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Curb Your Enthusiasm, one of the best comedies of all time, is nearing its end.


According to popular belief, an individual’s personality can be revealed by the theme song they imagine when hearing the HBO intro. Some may associate with the regal grandeur of the Game of Thrones opening, while others may hear the low thumping bass of The Sopranos theme or the strange gurgling of The White Lotus. Personally, I identify with the three rising tuba notes that signal the beginning of the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song. This is because, as many would agree, Curb Your Enthusiasm is considered HBO’s greatest show.

Be prepared to say goodbye to the tuba in the near future, as Larry David has revealed that the 12th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm will be its final one. This may not come as a shock, as earlier this year a producer prematurely shared on Twitter that they were filming the last scene of the series, but quickly deleted the post.

John McEnroe with David in season six.

Even though we may have anticipated this, we should still appreciate and enjoy Curb Your Enthusiasm while it’s still on. As HBO’s longest-running scripted drama series, with its first episode airing 23 years ago, it’s easy to overlook the impact of Curb. This is unfortunate because it could be argued that there has been no other comedy as influential in the last 50 years.

Curb’s brilliance was in blending the structure of Seinfeld – the popular show co-created by Larry David, known for its perfect convergence of various plotlines at the end of each episode – with a more relaxed, spontaneous approach. On Curb, actors were provided with a thorough outline for each scene, but also had the freedom to improvise and ad-lib within those boundaries. This may not seem revolutionary now, as countless TV comedies have since emulated this formula. For those in the comedy industry, Curb Your Enthusiasm is an essential part of the landscape.

Despite being on the air for 23 years, the show Curb has maintained a remarkable level of consistency. While production values have improved and Larry David now dresses more flatteringly, the core of the show remains the same. It centers around David challenging societal norms and etiquette, and being challenged in return. The show tackles questions such as appropriate tipping amounts and the proper order of addressing people in a doctor’s waiting room. It also explores David’s identity as a Jewish man who enjoys eating Palestinian chicken.

Jon Hamm shadowing Larry in season 10.

Larry David’s persona is known for acting on impulses that most people suppress. He has gained a mystique over the years, with many wondering if he is similar in real life. I recently had the opportunity to interview him for a book about baldness, and have since received numerous inquiries about whether he is the same off-screen as he is on-screen (the answer is a resounding “yes,” which even made me laugh like a child). Despite his possible dislike for such praise, Larry is truly adored.

Curb consistently kept things interesting by introducing new actors at opportune moments. While long-standing members Jeff Garlin and Richard Lewis have been there since the beginning, the show has a knack for knowing when to add new faces. JB Smoove’s Leon Black is a perfect example; originally intended as a one-time character, he brought so much energy to the show that he now stays as Larry’s housemate. In the latest season, Tracey Ullman stole the show as Larry’s hesitant love interest, Irma Kostroski.

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Tracey Ullman in season 11.

Each person will have their preferred moments from Curb Your Enthusiasm, possibly including those from the season that served as a casual reunion for Seinfeld. In particular, the episode The Table Read has multiple memorable moments, such as Bob Einstein’s Marty Funkhouser making Jerry Seinfeld laugh uncontrollably with a joke too inappropriate to share. However, there are numerous unforgettable moments from other seasons as well. Examples include Larry asking John McEnroe nonsensical questions (“Were you shy as a child?” “Do you have any allergies?” “Do you like life?”) while acting as his driver. There’s also the instance of Larry furiously texting a child “NO I DON’T WATCH WIZARDS OF WAVERLEY PLACE. I’M AN ADULT!!!!!!!” and Jon Hamm slowly adopting all of Larry’s mannerisms and speech patterns, much to everyone’s dismay.

Although David has declared the conclusion of Curb Your Enthusiasm in the past, we should not jump to conclusions. He has previously left the show to pursue other projects, such as the underrated film Clear History and a Broadway play titled A Fish in the Dark in 2015, only to return to the show again in 2016. It is possible that history may repeat itself, or perhaps this truly is the end. If so, let us appreciate Curb Your Enthusiasm for what it has always been – a truly enjoyable show.

Source: theguardian.com