Monday, April 11, 2016

Top 10 Larry David Performances

(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then cutting to The Last Of The Americans)

TLOTA: I'm James Faraci The Last Of The Americans and the views that I'm about to express are that of my own and some of yours. Larry David is a friggin' comedic GENIUS! (“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as images of Larry David are shown and James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover): And it feels like it's been that way forever from his days on the short lived "Fridays" to his work on Saturday Night Live as of late. But what is it about him that makes him entertaining? (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA: Well we'll get to the bottom of the that as we countdown ten of Larry David's best performances. So kick back and think long and hard about the humor of the mundane. This is the Top 10 Funniest Larry David performances. (“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as images of Larry David are shown while a central image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown then the words "The Top Ten Funniest" are on the top of Larry David's head and the words "Larry David Performances" are on the bottom as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 10

10) Sister Mary-Mengele in  the Farrelly Brothers "The Three Stooges"

TLOTA (Voiceover): Possibly one of the few good things out of this dogpile was Larry David's performance as this nun who was about as likable as sandpaper toilet paper. Even the trailer was smart enough to have Sister Mary-Mengele be the first person getting the eyebrow poke! And then came the entire performance, Larry got the daylights knocked out of him but he took it all in stride. But I think it's safe to say he was in on how much of a stinker it is and did the best he could and he was a trooper for putting up with being both a nun AND being beaten to a pulp! He was one of the few funny things that worked in this turkey and it shows.

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 9

9) "Fridays"

TLOTA (Voiceover): I put this classic series waaaaaaaay down here because the only reasons people remember this was because of an incident involving Andy Kaufman shattering a sketch but also it was successful for at least a small amount of time especially during the sixth through the eighth seasons of "SNL" which would eventually have a former cast member be a part of their tenth season as well as Larry David in the writing staff and the occasional sketch but the cast including Melanie Chartoff, Rich Hall, Michael Richards and of course Larry David was relatively funny and in sketches and musical numbers that tanked and then some but apparently there was something that shone through the bottom of the barrel especially in which Larry David plays Larry OF the Three Stooges getting baked on the Mary Jane to which I ask the following to you which was worse The Sketch from "Fridays" in which the Three Stooges are made to be drug heads or the Farrelly Brothers movie? Regardless this did show Larry David at his earliest and what would come from those days would be a comedic genius!

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 8

8) Sour Grapes

TLOTA (Voiceover): This was Larry David's only movie where he directed. And it's easy to see why. The plot was interesting A guy and his cousin in a casino wins close to half a million dollars on  two quarters for a slot machine and what happens afterwards. The cousin feels he should get half of the cash because it was HIS quarters that his cousin used to win the money so he should get at least half but then chaos between the cousins ensues. Now that sounds like comedy gold but the critics crucified the movie and the movie died a painful death and eventually even Larry David regrets it so much it became a joke on the Pilot Episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm". But I hope people do give it a chance, it was funny and I hope it becomes a cult classic!

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 7

7) The cameo in the Hannah Montana episode "My Best Friend's Boyfriend"


TLOTA: My associate the Rowdy Reviewer got it right on the nose when it came to this series but one of the greatest moments this series had was having Larry David and his actual daughters cameo in the episode. While it was brief, it gave kids that around my nieces age who this guy is and what he's been in though it does show how most people in Los Angeles who have high end restaurants to those who've been around for a while and those who are just young acts who will flame out before their first attempt to regain their relevance six weeks after they become relevant and you know what's even crazier. He was just hanging around the set with his daughters and the executive producers and writers decided to ask Larry to cameo with his daughters and he was fine with it. So it shows how even he can poke at who he is and enjoy it as well.

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 6


6) " The Acceptance Speech for the Laurel Award at the WGA Awards"

TLOTA (Voiceover): Just watching this guy roast himself and what he does and how he got his start and how he got there is hilarious. But when you see it, you can tell he was truly humbled by the award and how lucky he was to get the breaks in his career which I think he earned!

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 5


5) "Fish in the Dark"

TLOTA (Voiceover): While sitting Shiva with his friend & lawyer who had lost his father, Larry David came up with the plot for this short lived but critically polarizing Broadway play about a dysfunctional family as not only do they come to terms with the passing of their father but what is going to happen to them and on the outside it does sound like a good drama but with Larry David's talent turned it into a great comedy.


(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 4


4) The "It's Garry Shandling's Show" episode "Sarah"

TLOTA (Voiceover): We recently lost Garry Shandling. But this episode shows what he could do with the writing style of Larry David and the show's deadpan yet fourth wall breaking comedy was a match made in heaven and in this case, it shows. The episode is about Garry's Ex-Girlfriend coming back into town and Garry still having feelings for her and as was a part of the show's fourth wall breaking he'd always let the audience on the series be on the gags and jokes without the "If You have to explain the Joke" trope.  An awesome episode of a great series written by a comedic genius and you've got a classic of epic proportions.

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 3


3) Saturday Night Live!


TLOTA(Voiceover): Believe it or not as a sign of Good Will from one network to another after "Fridays" bit the bullet, The then showrunner of "Saturday Night Live" invited the cast and writers to work on SNL, that was kind of nice of the showrunner I guess. Well out of all of the cast and writers only two accepted the offer one of them being Larry David and although he did work on the show his only written sketch got the last slot on one episode. Enraged he quit but the next day returned to work the next day as if nothing happened. Though he did appear throughout his season as a writer performance wise as a heckler at Michael McKean and in the only season finale he both wrote and appeared in. But recently Larry returned this time to portray Bernie Sanders who is currently as of this post Still in the hunt for the Democratic Party Presidency Candidature, even hosting an episode in which Bernie Sanders appeared as a cameo. And as of this moment, whenever I hear Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail, THIS is what I hear. (Cut to James in his Office's kitchen washing the dishes as Bernie Sanders does a campaign speech)

TLOTA: GUYS?!

Paulo Fonseca (Audio only): Yeah?

TLOTA: Are you watching a Larry David Bernie Sanders sketch from SNL?

Rebecca Yaun (Audio only): No, it's really Bernie Sanders.

TLOTA: Oh! (Cut to clips of SNL as Larry David portrays Bernie Sanders as James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Yeah it is that Damned impressive. SNL may have missed the mark in giving him a break in the beginning of his career but now with this, SNL is glad to have Larry as Bernie and so am I!

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): Number 2


2) Seinfeld

TLOTA (Voiceover): Just... Just Seinfeld. Larry David's comedic writing and timing combined with Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia-Louis Dreyfuss & Michael Richards take on the world that brought this series to prominence and made it one of the best sitcoms of the 1990's though the finale did piss people off, it doesn't detract from what the series was when it was under Larry David's tenure and it surprises me how it holds up! I still hear people making references to this day! That is just how great and iconic this series

(“Frolic” by Luciano Michelini plays as an image of Larry David with his usual put-upon look on his face is shown as James does a voiceover the clip associated with the number on the countdown)

TLOTA (Voiceover): And the Number one...

(Cut to James physically)

TLOTA: Oh we all know what's Number one it's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"!

(Cut to clips of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as  "Frolic" by Luciano Michelini plays in the background and James does a voiceover)

TLOTA (Voiceover): And for good reason, it takes a fictional look at  Larry David and how he thinks the world views him. Therein lies the storytelling engine. It's Larry David as himself having to go through things that turn normal people into Mailmen with a lifetime membership to the NRA and how he deals with it and how the mundane is the most hilarious. Even when the real life of Larry David cross sections with the fictional it seems to be hilarious. Especially when it came to the end of both the real and fictional marriage of Larry David and while the final episode (Thus Far) shows how much Larry and the people can take and even after that people still want another season. (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA: WHY?! I think this is a case where letting sleeping dogs lie is a good thing! How much more can one guy take before he goes cuckoo for cocoa puffs! What else can Larry David do to his fictional self before he decides to flat out become a murderous psychopath. Larry put Larry through the Wringer. (Cut to Renee outside of James' door)

Renee Miller: Did you just say the N-Word? (Cut to James)

TLOTA: For the love of Peat Moss, not again. I SAID WRINGER! WRINGER! NOT THE N-WORD! (Cut to the outside of James' Door where General Anesthetic & Malcolm joins Renee)

General & Malcolm (In unison): Did you say "The N-Word" (Cut to James physically)


TLOTA: Ugh here I go again, I'm James Faraci The Last Of The Americans and that's my opinion! RENEE! GENERAL! MALCOLM! (James walks away as the first eight seconds of "Frolic" by Luciano Michelini plays before cutting to black!)