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July 2: Larry David

July 1, 2015

AR-AI906A_FISH_8S_20150219134504Comedy writer, actor, and producer Larry David, the co-creator and head writer of Seinfeld, television’s highest-ranked comedy in history, was born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn on this date in 1947. David did stand-up comedy while working a dozen jobs and living in artists’ housing in New York. He landed an uneventful two-year stint writing for Saturday Night Live, then launched Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld in 1988. David was with the show for seven years, writing more than sixty episodes, including the series finale. His own personality was most embodied by the character George Costanza, who combines a conscience-free id with a large propensity for humiliating himself. David played a similar character on Curb Your Enthusiasm, his comedy show on HBO, which portrays the life of a rich, insensitive, opinionated, indignant putz of a writer. Larry David has received Emmy Awards galore and is now on Broadway with Fish In The Dark, which he wrote and starred in for the first five months of its run, when he was replaced by Jason Alexander, who played George Constanza on Seinfeld. To see him handing out insults to people, look below.

“Suppress the good and let the bad out, and then you can be funny.” —Larry David