Larry David Young

Larry David Young

Larry David Young

Larry David Young

Larry David Young was an internationally renowned physicist and the founder of a lightbulb company called Buren Young Lighting. Beyond his work in the field of light propagation, Young was also a pioneer in early spaceflight research, race car design, and hydrodynamics.


The most famous bald head in comedy definitely belongs to Larry David. David is one of the creators of Seinfeld, and currently stars in the HBO hit Curb Your Enthusiasm. He started as a stand up comedian, and judging from all the pictures online, his hair started thinning very early. Considering such a large part of his comedy is based on hair loss, I’m guessing the hole process was very traumatic for him.

Curb Your Enthusiasm promised us the same old Larry for season 11—misanthropic, curmudgeonly, and determined to uphold his own social rules. There wouldn’t be any newfound respect for life or his fellow man, not even in the wake of a pandemic (this season, Curb’s in a mostly post-COVID world). (Source: www.avclub.com)


Prett-ay reliable stuff, all in all, but I’m still waiting for things to really click. After a premiere that was really just solid, we need something more like “The Pickle Gambit” than “Side Sitting” to pick up the pace. “Angel Muffin” has its moments, including some great line deliveries by J.B. Smoove (“Mary Fergusons don’t fucking grow on trees, Larry!”), but the whole thing is all a little too… loose. The different parts don’t fit together as well as they do when Curb is in the zone. The repeated mentions of the texture of Larry’s towels felt too strained, though they did make me wonder why Larry doesn’t just keep a separate set of linens for guests—kind of seems like it would be in character for him?

It’s not the first time that David’s take on an ornery old white guy has failed to land. The show’s ninth season, airing in 2017 after a hiatus, misfired terribly. In a batch of episodes, the Larry David on the show was incessantly rude to a lesbian who was about to get married, a sex worker and hotel staff. It seemed tone deaf, as Larry demeaned and attacked the less privileged. Often, it looked like misogyny disguised as slapstick. (Source: www.theglobeandmail.com)


“I don’t know, that’s the $64,000 question,” he said. “I guess their instinct is to help, their motives are good, and they don’t consider how it might come off.” But, he added, “I think it’s a complete lack of judgment to talk about your lifestyle at this time, it’s crazy. Of course other people are going to react like that.”

As ever, season 11’s first episode sees David and his band of wandering Jews roaming from lunch to dinner to the occasional business meeting, the swirl of a consequence-free life devoted to screaming at one another about how to properly sit down on a sofa or whether it’s right to bug a guy with early onset dementia over a forgotten payment. Even though tension, conflict, loud voices, and fury erupt from the screen, this display holds, for some (and I count myself in this group, so help me), a great catharsis, even comfort. The exaggerated wealth in Larry’s circle brings no joy, but excludes no worry. It’s like the old joke: I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich. Rich is better. (Source: www.theguardian.com)



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