Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Hero

Series 8 - Episode 6 The Hero



It struck me long ago that much of Larry and Jeff’s appeal is down to them being like a modern-day Laurel and Hardy — best mates/prize chumps pootling around LA’s palm-lined avenues, incurring the wrath of a vituperative wife (Susie). But it takes guest star Ricky Gervais to point this out to their faces, albeit in an up-market New York diner.

Yes, the action at last moves to Manhattan in an unmissable episode that sees the two obnoxious titans of semi-improvised comedy squaring up to each other. Gervais (appearing in a deathly Broadway play) cuts through Larry David’s blather, fleeces him of $500 and manages to trump him at every turn — until a satisfying, final turnaround on the Subway.

And look out for another Brit, Ruthie Henshall, the butter-wouldn’t-melt musical theatre star, who silences Larry with a tirade of Anglo-Saxon abuse. Sublime.


Larry is hailed as a hero after accidentally defusing a tense situation on a flight to New York by tripping over his shoelaces. Upon arriving in the city, Jeff asks him to help sign Ricky Gervais for his agency - but his plan to charm the comedian ends in disaster. Guest starring Ruthie Henshall, Samantha Mathis and Chris Parnell.

Cast & Crew

Himself Larry David
Jeff Greene Jeff Garlin
Susie Greene Susie Essman
Himself Ricky Gervais
Donna Samantha Mathis
Hank Chris Parnell
Ally Ruthie Henshall
Waiter Dan Bakkedahl
Stewardess Brittany Buckner
Drunk passenger Michael Mulheren
Mugger Otto Sanchez
Director Alec Berg
Writer Larry David
Writer Alec Berg
Writer David Mandel
Writer Jeff Schaffer
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