'Saturday Night Live' (1984-1985)
Having paid his sketch comedy dues with a couple years working on Fridays, Larry David seemed primed to take Saturday Night Live by storm when he was brought on board the seminal show. Considering his gift for assembling smart comedic set pieces, success in that environment seems like a foregone conclusion. The reality was that in his time on SNL, only one of David’s sketches was actually performed on the show, and it aired at the very end of the episode. Although he quit writing for Saturday Night Live after completing a full season, during his tenure there he managed to begin an enduring work relationship with the future Elaine Benes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.