Larry David: The Man of a Thousand Words

Posted: August 29, 2011 in Archive

So much to say about this man, but my words could do no justice if you haven’t watched his show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” already – on HBO. He brings attention to topics that most shows wouldn’t touch because frankly there isn’t many individuals out there who can deliver this subset (branded by him) of comedy like Larry does. His daring comedy brings to light the idiosyncrasies of his friends and peers and his own. The authenticity of Larry’s personality is what makes his comedy so enjoyable because you know it is exactly how he would act if it weren’t for societal norms and social etiquette.

How can we forget the “shit bow” or the infamous “chat and cut” or the “sit and pee”? His show seems to follow a consistent format that contributes to his success over the years. There is always a tendency for the show to coin a phrase out of an idiosyncrasy – giving the fans an easy way to quote the show. Typically, Larry will (in)voluntarily involves himself in several problematic situations with his friends and peers, and as the show unfolds, we find out that each problem shares a common link, and that link is what harmonizes his comedy into one delightful show. In a recent episode – the bi-sexual – where the central problem revolves around his battle to win over his Jewish lover before Rosie O’Donnel does. Then follows the sub-conflicts which arise from his journey to win his lovers attention…and in the end it never works out for Larry. All his antics backfire on him (including the “juice”), and rarely does his outside-the-box thoughts and outspoken behavior provide him with the personal justice he hopes to achieve.

At times, I feel the shows seems to force some of the comedy to fit the “usual” structure of the show; nevertheless, you won’t find me complaining after watching Curb on Sunday nights. I love the fact there is no other show like this on Television. I also love how most of the previous episodes don’t carry weight in future episodes. It gives the show a chance to be creative and focus on substance without being constrained by the character involvement and such. He’s perfected the delivery of a rare type of comedy – no else has tried that I could remember. I love the creativity and genius behind his comedy; only a master of their trade could make this show the success that it is. What better person than the creator of Seinfeld – Larry David.

There needs to be more shows like this because I can’t get enough of it. A half-hour every week of Curb isn’t enough to satiate my comedy taste buds. Ideas anyone? New show ideas?


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