Larry David has been a stand-up comedian, a store clerk, a limousine driver, and a television repairman, but he is more famously know for his screenwriting and acting. He wrote both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Well-known Seinfeld character, George Costanza, was based on Larry David. Larry David, of course, plays Larry David in his television series Curb Your Enthusiasm. So, which of these are the "real" Larry David? (Do we even care?)
In her essay, "Imitation meets Simulation: Seinfeld's Geroge Costanza as The 'Original' Larry David," Naomi L. Fosher says, "The similitude and relation of both shows' characters and their proclaimed proximity to the real problematizes the existence of a real as real." She suggests that the real cannot be determined because of the number of copies, and at the same time she suggests that the real is always already a simulation. If the real is a simulation, then we must question, 'what is real?'
Fosher quotes Barry Brumett in saying, "Simulation is an experience in which the copy is just as good as reality..." So then, it doesn't really matter what is real, does it? And yet we place such a value on "originality." Brumett continues, "... [reality is] even preferable because it is reproducible and thus repeatable." He suggests that simulation transcends reality, that simulation is reality then.
"While David is technically the real George Costanza, it is George's position as a copy of David that works to make David a simulation and George the original or real," says Fosher. In other words, the copy preceded the original and thus making the copy the original. This is further complicated by the introduction of Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm. If Larry David is a simulation, that would make the character Larry David a simulation of a simulation. In the show, Larry David is supposedly playing himself, but Fosher says, "David originally was just gong to play himself, but in doing so he ended up becoming a part of himself on screen." So, unlike Truman and The Truman Show, David Larry's Curb Your Enthusiasm is only televised for an hour out of the day meaning that only a part of David can be seen in that period of time; whereas Truman is televised twenty-four hours a day. The audience can only see parts of Larry David, but can see all of Truman.
So, in a search for a piece of the real, I'm still not sure what is real. In fact, I am questioning if there is a "real." If we are all always already a simulation, it makes it difficult to pinpoint.