Wednesday, September 05, 2007

It's Not TV, It's HB - Oh Crap. Him Again

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If you’re a fan of Larry David, sorry, but I’m still burned that HBO got rid of "John from Cincinnati" and keeps shows like this on the air.

I gave Larry David’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm" a try. In fact, I’ve given it five or six tries. Each time, I sit there wondering when the jokes are coming. This guy’s pathetic life is not funny to me. At all. His whining antics and ho-hum pabulum got stale back in the 90s when it was called "Seinfeld." And yet, people apparently love this guy. In one recent episode, there were cameos from Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Steven Colbert, David Schwimmer, Nathan Lane and Jerry Seinfeld.

This guy has power and clout. And I will never be in charge of programming at HBO.

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  • Try watching a bunch of episodes together.

    The first few times I saw CYE, it was on after the Sopranos and well, nothing is funny after the Sopranos.

    Some CYE episodes are brilliant and others more painful. But it's a world beyond Seinfeld and I'm anxiously awaiting the return.

    Though I suspect you have to be Jewish, from West LA (or both) to truly get a lot of the jokes, which are very much "in-jokes"

    By Blogger Toad, at September 5, 2007 at 2:16 PM  

  • Toad:

    It is very much an "insiders" show - which may be part of the reason I don't like it. But I'll give a few back-to-backs a try.

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at September 5, 2007 at 2:20 PM  

  • It's weird how some shows click with some people and not at all with others. Personally, I enjoy CYE, I think for the crafty plot lines and the shrew that plays the agent's wife. But now I wish I'd seen John from Cincinnati.

    By Anonymous capt. flummox, at September 5, 2007 at 4:19 PM  

  • I’ll leave racial speculation for others.

    Tt, I don’t mind inside jokes, but comedy is universal. There isn’t any here. It’s almost like some bad sociology experiment where you watch to see how long it takes for someone to smack him.

    There are plenty of assholes on sitcoms and cable shows, but at least you find something redeemable in them that makes you give them a second chance, that thing that makes you go: “Okay, I’ll forgive you this time.” Two seconds later, there they go being a jerk again, but they flash that smile and you fall for it again.

    Perfect example is Ricky Gervais in the UK version of the Office. He‘s a total dick, buffoon, idiot, etc., but he also has the ability to make you feel sorry for him. Steve Cannel in the train wreck American version? Nope. Even Archie Bunker, as abhorrent as he was, still gave you glimpses into his character that made you feel for the guy.

    But Larry has nothing redeemable about him. Not a fucking thing. All I have for him is hate because that’s all the emotion he creates in us.

    If I had to name one show that is my all-time most hated, right up there with Sex in the City and the aforementioned American Office, this is it. Amazing that this is the same network that created the brilliant Larry Sanders.

    It’s so unfunny I’d rather watch Mad Men.

    By Blogger Make the logo bigger, at September 6, 2007 at 12:10 AM  

  • You left out conceited, butt breath, over rated, smug, bland, and a fuck tard who talks through his nose. I'd say I hate him, but he is not even worth it.

    By Blogger New York Punk, at September 6, 2007 at 8:36 PM  

  • Tough room.

    By Anonymous capt. flummox, at September 7, 2007 at 2:08 PM  

  • Funny - I was thinking the same thing when I heard they had renewed the show. Have watched several times and just don't get it. Maybe it's because I have a vagina...most men I know think it's simply hilarious. Is it a stooges thing that I'm not genetically able to get?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 7, 2007 at 2:08 PM  

  • Anon:

    Not a Stooges thing, though I never much cared for them either, unless you're talking Iggy Pop. And I'm surprised by your findings, as Larry David is like some sort of Anti-Man, like what happens when you become city-bound, rich and pampered. He's completely emasculated. Maybe most of your male friends are metrosexual intellectuals?

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at September 7, 2007 at 2:17 PM  

  • 'got stale back in the 90s when it was called 'Seinfeld''.....tsk tsk, jetpacks. And now everyone lauds Seinfeld for being so great. Perhaps in 10 years we'll look back on CYE and think the same thing. He's not much on the screen - I'll give you that...but Larry David's writing is certainly funny...especially when it makes you squirm.

    By Blogger thompanilla, at September 7, 2007 at 5:57 PM  

  • I'm with the haters here. I don't get it at all, I find him difficult to watch and truly unfunny. I feel like he tried to roll all the Seinfeld characters into one and do it himself - if you watch I feel like you can see him slip out of one and into another.

    PS - My image verification is fuqygyw - you tryin to tell me something?

    By Anonymous Catch Up Lady, at September 9, 2007 at 12:40 PM  

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