Larry David, the man behind two of the most successful and critically acclaimed sitcoms in television history, is the focus of this biography. This unofficial guide follows the career that has accorded him status as a comic genius and garnered a fanatical following—from his early exploits as a stand-up comic to his role as producer and cocreator of Seinfeld and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. It explores the back-story of the conception and development of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a mostly improvised sitcom in which the actor stars as a fictionalized version of himself. The comic’s on- and off-screen relationships with colleagues and friends such as Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Mary Steenburgen, and the cast members of Seinfeld are discussed, and a detailed episode guide to every season of Curb Your Enthusiasm completes this informative and entertaining glimpse into the life and creative process of a great comic talent.
In Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good, titled after Larry David's key catchphrase, readers follow the early exploits of Larry's stand-up career, his days writing for Seinfeld and learn how Curb was conceived and developed. The book also explores Larry's on and off-screen relationships with famous pals like Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and the cast of Seinfeld and contains an in-depth episode guide to Curb Your Enthusiasm.
A philosophical look at the best comedy show on TV.
The Book of Leon
Author: Leon Black, JB Smoove, Iris Bahr
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Everyone’s favorite houseguest who never left, Leon Black (played by award-winning comedian JB Smoove on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) drops his wisdom and good-bad advice for the masses. Learn the secrets Larry David has gleaned from the Falstaff of television. Live your best Leon. Bring the Ruckus. Aristotle. Gandhi. Lao Tzu. Dr. Ruth. Amateurs. For centuries bespeckled dorks have pored over the scrolls of the ancients, read tea leaves, and looked to the stars for philosophy, wisdom, and advice. While some people have probably offered good advice, and others offer bad advice, Leon is here to offer his brand of good-bad advice. These are the musings of a master genius spitting out the secrets of the universe—to help you become just like him. Be forewarned: in opening this tome and Leon’s mind, you need to be prepared for straight talk. The kind of unfiltered blunt straight talk that pounds on your door, invites itself in, makes itself at home, helps itself to your food, security pass code, your expensive organic beet juice, and finally makes itself comfortable on that twin bed in your guest room. All the while you think you’re helping it—but really it’s helping you help yourself! Because that’s how this book doozit. Leon Black, he ain’t wrong...he just ain’t right.
Fish in the Dark
Author: Larry David
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Fish in the Dark is the astonishing playwriting debut by Larry David, the multiple Emmy-winning star of Curb Your Enthusiasm and co-creator of Seinfeld. This sidesplitting play, a testimony to David’s great writing talent, is also his first time on Broadway—in fact, his first time acting on stage since eighth grade. In Fish in the Dark Larry David stars as Norman Drexel, a man in his fifties who is average in most respects except for his hyperactive libido. As Norman and his family try to navigate the death of a loved one, old acquaintances and unsettled arguments resurface with hilarious consequences. Fish in the Dark has its world premiere at the Cort Theatre on Broadway on March 5, 2015, starring Larry David.
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: THE BOOK is the much-anticipated and official companion volume to the hit TV show, rapidly gaining currency as one of the classics of modern comedy. The brainchild of Larry David, CURB's five seasons have gained legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic, simultaneously aghast and delighted at the world in which LD makes most of the people around him, and frequently himself, miserable during the pursuit of his own happiness. CURB: THE BOOK is a fascinating account of ingenious improvisational comedy in the making. With unprecedented access to the set, the book provides a compelling picture of how things go from bad to worse in Larry David's Los Angeles, and represents a wonderful insight into the show for fans: full of episode summaries, transcripts and backstage gossip. It also features original interviews with the show's stars, including LD himself, and the many guest stars, as well as unique insights into the storyboarding of this improvised show. With reproductions of Larry David's original scene outlines, readers get to trace the actual evolution of classic scenes from "real life" to the cutting room. CURB: THE BOOK is a lovingly crafted tribute to each of Larry David's most outrageous routines -- their origins, inspirations, development, and fruition.
Describes the author's experiences as a broken-hearted, middle-aged man who after visiting his neurotic divorcing parents one summer was spontaneously befriended by the Seinfeld actor and writer, a bond that led to a shared spiritual quest of healing and life exploration.
Author: Jeff Garlin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The comedian and actor chronicles his year-long journey to live a more Earth-friendly lifestyle and lose seventy-five pounds, from exercising under the tutelage of a former "Solid Gold" dancer to avoiding his penchant for eating pudding and napping.
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
"An uproarious behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the hit television series describes how comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld dreamed up the idea for an unconventional sitcom over coffee and how, despite network skepticism and minimal plotlines, achieved mainstream success, "--NoveList.
The Seinfeld Scripts
Author: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
Publisher: Harper Collins
Jerry. George. Elaine. Kramer. We've followed their misadventures for nearly ten years on Thursday nights. Here, finally, are the scripts of the first two seasons that will take you back to the beginning of Seinfeld. Featuring the first 17 episodes ever aired, The Seinfeld Scripts contains all the great lines that have kept us laughing for years: the pilot episode, "The Seinfeld Chronicles," where it all began; George introduces his importer/exporter altar ego Art Vanderlay in "The Stakeout"; Kramer becomes obsessed with cantaloupe in "The Ex-Girlfriend"; Jerry and George meet Elaine's dad in "The Jacket"; is Jerry responsible for a poor Polish woman's death when he makes "The Pony Remark"?; Jerry and Elaine decide to become intimate again in "The Deal"; what will George do when he is banned from the executive bathroom in "The Revenge"?; and Jerry, George, and Elaine wait for a table in "The Chinese Restaurant." It's all here: the award-winning writing of Seinfeld, "the defining sitcom of our age". Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Elaine: My roommate has Lyme disease. Jerry: Lyme disease? I thought she had Epstein-Barr syndrome? Elaine: She has this in addition to Epstein-Barr. It's like Epstein-Barr with a twist of Lyme disease. George: She calls me up at my office she says, "We have to talk." Jerry: The four worst words in the English language. Kramer: What a body. Yeeaaah...that's for me. Jerry: Yeah and you're just what she's looking for, too--a stranger, leering through a pair of binoculars ten floors up.
Author: Josh Levine
Publisher: ECW Press
Traces Seinfeld's life, discusses the background of his television program and its relationship to his own experience, and profiles his collaborators and co-stars
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Seinfeld. For more than 33 million viewers, the Emmy Award-winning television show has become a Thursday night ritual. Even though the show has ended, Jerry Seinfeld's distinct brand of humor can still be yours. In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, SeinLanguage, Jerry Seinfeld has captured on the page his views on topics ranging from Raisinettes to relationships, from childhood to cop shows, and from parents to power suits. This must-have book for all fans—and who isn't a fan?—remains available in both paperback and hardcover. From the Paperback edition.
Drawing on conversations with hundreds of women about their genitalia, the author presents a collection of performance pieces from her one-woman show of the same name.
STOP BORING ME
Author: Kathy Klotz-Guest
Coming up constantly with a steady stream of marketing content, stories, and ideas that inspire excitement, interest and banish boring can be challenging. Your content-weary audience is saying "Stop Boring Me!" You cannot connect meaningfully with your audience if you bore them. There's just too much content chasing too little mindshare today. And most business marketing stinks because it is transactional, superficial and not human. The good news: it doesn't have to be that way because everyone is creative. Your inner kid is smart because it knows how to play. What if you could create engaging marketing content and storytelling, and generate kick-ass, fun and relevant ideas for stories, articles, branding, social media campaigns, sales presentations, and even new products? Well there is a fun way to do exactly that: by applying key concepts from the world of improvisation. Don't worry - this is not about theatricality, so you don't have to perform. It is about playfulness, however, and unleashing your inner kid. Bringing key concepts from the improvisation stage to your marketing, sales, branding and products page - or business stage, if you like - can help you, your team, your company and your business generate ideas that kick boring to the curb. While this book will help you be more funny, it's focused on fun as a creative catalyst for content idea orgasms: when different things come together in a fresh, human and engaging way that makes you and your audience say "aww yeah!" The first half of the book centers on how to use key improv concepts to craft and tell better stories for sales, social media, articles, presentations, content, and other story-related contexts. The second half of the book is all about innovating massively creative marketing ideas for products, content, campaigns, customer service, sales processes, you name it. While this book was written primarily for marketing people who have to create content, tell stories, make presentations; anyone in the idea-generation business (and who isn't) can use the tips in this book. Whether you are in marketing, sales, HR, product or customer service, these exercises will help you innovate and unleash more creative awesome into your work. Here is to more idea orgasms for you and your audience.
King of the Half Hour
Author: David Everitt
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Nat Hiken was the driving force behind the 1950s and 1960s series Sgt Bilko and Car 54, Where Are You?. This biography of the television pioneer places him in broadcast history, drawing on first-hand interviews with some well-known TV personalities such as Carol Burnett and Alan King.