Sacha Baron-Cohen’s uber-foreigner, Borat, and Larry David share more than just a director in Larry Charles. Both have a tendency toward off-putting miscommunication through improvised exchanges. One major difference between Borat and Larry David’s character on Curb Your Enthusiasm, though, is that Borat’s interactions are meant to expose other people’s prejudices, while David’s tend to bring out his own. In addition to prejudices, both shows work to deconstruct our dependence on modern manners. While Larry actively bucks against absurd social norms on his show, Borat has no awareness of them in the first place. Ultimately both characters strive to be decent and generous people, although typically their efforts backfire in some unfortunate way.