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The ‘Curb’ Effect: How Larry David Changed Comedy Forever

Everyone from Louis CK to Sacha Baron-Cohen has been influenced by him

Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm and SeinfeldLarry David Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld

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Some comedians say the things that everyone else is thinking; Larry David says the things that nobody realizes they’re allowed to think. Deep down, most people would probably prefer to quietly bow out of the grand tour of a friend’s new home, or not sing the Happy Birthday song. It takes actually seeing someone else blow off such social niceties before a person begins to question the logic of simply going along to get along. Throughout his career, Larry David has had a similar effect on his peers and his heirs – after seeing what boundaries he pushes, others begin to figure out what they too can get away with.

Here are some of the comedians, writers and TV series that have been influenced by Larry David over the years.

By Joe Berkowitz


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