One night after Larry David and I both had bad shows, we went back to his apartment to give each other a comic pep talk, which consisted of who could feel less doomed by finding the most fault with the audience and who had the worst spot.
Jillian Bell's is a tale of success that is not surprising, given that she started studying improv at just eight years old in Las Vegas. She possesses that rare gift of humanizing the quirkiest of characters.
David has submitted many funny episodes to Emmy judges in the past, but what makes this one exceptional is that his character is less smarmy than usual. He's even seems -- yikes -- reasonable while being graciously open-minded about Palestine's politics while savoring its chicken and chicks.
One of the biggest problems on set is actors cracking up. Whether it's Larry David collecting himself after a J.B. Smoove one-liner or Ted Danson having to hold back giggles after a Richard Lewis facial expression, it's not uncommon for the crew to have to wait several minutes until the hilarity subsides.
"I remember my dentist telling my mother that I'd better marry a rich man because I'm going to need lots of gold inlays. That really pissed me off. Why did he assume that I would have to marry a rich guy and that I wouldn't make the money myself?"
Yes, it's cynical about the political process, it plays with the basic uselessness of the VP position, and it rests on the fundamental incompetence of D.C. power players. But its characters exist so far outside of reality that the satire lacks any teeth.
While there are shows that make me laugh on a regular basis (from Curb Your Enthusiasm to The Big Bang Theory to Hot in Cleveland), there are many, many more that don't.
Imagine sipping a latte at your local coffee shop, and some crazy dude in the rest room throws open the door and hollers for more toilet paper. He's perched on the bowl, hairy legs spread apart. What would you do?
Far from a "show about nothing," Seinfeld was actually an analysis of the ins and outs of daily human interaction-of the mundane social experiences previously not deemed worthy of exploration in front of a mass audience.
If you look at comedy in the 20th century, the list of those whose work has depth, breadth and longevity is a small one: Charlie Chaplin, Lewis, Allen.
We used to be able to take solace in the fact that our favorite old shows were on Nick at Nite, but a quick Google search tells me that Nick at Nite airs That '70s Show, George Lopez and Friends nowadays. Oh, Bewitched, wherefore art thou?
The depth of Curb Your Enthusiasm's brilliance is shown through Larry's weekly fight to break down the walls of classism, prejudice, racism, fatism, appearancism and social hierarchy.
Kippah. Yarmulke. Beanie. Skullcap. You can call it whatever you want, but the Jewish head covering has been in the news and in pop culture a lot lately.
My love of Curb and its star, Larry David, extends back to the days of Seinfeld and my childhood. It's the show (more than any other) to which I relate life.
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