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5.0 out of 5 stars Larry David is a comic genius...., November 30, 2006
This review is from: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1 (DVD)
When I was "coming of age" in the 1990's, I refused to watch Seinfeld. I hated American sitcoms, which have been going steadily downhill since the 1970's. But I got a pair of tickets to see Jerry in concert (after the show had concluded), so I went. I really liked it, so I watched the entire Seinfeld show. Then noticing some guy named Larry David was constantly listed in the credits, I decided to check out Curb Your Enthusiasm. I like CYE more than Seinfeld. When you watch CYE, you realise that George Costanza is Larry David, and you realise how much of Seinfeld was really Larry David. After Larry left Seinfeld, the writing declined sharply, and got quite silly at times. I think this show is hilarious, especially the first episode when Larry insults Richard Lewis's girlfriend. I also love the "Wagner" episode (Trick or Treat), and when Richard and Larry help the blind guy move in. Susie Essman's character in this show is absolutely hysterical. Just imagine an even more shrill and ticked off version of Janeane Garofalo, and you get the idea. Even though it's about Hollywood in some ways, it doesn't wallow in the "insider" mode like a lot of shows about Hollywood do with gratuitous celebrity cameos (like The Larry Sanders Show used to do). If a celebrity appears here, they usually end up playing the dark side of their natures, and they actually have to act a bit. Even though Larry grates, he is still great. I really dig this show.
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Initial post: Dec 17, 2007 2:16:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2007 2:17:55 AM PST
Larry is a one-of-a-kind talent. You probably heard this story, but at the first writers' room meeting for Seinfeld, he made opening remarks to the staff that "There will never be a very special episode, no-one will ever be redeemed." Even at its worst, Seinfeld never backed away from that premise. And of course, Curb...took it out further. I love the fact that the humor often turns on breaches of etiquette and manners, something that;s universally funny, but for some reason comedy today never goes there; people like the Farrelly's don't seem to get that violations of decorum are funnier if there is a decorum to be violated in the first place, and David definitely gets that, hence the humor...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2007 7:05:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2007 7:06:13 PM PST
"There will never be a very special episode, no-one will ever be redeemed."

Another reason to love Larry David.

The Farrelly Brothers just like gross out humour. There's never any real satire or pointed comedy in their films.
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