Posts tagged as seinfeld

Jeff Schaffer, Writer for 'Seinfeld', 'Curb', and More Explains How He Writes Comedy

"I learned how to write comedy from Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld and it was all about structure. Structure, structure, structure. A Seinfeld episode and a Curb episode and a League episode are all written the exact same way."

The League co-creator Jeff Schaffer, who's previously written for Seinfeld, Curb, and Sacha Baron Cohen's movies, in a detailed interview with Fast Company about his writing process.

Watch Jerry Seinfeld Take Questions from Jimmy Fallon's Audience

Jerry Seinfeld appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to do standup and be interviewed last month, and this week, the show released this web exclusive video of Seinfeld taking questions from Fallon's studio audience. It's just fun to listen to him retell the plots of old Seinfeld episodes.

'Seinfeld,' 'All in the Family' Top the WGA's List of the '101 Best Written TV Series of All Time'

The Writers Guild of America this weekend released a list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time," and several comedies ranked high on the list, which was determined by online voting by WGA members. While The Sopranos took the top spot, the list also included comedies like Seinfeld (#2), All in the Family (#4), M*A*S*H (#5), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (#6), Cheers (#8), and The Simpsons (#11).

Check out the full list, which also included Freaks and Geeks, Larry Sanders, and Louie, below:

'Vanity Fair' Releases Its First Comedy Issue and a Poll that Says 'Seinfeld' Is the Best Sitcom

Vanity Fair's January 2013 installment will be the magazine's first-ever comedy issue, and three different star-studded covers as well as the table of contents for the issue just dropped today. Judd Apatow guest-edited the issue. He's only the third guest editor Vanity Fair has had in the past 20 years, so it's quite an accomplishment on his part. The issue's comedy portfolio features Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox, Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Conan O’Brien, Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner, while Louis C.K. fills out The Proust [...]

Can You Best Elaine Benes in 'New Yorker' Captioning?

This cartoon was used in "The Cartoon" episode of Seinfeld. You know the one where Elaine accidentally steals a Ziggy. Well, now the New Yorker is actually planning on running it but it needs a caption first. You can submit your best quip here until July 23rd. I hope the New Yorker intern who has to read the first run of submissions likes Seinfeld quotes: "I have a complaint. These pretzels are making me thirsty." Haha, got you, intern who probably has an MFA from Iowa. Watch the perfect Seinfeld scene below in which Elaine first shows Jerry and Kramer her cartoon because it is so, so perfect. [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Talks About What the 'Seinfeld' Gang Is Up to Now

The Hollywood Reporter just put out their Emmys portfolio featuring interviews with a bunch of people like Tina Fey, Mitch Hurwitz, and Hank Azaria. Here's one with Jerry Seinfeld, who's nominated for his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he talks (at the end) about what the Seinfeld characters would be up to now. "It's never going to happen," he says about a reunion special (although the gang did a faux-Seinfeld reunion as a Curb Your Enthusiasm story arc in 2009). On the characters' lives in 2013, Seinfeld says, "They're gonna be somewhat dysfunctional, as we remember them. I imagine there'll be some kids, some [...]

'The Michael Richards Show': We Can Cross "What If Kramer Was a Detective?" Off the Wacky Scenario List

"But I could have played Kramer for the rest of my life. That character would fit into every situation. There was a great universality to the soul of that character." — Michael Richards

"Nothing harmonized by a musical bond can be transmuted from its own speech without losing all its sweetness and harmony." — Dante

To mock former NBC CEO Jeff Zucker for trying to squeeze more money out of Seinfeld after the show went off the air because Jerry Seinfeld decided it was time would be ignoring the entire point of capitalism. To mock Jeff Zucker, and the four men credited as the creators of The Michael [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Will Be on Wale's Next Rap Album

Rapper Wale released The Mixtape About Nothing in 2008, a hip-hop album that heavily sampled and referenced Seinfeld and even featured an appearance from Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Now, for his follow-up, Album About Nothing, he's got Jerry Seinfeld himself on board to make an appearance. Seinfeld explains in the below video, "Wale wanted me to do something with him and I didn't understand it, but he did, and I kinda liked the guy, I dug the guy, I liked his music, so I said 'Alright, I'll do it,' even though I didn't know what I was gonna do." No word yet on when the mixtape will be released, but, [...]

Whatever Works: Why Larry David Is Not The New Woody Allen

As two neurotic, kvetchy comedy legends with strong ties to absurdism, Larry David and Woody Allen have a lot in common to the untrained eye. But you don’t really believe that do you? You do? Then come closer, friend. Come enter my apartment and see the truth. Look over the space, covered with newspaper clippings, empty ding-dong wrappers, and obsessively scrawled doodles of Larry David’s face. Sit for a moment and let me field-strip a revolver while I tell you just how wrong you truly are.

“We both have some disdain for the human race” — Larry David on comparisons between himself and Woody Allen

The novice looking for [...]

Who's on First? Jerry Seinfeld?

Jerry Seinfeld loves baseball and comedy and baseball comedy, which is why this Thursday he'll be appearing in Costas & Seinfeld: Who's on First? on the MLB network (the home of classic comedy). He told the New York Times that Abbott & Costello was a big influence on Seinfeld. Seinfeld points to Jerry and Kramer's "write off" conversation as maybe the closest they got to "Who's on First?" (Both are below, what do you think?) They even gave George the middle name Louis in honor of Costello. Ok, ok, that sounds good and all but seriously who is on first?

'The Onion' Has a Great Piece Mocking Billboards for 'Seinfeld' Reruns

It's strange that there are so many billboards for Seinfeld syndicated airings in big cities in 2013, and The Onion has a great article about the phenomenon today called "Billboard Alerts Drivers To Existence Of Situational Comedy Starring Stand-Up Comedian Jerry Seinfeld." Here's the best part:

"[The ad] reportedly features Seinfeld pictured with a bespectacled, balding man, a dark-haired woman, and a second taller and more frazzled-looking man, all of whom are hugging one another, leading many to conclude that these individuals are also characters in the show and may be part of Jerry Seinfeld’s fictional family, the Seinfelds."

Beating Prejudice To The Punch

Welcome to the latest installment of Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ – sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair – and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.

One of my biggest failings as the class clown growing up was never having a really good response to being made fun of. I wasn’t really the kind of kid who made fun of others, I was much more of a self-deprecating type. Much to my chagrin, this didn’t stop others from jumping on board. And whenever someone made fun of my height, my [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Is Making More 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Jerry Seinfeld's new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he drives around in cars with comedians and gets coffee, was just renewed for a second season – or whatever the web series equivalent of being renewed for a second season is. Produced by Seinfeld and Sony Pictures Television and released via Sony's video site Crackle, the show ran for 10 episodes last year and saw Seinfeld welcoming guests like Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Colin Quinn, Alec Baldwin, Brian Regan, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Michaels Richards. The NY Times reports that the new season will consist of 24 episodes, and Seinfeld is hoping to gain [...]

The Biggest Liars, Braggarts, and Braggadocios in Sitcom History

This #NoBollocks content was produced in partnership with Newcastle Brown Ale. If you enjoy this article, won't you be a doll and watch a TV commercial on the Internet? Go on, it's right there on the right.

The lying schemer and the arrogant braggart are two tried-and-true sitcom archetypes that have been around since the early days of TV. Watching someone bury themselves in a string of fabrications or demonstrate their own pomposity is always good for a laugh. Here are 10 of the biggest braggarts and liars in sitcom history, including a certain guy who lied about being marine biologist to impress a date and the biggest [...]