Including this man all grown up…
Names are important, that’s why we all have one. You can tell a lot about a man/woman from staring at their face, or deep into their eyes, but to really know someone, you have to know their name. And these simple monickers can tell you nearly everything you need to know. For example, no one called Neil has ever run a successful import/export fruit company, and you’d be hard pushed to find a Jimmy who couldn’t sing at least slightly in tune. There has never been a popular male model called Simon, and no one in the House of Lords is called Carlos. These are the facts. And another fact is that anyone called Larry will have a special talent, as proven by these four remarkable Larries…
1. Larry Sanders
Although a made-up sitcom character, Larry Sanders is our favourite Larry. The brainchild of the brilliant 1970s/1980s comedian Garry Shandling, he is a chat show host warped by neurosis and a massive ego. The show itself is our third favourite US sitcom ever, and probably responsible for faux-reality programmes like The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm. A great Larry.
2. Larry Graham
The greatest bass player of all time, Larry Graham was the man behind the slapping technique – once reserved only for wives by kitchen sinks, but then readapted to bass guitar playing. It was rife in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a member of Sly and the Family Stone before going off to front Graham Central Station, and he has collaborated with some wonderful artists, including Betty Davis and Prince, both of whom could be easily described as “raunchy”. He proves that some Larries can be very good at music.
3. Larry David
The sitcom world’s greatest actual real-life Larry, David was one-half of the mighty throbbing brain that conjured up Seinfeld – the greatest sitcom of them all – and now he’s continuing to blaze trails as the star of Curb Your Enthusiasm. His baldness proves that many men called Larry have to endure a pay-off for their talent, so while he might be really good at being hilarious, he will never again know what it’s like to wear a gentleman’s quiff.
4. Larry Hagman
It was a tough one, deciding on the fourth most wonderful Larry, with Fishburne, Grayson, and ... the Lamb all very nearly barging their way into the final cut. But in the end we went with the man who put the JR in Ewing, Larry Hagman. A wonderfully sleazy actor, he wasn’t just brilliant in Dallas, he was also quite handy in I Dream of Jeannie, in which he played both master and sexual love interest to a very strange magic woman.
Two great shows set to merge
Without a doubt, Seinfeld is the greatest sitcom ever made. Many moons ago, we rated it our number one. So it was with an excited quivering hand and a strange sick/elated feeling deep within our loins that we heard news of an intriguing reunion, all set to take place during series seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm – which, by the way, would probably rank around five or six in our favourite comedy shows ever. Hence this is astonishingly good news indeed, and we’ve pretty much been squealing with delight ever since we first caught wind. The premise appears to be that Larry David will spend a big portion of the next season attempting to get the cast to agree to a reunion, which, of course, would be great. Especially for Jason Alexander – the little man who played the wonderful George Costanza – and Michael Richards (Kramer), both of whom have enjoyed little success since the show finished over ten years ago. Richards did enjoy a brief moment in the sunshine when he decided to stop telling jokes and started shouting racist insults at a couple of confused black gentlemen in the middle of a comedy routine, but Alexander hasn’t been quite so fortunate. Meanwhile, Jerry and Julia Louis Dreyfus have kind of been okay, despite the so-called Seinfeld Curse.
The show airs in September in America, which means we’ll probably get it next year or something. Can’t wait.
A vodka moment, part two
One of our heroes, Larry David, turns 62 today, and what a 62 years. Around 40 of them were pretty much wasted doing nothing, and then eventually he came up with Seinfeld, which eventually led him to Curb Your Enthusiasm. He will no doubt be spending the evening having an enormously over-elaborate conversation with a waiter about whether or not he secretly tried a corner of a 62-year-old man’s birthday cake when no one was looking. He’s just that kind of guy. Hence, we thought we’d get him a gift, so we wandered down a busy shopping street looking angry and confused, before it boiled down to a toss up between a framed five pound note or a similar clip to the one we gave to Mike Tyson the other day. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Larry David!
Richard Lewis, stand up, 1981
Richard Lewis – that’s right, Richard Lewis – turns 62 today, and what a life so far. He claims to have invented the phrase “the … from Hell”, which is more or less a lie, we expect. He has also starred alongside Larry David in the excellent Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he puts in one heck of a show as the best friend from Hell. Hence we decided to buy him a gift, so we went to the worst pub we could find – the pub from Hell – and started conversing with the locals from Hell before it boiled down to a toss up between some apples from Hell, or a clip of his old stand up routine. Not from Hell. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Richard Lewis!
This guy got to be in two of them…
Oh no, that’s right, American’s aren’t funny, with their trash cans, their silly prom outfits, their big outlandish cars, their war on terror. That’s bullcrap, man! Bullcrap. Americans are just as funny as the rest of us, sometimes even more so. Here are Interestment‘s top four US Sitcoms to prove it:
Not only is this the best sitcom ever, but until The Wire it was the best TV show ever too. Four brilliant characters – Jerry the everyman, George the idiot, Kramer the maniac, and Elaine the sexy ball breaker – it has set the standard for every sitcom since. Co-creator Larry David famously went on to make Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which he essentially stepped into the shoes of his vintage alter-ego, George Costanza: