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Do you respect wood?

So the big Seinfeld reunion episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm has come and gone, and it seems like most online reviews have been tepid at best. I, for one, enjoyed the episode thoroughly- even Larry David in his George Castanza sweater vest. Frankly, I think LD (pardon my Loretta) would be annoyed if his reunion stunt pleased everyone; that certainly doesn’t (ever) seem to be his goal. Rather, I think the notion was, “Hey- this could be fun”. And it was indeed obvious to us enviable viewers that the old Seinfeld gang was having a helluva time filming their fake reunion.

There were uneven moments (the whole Mocha Joe arc, for one) but really, this post isn’t about the finale at all. I want to spend a moment celebrating last week’s stellar episode, and J.B. Smoove’s Leon stealing the show by going all Danny Duberstein. His recitation of the symptoms of Groat’s disease (“Everything I ate tasted like peaches!”) was one of my favorite scenes of the season, and was brilliantly capped off by the “oh-no-they-didn’t” recreation of Michael Richards screaming at some Black people. Check out this recent NYT article for some insight from Smoove on working with Richards in light of their, ahem, differences.

And meanwhile, if anyone doubts whether Curb should come back for another season, you’re mistaken. Put aside thoughts of repetitive debates about tipping and how tired we all are of that creepy Skeletor Ted Danson, and watch last week’s episode again- albeit in increasingly short seasons, this series has more to give.

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This should be pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good!

seinfeld-reunion-curbOne of the funniest shows on television, Curb Your Enthusiasm, kicks off a plot arc tomorrow night that could possibly be the holy grail of comedy for our generation: a Seinfeld reunion. Larry David, in real life, created Seinfeld, and many of its off-the-wall plots and characters originated as actual events and people in David’s life. Now, David stars in Curb Your Enthusiasm as a version of himself, and this season (supposedly) finds him orchestrating a Seinfeld reunion as a part of an effort to win back his estranged wife Cheryl.

Entertainment Weekly ran an article a few weeks ago previewing this whole shebang, including some more serious notes on the participation of Michael Richards. For those who don’t keep scrapbooks of celebrity meltdowns, Richards basically went bat-shit crazy during a standup act a couple years ago and shouted a lot of racial slurs. He said some terrible things, and alienated a lot of people, but still – it’s Kramer. Schadenfreude aside, nobody wants to see Cosmo Kramer in that light or those circumstances. From the perspective of a fan, the following quote from Richards on the experience of being back in Seinfeld-world is just plain touching: ”It’s like, Larry and Jerry are in the front seat, and Julia and Jason are in the backseat, and I’m back there in the corner and I’m like a big dog. The window’s open, and my head’s hanging out the window and I’m feeling all that good air on my face. And I’m just so happy that we’re all together, going someplace.”

Awww. I’m happy, too.

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