February 29, 2024

Which episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have the best Richard Lewis scenes?

I watched Season 5, Episode 10 last night — the one where Richard needs Larry's kidney but won't let Larry use his golf club.

I see here, at Consequence, that I can watch 5 great scenes with Richard Lewis, including this ("Congratulations on the intercourse"):

But I'd like a list of whole episodes with a strong Richard Lewis presence.

17 comments:

J2 said...

When Sheryl sees Larry's shrink at the beach in a high rise bathing suit and both Larry and Richard have to quit his practice on the same day.

When they have a brawl at the jewelry store vestibule when they both want to buy the same bracelet.

When they decorate the blind piano players' apartment.

rhhardin said...

I take it it's not scripted.

Howard said...

It's scripted but the dialogue is improvised.

ronetc said...

From Powerline blog, complete hour and a half of Richard Lewis scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2eXVkEFg7o

Yancey Ward said...

What strikes me is how 24 years of time isn't kind to people in their early 50s- which both David and Lewis were in that scene. You usually don't get to see it so starkly that way- one video to the next (yesterday's to today's)- most people experience that decay as a continuum and the memory hazes it all over to a comforting degree. I am going to be 58 in July, and I am already 5 years older than Lewis and David were in that episode. I am not sure I want to be 76 years old, ever.

Joe Smith said...

I've watched all of the 'Curbs' once I stole my son's HBOMax.

Pretty light stuff but entertaining.

Larry David writes very formulaic scripts. There's always a 'thing' (doesn't matter what it is) and that thing becomes a problem. The problem is then resolved (or not) by bringing that thing back into the last scene.

It is amusing but hardly ever laugh out loud funny.

JFKJr's wife, who plays David's wife on the show, has the perfect look for the character but is not in the same league as the other actors when it comes to improv. It's as if she wrote her lines earlier and is determined to say them even if the conversation shifts.

Lewis was great. He seems like he was the same in real life as what we saw on screen. He makes Eeyore seem like an optimist.

The best character is Bob Einstein (Super Dave Osborne) who plays Funkhouser. He steals every scene he's in.

And I realized that David could have used anyone to play the Seinfeld character. The writing and the tone of Seinfeld and Curb is the same. It's all Larry David. Jerry was really lucky to have been at the right place at the right time...

Tina Trent said...

The one where Larry notices a mole while staring at Richard's "endowed" girlfriend and she ends up getting a breast reduction, breaking Richard's heart. Is it called "What's half of a DD"?

Lilly, a dog said...

Season 8, Episode 2, "The Safe House" is a great one, when Lewis is dating a burlesque dancer.

Tina Trent said...

That's it, I think. Good dog, Lilly. No offense -- actually highest compliment.

Temujin said...

So glad to see so many people (around the net) praising Richard Lewis's work.
I'm still a bigger fan of his earlier stand up work, and never really spent more time than a trial run here or there with 'Curb'. But I did go through some of the video ronetc linked to at 11:27 and heard one of the best lines ever. In an argument over affirmative action: "I see it in the historical sense, but not in a nice day sense." You gotta watch the video. Hilarious line.

Quaestor said...

Git outta town by sundown. Was that line ever said in even the cheapest grade-Z western? Maybe. It would have been significant in Bille the Kid Versus Dracula, the magnum opus of William "One Shot" Beaudine.

Jupiter said...

WTF was that? "She speaks seven languages"?

How would you know?

ronetc said...

Hey Yancy at 11:32: "I am not sure I want to be 76 years old, ever." I am 77, and it is swell. I eat and drink whatever I want whenever, don't worry about exercise, just do anything I feel like. Of course, I do not feel like working very hard for very long. I am very fortunate, mostly genetics. May it be so for you as well.

Joe Biden, America's Putin said...

that was just 2 guys yelling at each other.... insider baseball stuff with an LA flavor.
Not great.

Mutaman said...

Quaestor said...

"Git outta town by sundown."

What they used to say to Black people in towns all over Wisconsin. Sundown towns.

gspencer said...

The retarded Larry David scene,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXRlHEoeNYw&t=43s

M Brown said...

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/AnimaniacsEpisode33

Animaniacs had an episode revolving around the trials of Noah, and Noah is clearly a caricature of R Lewis.