Ricky Gervais vs. Larry David on 'Curb'
August 15th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Ricky Gervais vs. Larry David on 'Curb'

It was a battle royale between two comedy giants on Sunday night’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Larry David started his extended trip to New York (really, just an excuse to avoid showing up to a charity event), but the change of locale took a back seat to the main event.

When Jeff mentioned that he had been dying to represent Ricky Gervais, you just knew that Larry and Ricky would meet up before long.

Things got off on the wrong foot when Larry was forced by a waiter into buying a $300 bottle of wine for Ricky at a restaurant.

Then things went really downhill when Larry found the fact that Ricky brought a signed DVD of “Extras” as a gift to a party, and he referred to “Seinfeld” as “broad comedy.”

Speaking of “Seinfeld,” I have to admit that the fact that Ricky was thrown off by an interruption in the audience during his Broadway play (which unbeknownst to him, turned out to be Larry and Susie), was a bit reminiscent of “The Pez Dispenser” episode.

The arguments between Larry and Ricky continued once Larry had to pay $200 for theater seats that he thought were a gift.

Watching these two facing off throughout the episode was a treat, to the point where the other plotlines (including Larry’s “Sully”-esque heroism on a plane turning out to be a fraud) weren’t nearly as interesting.

It was also nice to see Larry emerge victorious by using a baguette to fight off a man on the subway who was mugging Larry’s ex and Ricky – but this being “Curb,” Larry’s shoelaces ended up getting caught in the train doors in the last few seconds of the episode.

I look forward to the rest of the season (including the finale with Michael J. Fox), but it will be hard to measure up to seeing Larry and Ricky go at it.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Ricky Gervais

    The only thing I didn't like about this episode is that none of my gay lovers appear.

    October 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gbv

    I liked it when Gervais said the laugh track always reminds him when to laugh lol.
    And the things Larry David, the character, says and does in Curb, is exactly what most of us all wants do, but we just don't do it because it wouldn't be 'socially acceptable.'

    August 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Beezman

    Is this the only episode of Curb that Gervais will appear in?

    August 20, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. david

    Brilliant best clip ever. Ricky defending bringing the dvd 2 the house. Replayed it many times

    August 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justin Easthall

    Best Episode of the series so far.

    August 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    That was the first episode this season that had me laughing out loud. Ricky did a good job playing the snooty Brit. I really enjoyed this one

    August 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nessa

    Loved the show last night! I hope to see more banter between Larry and Ricky. It would be funny if Donna calls Larry now, since he saved her from a mugging.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Can'tstandya

    I honestly can't believe anybody can stand watching Larry David for more than 10 seconds without developing the urge to reach through the TV and choke him to death with his own shoelaces. He has to have the most irritating personality of anybody else on this planet. Anybody who acts like Larry David in real life should get their face punched in every time they open their whiny mouth.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • xjdavid

      Actually, you sound much less likeable than Larry David.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Can'tstandya

      Well that's meaningless coming from an obvious fan.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • xjdavid

      Not a fan, really. Never even seen "Seinfield." Larry David gripes about things that the rest us often think; it's the premise of the show. He's not a very likeable person, true, but I've never heard him say that anyone should get punched in the face every time they open their mouth.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Can'tstandya

      Oh I get it, so you've never heard of sarcasm.

      August 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. xjdavid

    Great episode. The best thing about "Curb" is that even though Larry's a grouch, usually he's right. I too would have been angry if I bought a bottle of wine for someone and they chose the most expensive bottle on the menu, then charged me $200 for what I thought was a gift.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. portalpunk

    Monday Monday, everyone loves Monday FIRSTY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |

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