Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that –  completely revolutionised the comedy scene as a lot of it was improvised and there was no scripts –  Curb your Enthusiasm

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Opening Titles / theme tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers.- IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

9 Seasons

Characters:

Larry David – Larry David

Jeff Garlin – Jess Greene

Cheryl Hyes – Cheryl David

Susie Essmen – Susie Greene

 

Trivia

+Whenever Larry inevitably finds himself lying to wife Cheryl about his latest convoluted mishap, actress Cheryl Hines is as genuinely in the dark as her character. That’s because she is not privy to the full script outline, only being exposed to her own scenes.

+ There is no script to each episode, just a heavily detailed plot outline, which the actors all improvise. On average, each scene will require between 7 or 8 takes which is very high for a TV series on a tight schedule.

+ Larry David and Richard Lewis, who has a recurring role as himself, went to summer camp together at the age of 13, lost contact and reconnected on the New York comedy club circuit nearly 15 years later.

+ In the first season, they filmed in an empty house for the Davids’ home. When someone actually moved into the house, the production (and the fictional Davids) were forced into finding a different house.

+ In the pilot, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999), it was stated that Larry and Cheryl had children though they were never shown. In the series, they do not have children.

+Due to the show’s improvisational nature, there are no writing credits except for “Story by Larry David”. One notable exception is in the seventh season, where the script for the Seinfeld (1989) reunion is attributed to Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld – albeit in the fake show’s credits.

 

Classic Clips

 

Elevator Inconvenience

 

Mile High Hero

 

Subway Hero

 

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