The character of George Costanza was based off of co-creator Larry David. David often refers to Costanza as his “alter-ego,” basing events that had occurred in his life and writing them into George’s storyline.
As of 1999, David created the television series on HBO entitled Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the series, David plays a fictionalized version of himself, lacking sensitivity and social awareness. As David’s character goes through daily life, he finds himself in situations in which he is badgered, bullied, and downright hated. Due to its play on awkward social situations, Curb Your Enthusiasm has been highly compared to Seinfeld.
In Curb Your Enthusiasm, as David goes on with his daily life and failing at social acceptance, the comparison between George and Larry is fairly indisputable. The largest comparison made with the two shows is the baldness that both Larry and George feel victimized by. Both characters use their baldness as the reason for discrimination from others.
Seinfeld, “The Visa” (4.15)
George Costanza: “Would it kill you not to be so funny all the time? That’s all I’m askin’. This woman thinks I’m very funny and now you’re gonna be funny, so what am I gonna be? I’m gonna be a short bald guy with glasses who suddenly doesn’t seem so funny.”
Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The N Word” (6.8)
Larry David: Yeah, [the waitress] is nice to people with hair… bald people get discrimnated constantly.
Thus, the connection between a real person, such as Larry David, to an inspired character, such as George Costanza, allows the audience to connect and empathize. With this other-level understanding, shows such as Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm allow a spectator to watch what one would like to do in a situation versus how they would truly act in the moment. This creates a new level on hilarity due to its realness without being real.