Larry David Doesn’t Know Why He Hasn’t Been Cancelled Either

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Larry David is as surprised as you are that he hasn’t been cancelled yet. The stalwart comedian fielded some tough questions about his uncanny ability to avoid cancellation during his show at the “2022 Netflix Is A Joke: Festival” in Los Angeles, California, last night: “I don’t know why. I don’t like to think about it too much.”

The conversation concerned Curb Your Enthusiasm, David’s semi-autobiographical HBO comedy, in which he stars as a fictional version of himself with no-social awareness or political correctness. David’s fellow Curb alum Robert B. Weide asked David how Curb Your Enthusiasm—which first aired 20 years ago and was recently renewed for a 12th season—was able to continue to exist in today’s intense political environment. Some topics joked about in the series’ most recent season include incest, battered women, mental illness, the Holocaust, and 9/11.

“How do you get away with this?” asked Weide.

“I don’t know. It’s a very good question,” said David. “I don’t know why. I don’t like to think about it too much.”

David continued, offering a more detailed explanation of why he feels he’s been able to avoid the negative swell of attention that seems to befall many of his peers. “Well, here’s the thing. There were fans of the show, they liked the show. And they have a good sense of humor. The fans of the show don’t care about political correctness,” said David.

Weide pointed out that David often benefitted from his Curb character being the butt of the joke: “You’re just the idiot who didn’t get the memo, and I think that buys you a lot. David agreed with that assessment, saying, “Yeah, I think idiots can get away with a little bit more than the more intelligent brethren.” 

Despite his continued success at creating boundary-pushing comedy, David claimed that his early days on the stand-up circuit were so rough that he’d sometimes get pointers on his material from other comedians, like his future collaborator Jerry Seinfeld. “I wasn’t really a very good comedian,” he said. “Jerry Seinfeld would come up to me. ‘Why do you keep doing that bit? They don’t like it. They’re not laughing,’” he recalled. “But it’s funny. So that was the problem.”

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