rudin and co-starring Rita Wilson and Rosie Perez, among others, Fish in the Dark is a dark comedy about a death in the family. It was, unsurprisingly to those familiar with David’s characters and career, inspired by a real-life moment: David got the idea while sitting shiva in L.A. Expect heart, but also laughs — yes, even though the plot circles around a funeral. After all, this is a man who turned a show about “nothing” into an award-winning, side-splitting weekly affair.