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<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Larry David, the guy at the back of of the main winning and significantly acclaimed sitcoms in tv background, is the point of interest of this biography. This unofficial advisor follows the occupation that has accorded him prestige as a comic book genius and garnered a fanatical followingfrom his early exploits as a stand-up comedian to his position as manufacturer and cocreator of Seinfeld and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. It explores the back-story of the belief and improvement of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a typically improvised sitcom during which the actor stars as a fictionalized model of himself. The comic’s on- and off-screen relationships with colleagues and associates reminiscent of Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Mary Steenburgen, and the forged participants of Seinfeld are mentioned, and a close episode consultant to each season of Curb Your Enthusiasm completes this informative and unique glimpse into the existence and artistic means of an exceptional comedian talent.
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Meanwhile, Jerry Seinfeld’s career was starting to get hot. The higher profile turned Seinfeld into a headliner at the clubs, and he began touring regularly as well as making more appearances on The Tonight Show, along with Late Night with David Letterman and The Merv Griffin Show. He was starting to get recognized on the street, he was making good money, he was becoming a star. It wasn’t long before he was pulling in $25,000 for a week’s run at a club. The critics, including Time magazine, were hailing him as one of the best of the current comics, a master of “observational” comedy.
Later the dvd releases brought in even more (after a controversy about compensating the actors for their commentary). But Larry had to live with everyone knowing because the media just loved to talk about it. “He has more money than God,” pronounced Esquire. Later, when CurbYour Enthusiasm was airing, it was reported everywhere that Larry had made over $200 million from syndication revenues. ’ I’d go, ‘What do you mean, I deserve it? What do I deserve? ’” He found himself apologizing for his success.
I think that what goes on in people’s lives is that most of their mind, most of the day, is occupied with tiny struggles. ” 32 PrettyPretty_4__ 6/29/10 6:20 PM Page 33 CHAPTER 5 A Show and a Phenomenon Jerry Seinfeld would act in the show; Larry David wouldn’t. Probably the two realized that Larry would be far too busy as the show runner, the head writer who was also in charge of all the scripts, making sure that the details, style, and atmosphere were right. Very likely the network wouldn’t have okayed Larry as an actor, given his less than stellar work on Fridays.