Larry David reveals the “worst thing” a guest star can do on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

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Larry David has reflected upon Curb Your Enthusiasm, which recently ended after 12 seasons, and revealed the “worst thing” a guest star could do on the iconic comedy series.

The programme amassed a reputation for the string of guest stars it welcomed over the years. Due to the show’s acclaimed status, Hollywood stars were desperate to appear alongside David in the hit programme, which sees the comedy hero portray a fictionalised version of himself.

Unlike other sitcoms, Curb Your Enthusiasm relied heavily upon improvisation, which David believes is the reason why it was so attractive to actors compared with other shows.

In a new appearance on the Smartless podcast, hosted by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes, the Seinfeld co-creator remarked: “I think it’s the improvising, actors really love to improvise.”

During the latest series of the programme alone, David welcomed Bruce Springsteen to the world of Curb Your Enthusiasm and other former guest stars include, Ben Stiller, Jon Hamm, Martin Scorsese, David Schwimmer, and Bill Hader.

However, while the idea of appearing in Curb Your Enthusiasm seems like an actors dream, a couple of notable figures have fallen short when they stepped on set, according to David.

He explained to the hosts: “It’s only happened a couple of times in the show where people were trying to be funny. And that’s, like, the worst thing you can do.”

During these awkward situations, David was forced to pull them aside to say, “Here’s the note: Don’t try to be funny. That’s the note.”

In February, David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star and childhood friend, Richard Lewis, sadly passed away after suffering a fatal heart attack.

Following his death, David emotionally said in a statement: “Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital, and for most of my life, he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest.”

After 24 years on the screen, Curb Your Enthusiasm finally came to a close on April 7th, 2024, when the last episode, ‘No Lessons Learned’, aired on HBO.

Being the finale of the beloved series, the final episode became something of an all-encompassing celebration of 12 seasons of Curb, with several iconic characters making long-awaited returns. Furthermore, David also used the programme to pay a subtle tribute to the final episode of Seinfeld, which initially aired in 1998.

Listen to David on the Smartless podcast below.

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