24 Hours in LA: JB Smoove's Incredible Story of Landing Curb Your Enthusiasm

That Moment with Daymond John JB Smoove

The hysterical JB Smoove joined That Moment with Daymond John to share the incredible story of how a combination of non-stop hustle and the loss of a friend resulted in him landing the iconic role of Leon Black in HBO’s
Curb Your Enthusiasm. To put that moment in perspective, he also dove into the journey of becoming a comedian and how he made the decision to take the plunge and go all in.

Key Takeaways:

Mixed in with anecdotes about his experiences performing at different venues and how he treats each show as a learning opportunity, he also got into his short-lived Saturday Night Live writer career that landed him new opportunities and what it was actually like auditioning for Curb with legendary Larry David (who he met for the first time when he walked into the audition room). 

In typical JB form, he had me cracking up even while giving some of the most insightful comments and strategies that I’ve ever heard, from his methods for overcoming failure to his commitment to remaining authentic to the importance of wanting everybody - not just you - to win. 

This episode of That Moment with Daymond John is such a fun discussion with note-taking-worthy lessons and takeaways for any listener. As JB explains (and you’ll have to tune in to hear how you can actually do this), you have to be the one driving your car and controlling how other people respect you, and I’m grateful he took the time to share his powerful journey with myself and all of the listeners.

Who is JB Smoove?

The latest guest on That Moment with Daymond John was the legendary and Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and writer JB Smoove! 

His career started in 1999 when he moved to Los Angeles and landed a recurring role on MTV’s The Lyricist Lounge Show along with featured guest spots on The Chris Rock Show and Premium Blend. He gained widespread fame for his breakout role in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm as Leon Black, which he took on in the show’s sixth season and has built into an integral character in the show as part of a comedic duo with Larry David. The show is now filming its 12th season, and in the span of his role so far JB has received numerous nominations, including a SAG nomination as part of the series ensemble cast in 2018 and an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2012. 

Other television successes for JB include his starring roles in The Last OG, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and Mapleworth Murders, which earned him an Emmy. He’s also lent his voice to several animated projects and has multiple comedic specials that he’s both hosted and guest starred in, as well as his own show Four Courses with JB Smoove. JB even starred alongside Tom Holland in the blockbuster Spiderman: Far from Home and Spider Man: No Way Home, and recently wrapped his latest comedy tour.  

This man is so funny and talented and I can’t wait for you guys to hear firsthand about the moments that changed his life.


Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

🎧 Catch the full episode on Apple Podcasts here: https://dj.daymondjohn.com/jb

🎧 Catch the full episode on Spotify here: https://dj.daymondjohn.com/smoove

🎧 Cath the fill episode on iHeart Radio here: https://dj.daymondjohn.com/jbsmoove

 Daymond John
Producers: Beau Dozier & Shanelle Collins; Ted Kingsbery, Chauncey Bell, & Taryn Loftus

For more info on how to transform your life and business to the next level, check out DaymondJohn.com and @thesharkdaymond on all platforms!

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