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20 of Larry David's funniest quotes from 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm has become a classic comedy over the last 20 years, and it reinvented what a 30-minute sitcom should be. Following the era of sitcom shows like Friends, Frasier, and Everybody Loves Raymond dominating the screens, Curb Your Enthusiasm was a one-camera show that changed the dynamics of sitcoms forever. They could now be far more singular, cinematic and stylish. Mainly though, what David did with Curb was to subvert everything we knew about mainstream comedy.

Curb Your Enthusiasm was first premiered by HBO on October 15th, 2000, as Larry David’s brainchild who stars in the show as a slightly demented, hyperbole version of himself, and it quickly became a cult classic. David is a comedic genius that has written for the likes of Saturday Night Live, Fridays and Seinfeld, but Curb would become the perfect vehicle for his caustic brand of comedy, with him achieving the most successful spell in his career later on in life. The dialogue is largely improvised, perfect for a comedic brain like David to bounce off and is just a slice of silly delight.

It was developed from a 1999 one-hour special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, which David and HBO originally envisioned as a one-time project but little did they know the journey it would get them to embark on. The special was shot as a mockumentary, unlike the series, which, although not a mock documentary, does have a similar feel.

David spoke to Vanity Fair in 2017 and revealed the one difference between “real Larry” and “TV Larry”, which stops people from going up to him in the street, which is both a blessing and a curse. “They think that I’m going to be as brutally honest as the guy in the show and that I’m not nice,” he said. “But I am nice, which makes me sick! I wish I wasn’t.”

His dry-wit makes the show what it is and lets David express what he’d like to say in real life but chooses not to because he’s actually a good human. The character he portrays is one of the most quotable in the history of comedy, so why not celebrate Curb Your Enthusiasm with his 20 most iconic quotes from the classic programme?

Let’s dive in!

Larry David’s 20 best quotes from Curb Your Enthusiasm:

I don’t think anyone really is interested in reading about my emotional state. It’s not even interesting to me.”

I’m trying to elevate small talk to medium talk.”

You have to discover when you’re inadequate to be funny and you don’t know you’re inadequate when you’re a kid.”

You know who wears sunglasses inside? Blind people and assholes.”

When I was living in New York, there was a lot of screaming in my life. I would just get into these altercations all the time. Being in public, dealing with shopkeepers, just trying to cross the street – things like that.”

I don’t like to be out of my comfort zone, which is about a half an inch wide.”

Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man – there’s your diamond in the rough.”

I tolerate lactose like I tolerate people.”

Most people think I’m immodest.”

When I’m in social situations, I always hold onto my glass. It makes me feel comfortable and secure and I don’t have to shake hands.”

I had a wonderful childhood, which is tough because it’s hard to adjust to a miserable adulthood.”

A date is an experience you have with another person that makes you appreciate being alone.”

I’m not a person who embraces challenges. I run from challenges. I break world records running from challenges.”

Trying on pants is one of the most humiliating things a man can suffer that doesn’t involve a woman.”

I’ve been in therapy. I know enough about myself now to know that I really don’t need to know anymore.”

I’ve led this empty life for over forty years and now I can pass that heritage on and ensure that the misery will continue for at least one more generation.”

Can I apologise for the apology?”

When I’m in social situations, I always hold onto my glass. It makes me feel comfortable and secure and I don’t have to shake hands.”

I just – I can’t stand the sound of the human voice.”

It’s always good to take something that’s happened in your life and make something of it comedically.”