Hall Of Idols # 6: Larry David

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Sixth installment in a series exploring very important people in my life.

Let me start explaining how this will work: I listed 65 idols of mine. Every Friday (with the exception of those reserved for the Rock Chain posts) I’ll draw one of the names (following a system that it’s really not important to be explained here) and talk about it.

Therefore, the order in which the names will appear doesn’t necessarily shows where they rank in my preference.

As a final introductory note, this is also not a biography article. I’ll just write how I feel about people represented in it, their talent and their importance in my life.

Contrary to what everybody thinks (especially nowadays) writing comedy is not easy. It is actually the most difficult kind of writing there is. It takes a really special gift to write something on your own and be sure a lot of people will find it funny (actually that’s why all sitcoms are written by teams of writers).

And at least over the last 25 years or so, none team of writers was most well-succeeded than Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. Jerry will definitely be part of the hall sometime in the future, but here let’s just focused on Larry.

Lawrence Gene David was born in New York and went on to become one of the most recognized comedians of all time.

In addition to creating and writing Seinfeld he appeared on the show as the voice of George Steinbrenner (absolutely priceless) and as the brilliant, caped Frank Constanza’s lawyer. In addition, he was the blueprint to the greatest character in the series, George Constanza, which means he’s really naturally funny. And how about “The Contest” episode with which he won an Emmy and was ranked by TV Guide the number 1 greatest TV episode of all time.

All this would be enough to earn Larry a place in the Hall Of Idols but he got more up his sleeve. He was the hilarious communist neighbor in Woody Allen’s Radio Days and created another funny sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm” after Seinfeld, which, if anything, landed American lexicon a new expression: “Larry David moment”, meaning an awkward social situation.

However, for me personally (asides from Seinfeld texts), Larry David is most brilliant in another Woddy Allen movie: Whatever Works. I mean, of course it’s a Woody Allen text, but only he could portrayed a Jewish-Russian chess teacher who beats up his students in such a colorful way. He should have a permanent Oscar just for this role.

So Larry, don’t curb your enthusiasm and make yourself confortable inside the hall.

Be sure to check out my book “Straight And Lethal”.

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