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How Larry David Earned Your Enthusiasm

From stand-up and 'Seinfeld' to 'Whatever Works,' how David has become one of the most successful names in comedy
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Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld
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'Seinfeld' (1989-1998)

When Jerry Seinfeld got a deal to develop a sitcom based on his act, he immediately involved his friend, Larry David. The two set out to make a wholly original “show about nothing,” but ended up instead filtering their unique worldview through the lens of a traditional sitcom. David played a pivotal role behind the scenes in both crafting and maintaining the offbeat tone of what was originally entitled The Seinfeld Chronicles. Not only did he serve as showrunner, but he also wrote some of the most famous episodes, such as “The Contest.” Although he (memorably) appears on the show as the man in the cape and the voice of George Steinbrenner, his most visible contribution to the show is as the model for the character of George Costanza.

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