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Larry David delivers laughs, insight

Larry David came, he conquered, and he delivered great laughs.

The actor, comedian, and mastermind behind Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm brought his witty personality to Emerson’s filled-to-capacity Semel Theater on November 13 for “A Conversation with Larry David.”


Larry David

Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David, P '16, with sports broadcaster Michael Kay during a conversation with Emerson students at the Semel Theater on November 13, 2013. (Photo by Michelle Kwong '15)

Michael Kay, the Emmy Award–winning television announcer for the New York Yankees, moderated the talk. Kay stayed true to the format of his talk show on the YES Network, Hit and Run, by asking David a series of rapid–fire short trivia questions during the event.

A proud parent of an Emerson sophomore, David described to the audience the start of his comedic career.


Larry David, Schoenherr

Jeff Schoenherr, vice president of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, presents Larry David, P '16, with an “Emerson Dad” T-shirt as moderator Michael Kay, an announcer for the New York Yankees, looks on. (Photo by Michelle Kwong '15)

“After college, I took an acting class. I didn’t like the acting part of it but I noticed they would start laughing when I would just talk as myself. So I thought, ‘Gee, alright, maybe I’ll try that,’” said David.

He met his future Seinfeld co-creator and friend, Jerry Seinfeld, at the comedy club Catch a Rising Star.

“We got along right away,” said David.

The two comedians would hang out, write together, and add jokes to each other’s material. Seinfeld eventually approached David about NBC’s interest in doing a show.      

With David, inspiration can strike anywhere, even at a grocery store.

“We went to a grocery store and started talking about products in the store. And I said, ‘This is the show. This is what the show should be,’” said David. “We had a particular way of talking that other people didn’t have and I’d never heard dialogue like that on television.”

David went on to write 62 episodes for the series.


Larry David

Larry David, P '16, at the Semel Theater on November 13, 2013. (Photo by Michelle Kwong '15)

“The idea of the show is about how a comedian gets his material. I’m very surprised at the success of the show, especially because I participated in it,” David quipped.

Kay told the audience David plays a more abstract version of himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm and it is also based on the character of George Costanza in Seinfeld.

“Except I’m much handsomer,” David said.

When asked which character best reflects his personality, David replied: “I love Larry David from Curb. I love him because he says everything that I’m thinking and gets away with it. He’s a bit of a sociopath. I aspire to be that Larry David. If I had one wish in life, I want to be Larry David.”

“A Conversation with Larry David” was followed by a question and answer session with students.

Kay, who also hosts a radio show for ESPN New York, broadcasted his show on November 13 live from Emerson’s WERS-FM studios.

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