Times are dark right now and The Ringer’s deep dive profile of comedian JB Smoove is a bright spot. Impeccable writing by Jeff Weiss, great story of Smoove’s Hollywood long game, and priceless JB Smoove quotes.
Here’s the full version of the JB Smoove quote shown in image above:
“No matter what happens, you have to find some way to erase your failures,” Smoove says. “I had a bad memory for losses because I know that life is short. We haven’t got a lot of time to achieve things, and if you sit there and dwell on some shit that ain’t gonna matter in a month or two, it’ll fuck your shit up.”
And here’s a JB Smoove quote on his Curb Your Enthusiasm character Leon, who’s become a critical character on the show:
Leon’s the guy who gives you good bad advice, which is always good because there is fucked-up shit out there and you need a way to get out of that bullshit. He knows how to move. Leon is the condom in your wallet and you never fucking know when you’re gonna need it.
And here’s Weiss on Curb’s Leon character and how it became so key to the show:
Leon’s function on Curb extends much deeper than crack-up one-liners and the inherent comedy that comes from Odd Couple pairings between Larry and anyone vaguely hip-hop (see also: Killa, Krazee-Eyez).
Leon opens Larry up to a world that he didn’t know existed and would never encounter amid his wealthy white Brentwood bubble. The axiomatic need to “get in that ass” would never have occurred to either the actual or fictionalized Larry.
Leon is a study of contrasts: both constantly scheming and always chilling (in a “Lampin” gold necklace).
He’s the wild card, guaranteed to juice up any staid premise. He is the Kramer of Curb, albeit crossed with the Bobby Digital–era RZA (and maybe a splash of ODB).
Lanky eccentrics with no clear origin and no source of income, proverbial house guests that never leave, who usher the protagonists into scenarios they would never otherwise entertain.
Full article below. Enjoy and stay safe out there.