30 Amazing Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Larry David


Larry David, best known as the star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as well as the co-creator of the television series "Seinfeld," has been in the entertainment industry since the 1980s. With three Golden Globe nominations, and 2 Primetime Emmy Awards to his name, he is considered one of the greatest comedians ever. Here are some unique facts about the American comedian:

  1.  He was voted as the 23rd greatest comedy star ever, by fellow comedians and comedy insiders, in a British poll to select "The Comedian's Comedian," in the year 2004.
  2.  As a stand-up comedian, he is known for walking off the stage without performing any jokes, just after surveying the crowd, saying "This just isn't going to work," after sensing no connection with the audience.
  3.  One of the most popular terms in the American pop culture lexicon - "Larry David Moment," is actually a result of the popularity of his show "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The term refers to inadvertently causing a socially awkward situation.
  4.  Some of the stories in the show "Seinfeld," like the one in which George returns to a job, a few days after quitting it, are said to be based on things that has happened to him in his life.
  5.  One of his trademarks is that his writing uses humor derived from awkward social situations, often using articles of clothing as major plot devices.
  6.  He is said to be the primary inspiration to the character of George Costanza, in the show "Seinfeld," though the actual surname is based on one of Jerry's real-life acquaintance Michael Costanza.
  7.  He is known to carry a pad of paper and a pencil with him, no matter where he goes to record his ideas, which is typically based on his real-life interactions with people.
  8.  David has been nominated a total of 19 times for an Emmy, for his work in the "Seinfeld" show, which has been ranked as the third-best TV show of all time by Entertainment Weekly. He had won two Emmys - once for best comedy and once for best writing.
  9.  Lawrence Gene David was born on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, to Mortimer Julius "Morty" David and Rose @ Regina Brandes.
  10.  His father was a men's clothing manufacturer. He also has an elder brother named Ken. The family resided in the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay.
  11.  He, through the "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." show, learned that his paternal great-great-grandfather was Henry Bernstein, who had fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  12.  He attended the Sheepshead Bay High School, before graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor's degree in History. He, then, enlisted in the United States Army Reserve.
  13.  During his time at the University of Maryland, he was also a brother in the Tau Epsilon Phi, commonly referred to as TEP.
  14.  He started developing his own take on all kinds of matters, and discovered that he is good at making others laugh, just by being himself.
  15.  In the initial days of his career, he worked as a store clerk, limousine driver and historian, while living in the Manhattan Plaza, in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.
  16.  From 1980 to 1982, he was a writer and a cast member of the ABC's "Fridays," which was more like a turning point in his career.
  17.  He was the writer of NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL), for one season, from 1984 to 1985, in which he got only one sketch that he had written aired, and that too, was the last sketch of the night.
  18.  During his stay at the Manhattan Plaza, he was living across the hall from Kenny Kramer, who is said to be the inspiration for the Cosmo Kramer character in the show "Seinfeld."
  19.  It was while working for "Saturday Night Live," that he quit his writing job, and showed up to work after two days, acting as though nothing happened.
  20.  He had written 62 episodes for the show "Seinfeld," which also includes the 1992's "The Contest." The said episode is ranked as the No. 1 episode on the TV Guide's list of "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time."
  21.  During his tenure as writer for "Seinfeld," he was reportedly quite volatile in meetings with NBC executives, often outright refusing their notes and suggestions, which led to the eventual ban on him from attending any meetings.
  22.  He has always been a New York Yankees fan. He has also been friendly with Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, who was a neighbor from Martha's Vineyard, and even attended his wedding.
  23.  Initially, HBO and David, envisioned "Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm," as just a one-time project, which aired for an hour. But it eventually became what is now the most famous "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
  24.  While working for "Seinfeld," he is said to have instituted the famous policy of "no hugging, no learning", which means that the show has to avoid sentimentality and moral lessons. He had also stated that the characters in the show must never learn or grow from their wrongdoings.
  25.  He was said to be have been very adamant that every character of the lead quartet in the "Seinfeld" show, had a storyline in each episode, and even had it all charted it out on the writers' room, to keep close track of the plots and screen time.
  26.  Apart from "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he had written and directed the 1998 film "Sour Grapes," which was neither a commercial nor a critical success. He has even expressed regrets over directing the film.
  27.  He played the lead role as Boris Yelnikoff, in Woody Allen's 2009 movie "Whatever Works." It is reported that Allen cast David in the lead role, as the latter is one of the few comedians that makes him laugh.
  28.  He was firm supporter of Barack Obama, and actively campaigned for the candidate during the 2008 U.S Presidential Election.
  29.  He married Laurie Lennard, the producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," on March 31, 1993, and has two daughters - Cazzie Laurel and Romy March. The couple's relationship ended with them filing for divorce on July 13, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. The duo sought joint custody of their two daughters.
  30.  He was honored with the Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement, from the Writers Guild of America, for his contribution to television writing, in the year 2010.
  31.  Larry David Net Worth: $400 Million

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