But while Larry’s own insufferable behavior tends to create the conflict, he also ends up revealing how ridiculous other people can be, too. He may have an immovable sense of what’s right and appropriate, but almost no one wants to meet him halfway, even when he attempts to be reasonable.
“I know I’m often described as a nice guy [in real life],” David told NPR in 2015, “but—by the way, I think the guy on Curb is a nice guy. He’s just very honest.”
And he’s not always wrong.
Larry David on Becoming an Emoji: “Lucky Me”
So in honor of the show’s 20th anniversary and Larry’s many highs and lows, we’re recalling some of his most memorable run-ins with other members of that vaunted industry known as showbiz.
This doesn’t even include the endless stream of famous faces who’ve played more affronts to his very specific behavioral code—from Steven Weber‘s oyster shucker and Rob Corddry‘s sex-offender Seder guest to Vivica A. Fox‘s hurricane refugee turned love interest and Lauren Graham‘s NBC censor—but the list of stars who’ve lined up to appear as their own say-anything ids on Curb is pret-tay, pret-tay good.
Cue the music.
Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson