Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good: Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm

Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good: Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm

Josh Levine

Language: English

Pages: 289

ISBN: 1550229478

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

?As a comedian, then producer of Seinfeld, and now the creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has a fanatical following. In his early stand-up days, if he walked on stage and didn’t like the crowd, he would walk off. Together with Jerry Seinfeld, he pitched NBC on a sitcom where nothing happens. A whole show could be about waiting in line at a Chinese restaurant. And somehow Seinfeld became the most successful comedy show of all time. After nine years of writing and producing Seinfeld, and after making a huge amount of money, Larry David began to create a new show for HBO. Without much separation between himself and the character he plays, Curb follows the daily routines of Larry David. Being politically correct is far from Larry’s mind, and the audience cringes as he berates, torments, and blusters his way into the hearts of TV watchers. Follow the early exploits of Larry’s stand-up career, his days writing for Seinfeld, and learn how Curb was conceived and developed. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good – titled after Larry’s key catchphrase – also explores Larry’s on- and off-screen relationships with famous pals like Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and the cast of Seinfeld, and contains an in-depth episode guide to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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doing it on such a massive scale.” Not all the people closest to Larry were happy, at least not all the time. His real father found the season upsetting. The fictional Larry’s mother died at a time when his real mother was in a fragile and declining state of health. As for wife Laurie, she found the kissing scenes with Cheryl hard to watch and the constant subject of sex and its humiliations uncomfortable. She suggested that he was going too far, but Larry didn’t listen to her. Of course, he

so as to be easier to see. But the real question was: would Curb Your Enthusiasm return for an eighth season? Certainly its fans wanted it to. And HBO. And the actors too. “I think it would be kind of sad and stupid to stop now,” said Bob Einstein (Marty Funkhouser). People were asking, but Larry wasn’t saying. Michael Lombardo, HBO president of programming, said, “Once the reviews come out and he’s feeling good and relaxed, that’s the moment I start sweet-talking him about the next season.”

Airdate: November 5, 2000 / Directed by Robert B. Weide Richard Lewis has some similarities as a comic to Larry David. They’re both from Brooklyn, both Jewish, and they both consider themselves hypochondriacs. But to prove the truism that nature provides infinite variety, one need only look a little closer. With his long hair, sweeping black overcoats, hunched shoulders, nervous bobbing, and Yiddishy exclamations, Richard Lewis gives the impression of being a Jewish vampire — albeit one who

allowed to play on Seinfeld, a show that the executives had worried might be too Jewish for a mass audience. Larry’s father is coming to visit and, wanting to please the old man, he decides to put up a mezuzah — a small metal or clay holder that contains a rolled-up parchment with a passage from the Torah in it that is nailed to the outside frame of the door. “So every anti-Semite will know we live here in case they want to burn down the house,” Larry jokes. Of course, being a wealthy Los Angeles

regretted the move. For one thing, he actually had a decent salary. For another, he had no other options. He moaned to his friend Kenny Kramer who lived across the hall. Kramer told him to go in the next day and pretend it never happened, and that’s just what Larry did. Later Larry used the same events for a story line with George in episode two, season two of Seinfeld. Except, unlike Larry, George gets humiliated. (It was the first episode that Larry wrote without Jerry’s help. It was also the

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