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How to make a ... Larry David

Larry David

Larry David Photo Credit: Handout

It's quite an achievement for an actor to play a major role in two great television series, or for a writer to write for two different shows that stand the test of time.

To create two different award-winning, much beloved shows, though, while writing more than 60 episodes of one and starring in and outlining every episode of the other? When human beings leave TV behind for quick bursts of online entertainment or something similar, Larry David's face will go on the medium's Mount Rushmore.

Before we see where he goes next, with the new season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" premiering Sunday night, let's see how we got here. How exactly does one make a Larry David?

2 shots of Woody Allen
It's hard to imagine the Larry David of "Curb" existing - or having as much cultural cachet - without Alvy Singer in "Annie Hall."

1 shot of Lucille Ball
Before there was "Seinfeld," there was "I Love Lucy," one of the first shows to be named after the central actor.

A rinse of Alan King
The Borscht Belt comic was the go-to host of the Friars Club roasts, back when the insults were more cutting and less cookie-cutter. Larry David could host one using just the discarded insults from episodes of "Curb."

A dash of Narcissus
The Greek youth fell in love with his reflection in a pool. David is best known for characters in love with their own minds.

A splash of Andres Serrano
The photographer is best known for "Piss Christ," an image of a crucifix submerged in his own urine. "Larry, you sprayed on Jesus?"


On TV: The new season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" debuts Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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