David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff is back on the tube this Thursday in AXS TV's six-episode, semi-scripted comedy series "Hoff the Record," playing a fictionalized version of himself as he relocates to the U.K. to jump-start his career and experiences numerous wacky incidents as a result.
"This came to me because of 'Curb your Enthusiasm' and the way that Larry David took simple situations and blew them up into obsessive, crazy situations that were so funny," Hasselhoff told FOX411. "I said, 'This stuff happens to me on a daily basis.'"
The Hoff originally intended to film the series in the U.S., but when he got the first script, he felt it wasn't funny, so he passed on that deal. After he appeared on "Britain's Got Talent," he decided to give it a try in the U.K. and it wasn't long before he got a deal for the mockumentary.
"For me, the UK was a natural place because I was getting so much work there," says Hasselhoff, who, in addition to "Britain's Got Talent," also appeared as Captain Hook in a theatrical pantomime version of "Peter Pan" in various locales around Great Britain, including London, Manchester and Glasgow.
Shot in verité style, "Hoff the Record” begins with Hasselhoff being lured to London following his fifth divorce and his fading popularity in the U.S. to star in a biopic about his life, but nothing turns out to be the way he imagined. When he arrives, he is forced to audition for the role of David Hasselhoff. He is rejected by the director who tells him he is not right for the part.
"I am really acting the character that I’m playing in the show," Hasselhoff says. "The reason that we make fun of me is because the stories are good. The stories are real, and I’m able to address stupid stuff that’s happened to me, with stupid reporters that was at the time, really (A) not fair and (B) involved my children. I’m able to answer those things in a funny way and then get very serious. It makes a real point if you watch it. It’s not just about ha, ha, ha. This is my way of letting everybody know how I really feel. "
Hasselhoff says "Hoff the Record" takes over-the-top situations that he's lived through that nobody would believe and turns them into fodder for the show. He says, luckily, many of them happened pre-Twitter.
A case in point is the time he was going to see a court-appointed therapist, and was stopped exiting the building by a group of sightseers from a tour-of-the-stars-homes bus. He stopped to sign autographs, and looked behind him as the group snapped pictures. The sign on the building read "Beverly Hills Therapy," and he recalls thinking, "This is just perfect."
It was one incident that didn't make its way into the media. But for the ones that do, Hasselhoff says he is so used to such occurrences that he is able to find humor in them.
"If I don’t, I’m going to run around and become insane," he says. "If I take it all seriously, I will pass away like so many stars have done in a terrible way. It’s horrible what happens. They just take life too seriously and they don’t have anybody to say, 'Forget about it, man. Laugh about it. It’s actually pretty funny.'"
"Hoff the Record" premieres Thursday, March 31 on AXS TV.