No comedy fan can ask, “Larry who?” anymore. From stand-up comedy and “Saturday Night Live” to “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry David has had an incredible career. Now, with his current Broadway show “Fish in the Dark”, David is a full-fledged cult classic icon. His humor is refreshing and addictive in all its unflattering and unflinchingly-honest glory. In “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for example, he manages to pack tough life lessons in hilarious, real-life vignettes.
Lesson 1: Be honest. It’s funnier.
In an interview with Bob Simon on 60 Minutes, David said “When you tell the truth about how you’re feeling, it becomes funny.” He followed his own advice in “Curb” by indulging his audience with episode after episode depicting what might happen if you’re brutally honest all the time. Most of the time, people think you’re a jerk. But, it makes great comedy.
Lesson 2: No response means no.
In Season 8 Episode 7 of “Curb,” David shows that when someone doesn’t RSVP to an invitation, that means they don’t want to come. Although these people probably tell you that they “forgot” or “lost” the invitation or they “couldn’t figure out how to work the website” to RSVP, in reality, they care very little about coming. They care even less about responding because they don’t care that much about you. And that’s okay because now you know you can care very little about them, too. Now, you both have a much more open social calendar, and you have greater clarity on who your real friends are. Now neither of you have to justify some lame excuse not to hang out. Isn’t that so much better?
Lesson 3: Apologies are just punishment.
In Season 1 Episode 1 of “Curb,” it becomes obvious that when someone asks you to write a letter of apology, they don’t really care about your apology. They just want to punish you. No really. They don’t care about your actual apology. They just want to make you suffer. They want to make you spend time writing your letter instead of doing what you actually want to do, which is probably a lot more fun than apologizing for something you’re not really that sorry about. A letter of apology is a convenient little lie to help everyone move on.
Lesson 4: Don’t flaunt your tummy.
According to Larry David in Season 7 Episode 6, there are certain areas to cover up during daylight hours in polite company. Or really just any company. Belly fat, muffin tops and any sort of bare midriff are not appropriate for the office. It doesn’t matter how fat or skinny you are or whether you’re male or female. No one wants to see that at work. Just “take a break from the flaunt” and choose something between that and a burka. It’s not misogynistic. It’s just good sense.
Lesson 5: Dream bigger.
In an interview at the New Yorker Festival in 2014, David said that his parents’s dream for him was to have a stable job with benefits. “My mother actually wanted me to be a mailman. That was her dream. Best case scenario,” states David. But, of course, David had no interest in being a mailman — the idea of being hit by giant hail was too much for him. So, he turned to comedy and was convinced for a while that he would someday be homeless. Instead, he made it big as the co-creator of Seinfeld. And we’re so glad he did.