The one-time king of sitcom has returned with an awful slapstick-and-catchphrase version of Curb that’s like fourth-rate Benny Hill. Prettay, prettay bad
Larry David doesn’t know when to stop. Obviously this is true of his fictionalised incarnation, but it’s also increasingly true of the real Larry David – the comedy genius who has, over the course of an amazing career, reinvented the sitcom not once but twice.
Given its initial strangeness, Curb Your Enthusiasm has been remarkably influential. Because variations on the format are part of the language of television now, it’s easily forgotten how original the show seemed when it started. Subsequently, everyone from Jack Dee to Michael Barrymore and David Hasselhoff has tried something vaguely – or indeed embarrassingly – approximate. So now, it’s just another sitcom. In any field of creative enterprise, pioneers are doomed to fall back into the pack as everyone else catches up. Curb still deserves kudos for being there first.