Hi, I’m Jerry Seinfeld, I’m very excited to be here to answer your questions.

I am a comedian, and have been for about 40 years, but I also created the show SEINFELD with my friend Larry David, and now I have a web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/).

Last week was the start of CCC’s third season, and my guest was Louis CK (who has told me great things about reddit). I'm at the reddit office with Victoria for this AMA having some coffee.

Ok, I’m ready. Go ahead. Ask me anything.


This has been so much fun to meet so many reddits. But now that I did it, I gotta quit it. By the way, here's a preview of next week's episode of CCC, you guys are the first to hear it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=489893417788675&set=vb.222669577844395&type=2&theater

Thanks a lot guys!

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_Seinfeld4061 karma

I just saw what is #1 on reddit and this is almost as fake as the Amazon Drone delivery system. But WOW if it was real! http://i.imgur.com/QGPoPIq.jpg

There's no way it would say Amazon just once on that box.

prometheuspk2015 karma

This would be just great. We could have you around on reddit making sarcastic comments about posts while Snoop Dogg could just call everyone neffew.

_Seinfeld2067 karma

Ok, I would love to! But I do forget about things, like my twitter.

BAXterBEDford3967 karma

Where did the idea of, in Seinfeld, your character being a comedian for a profession, but be the straight man for your friends, come from? I always thought that juxtapositioning for the show was genius.

EDIT: Thank you, whoever you are, for the reddit gold!

_Seinfeld4089 karma

Very good observation and analysis on your part, Baxter. You are truly exhibiting a good comedic eye. The reason I would play straight was it was funnier for the scene. And very few people have ever remarked on this, because it was a conscious choice of mine, only because I knew it would make the show better, and I didn't care who was funny as long as somebody was funny and that the show was funny. So you have hit upon one of the great secret weapons of the Seinfeld series, was that I had no issue with that.

_Seinfeld3365 karma

someone asked what was my favorite conversation topic on Season 3 of CICGC: I like all of them. Todd Barry and I had a little conversation about what do you think about what happens to all those shirts at Macy's. You walk in there, there are thousands of shirts, where do they go? They don't sell out. You don't walk into Macy's and see thousands of empty hangers, it's just one of those things that nobody talks about. I could talk about anything with another comedian as long as it's dumb. That's the whole idea of the show right there, by the way.

Jay_Riemenschneider3149 karma

Hi Jerry, enormous fan. Seinfeld is my favorite show of all time, and I have a question about it.

In some scenes, it's apparent that you're ready to crack up, and of course there are the famous outtakes like Kramer's "look away, I'm hideous" scene in which you completely lose it. Is there a scene in particular you remember as being funniest to you in the moment as you were acting it out?

_Seinfeld3843 karma

That's an excellent choice, the one that you mentioned, because I can still remember how brutally funny that was to me. The thing about the show is that you have to realize that I had to look into the faces of those people, six inches away, so if you think Kramer is funny on TV, imagine his real face six inches from your nose, how funny that is. You can't imagine. It's impossible not to laugh. So I would.

slaphapii1887 karma

Great to hear that, because sometimes it's the opposite: things are funny on screen or stage but just uncomfortable up close. I guess the fact that you guys found each other genuinely funny was part of what made the funny contagious for viewers.

_Seinfeld2666 karma

You're absolutely 1000% right. In fact I would go so far as to say that was the key to the entire show, was that we really felt like together we were funny, and then the audience felt it, and that's how you can somehow catch lightning in a bottle.

_Seinfeld3017 karma

Have you ever seen that grilled cheese truck around here? That food picture is great.

vousaimezmike2738 karma

How do you feel about laugh tracks on sitcoms?

_Seinfeld3377 karma

This was something we struggled with quite often on Seinfeld. Because we had real laughs on the scenes that were shot in front of an audience, but then we would shoot other scenes that were not in front of the audience (which didn't have any laughs) and then it felt like a bit of a mismatch, so we tried to compromise and put in a subtle laugh track. I think that one of the fun things of a sitcom is feeling like you're in an audience even though you're home, watching it by yourself. I have to say I like some sitcoms with them and some without. Depends on the show.

thenewyorkgod2816 karma

My all time favorite is in the puffy shirt episode when you can hear a woman in the audience shriek out "OH MY GOD!"

_Seinfeld2576 karma

That's funny.

trollitc2604 karma

What, above all other things, is the neatest most fascinating and cool thing you get to do on a daily basis?

_Seinfeld4047 karma

WOW. First of all, GREAT question.

That I get to do on a daily basis? Probably walk to work. I think that's about the coolest thing that there is. Or take my bike. If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that's just about the coolest thing that there is. Every morning I listen to the traffic on the radio, and they talk about how they are jammed and I just laugh. I love traffic. I love traffic reports because I'm not in any of them.

thek2kid1371 karma

Where do you 'work??'

_Seinfeld2986 karma

I work down the street from where I live. In New York City. See ya there.

MisterNatural772590 karma

Hi Jerry. My question has to do with one little moment in the Soup Nazi episode. Wayne Knight walks out of the restaurant, looks at his bag and says "ummm...Jambalaya"...and then does this little dance down the sidewalk. It was hilarious. But not because of the line...because of the way he delivered it and what he did physically. So my question is...how did this happen? Did the script just have the line leaving it up to him on what to do with it? was it an ad-lib? Did the script describe the dance? Describe the process of getting this little golden moment on the screen. Thanks.

_Seinfeld3251 karma

Very very well observed, first of all, let me compliment you on that. That moment, which I remember crystal clearly, is the enormous talent of an actor like Wayne Knight. And the script said "Newman looks in the bag, and says Jambalaya" but the delivery and the dance was all his.

MrDNL2410 karma

What do you think of the Twitter accounts which imagine Seinfeld in modern times? Stuff like https://twitter.com/SeinfeldToday and https://twitter.com/Seinfeld2000, I mean.

_Seinfeld2819 karma

Oh this is a very painful subject. As you can probably imagine, over the 9 years of doing the show, Larry David and I sat through hundreds of ideas that people wanted to do on the show. And most of the ideas are not good. Which I saw Larry say the other day on some show, somebody asked him the same question and he said "I know you think it's funny, but it's really hard." The ideas that Larry and I would respond to, I don't even know, they just need to be very unique. It's just a lot harder than it seems to come up with. And particularly for that show, where we tried to do things that were unusual, and you had to go through a lot of ideas to find the ones you like.

whoisleway1151 karma

I for one would love to see Kramer on twitter. His analysis of human behavior is amazing. Remember when he almost guessed George's password just by analyzing his character?!

On that note, the real Jerry twitter is also pretty cool!

_Seinfeld1983 karma

I know I should tweet more, but sometimes I just can't think of a tweet.

murlyy2373 karma

Hi Jerry, big fan. Any stories that you can tell about your most memorable heckle? Or how did you handle your first when doing stand-up?

_Seinfeld3993 karma

Very early on in my career, I hit upon this idea of being the Heckle Therapist. So that when people would say something nasty, I would immediately become very sympathetic to them and try to help them with their problem and try to work out what was upsetting them, and try to be very understanding with their anger. It opened up this whole fun avenue for me as a comedian, and no one had ever seen that before. Some of my comedian friends used to call me - what did they say? - that I would counsel the heckler instead of fighting them. Instead of fighting them, I would say "You seem so upset, and I know that's not what you wanted to have happen tonight. Let's talk about your problem" and the audience would find it funny and it would really discombobulate the heckler too, because I wouldn't go against them, I would take their side.

logicatch2270 karma

Please tell us about the first time you met Larry David and what was your initial impression of him? 

_Seinfeld3219 karma

The first time I met him, that's a long story... I actually was eavesdropping on him talking to another comedian, and I wasn't even in comedy yet. But he was leaning on my car in front of the Improv on 9th Ave and 44th Street, and this would be probably 1975. That was the first time I ever saw him. But we didn't talk. But him and this other comedian were leaning on the fender of my car, and I knew that they were real comedians and I was still just flirting with it. So I don't know if that answers the question.

Then when we finally did talk in the bar Catch a Rising Star on 1st Ave and 78th Street 2 or 3 years after that, we couldn't stop talking. We were both obsessed with the smallest possible issue.

_Seinfeld3313 karma

You know what's funny? He doesn't even know that story.

My car was a 1973 Fiat 128 SL.

Is this my coffee or yours?

ttoastt2157 karma

If you weren't doing comedy, what would you want to do?

_Seinfeld3708 karma


P_ro2017 karma

Hi. I attended a taping of"the parking spot" in '92. We were seated in bleachers at an outdoor set (Kramer hitting the blinds). The session was proceeding slowly, so cast members were able to take time to mingle with the audience. You were the only member that didn't/ couldn't mingle. It was at that point that I realized you are a really busy/serious guy keeping many things aloft in juggling your daily ongoings. From that point on I always wondered, from 0 to 100%, how much of your serious side rules the day?

_Seinfeld3228 karma

WOW. P_ro, you are DEEP. And super-observant. Thank you for understanding that I was busy and not being an a.h. I would say that I am 90% serious in my day. Comedy is no joke.

blade3162002 karma

Hey Jerry, thanks for doing this, love your work. My question: were there ever story ideas that you had to scrap for Seinfeld because you felt they pushed the limits too far?

_Seinfeld2850 karma

Yes. There was one episode where Jerry bought a handgun. And we started making it and stopped in the middle and said "this doesn't work." We did the read-through and then cancelled it. A lot of other stuff happened, but trying to make that funny ended up being no fun.

coolrudski2001 karma

If you could hi-five anybody in the world right now, who would it be and why?

_Seinfeld3550 karma

It would be you. And I would say "That's it!" and that's the end of high-fiving forever.

jlee18111955 karma

I’m a car guy like you, and I was recently at a garage in Houston that had some cars. One of which happened to be a 1967 Porsche 906E, which they said was previously owned by you. If true, what made you give this Porsche the boot from your collection? Here are some pictures I took:



_Seinfeld2851 karma

I did own that car at one time. Isn't it beautiful? I sold it because I had something that was a little similar, a 907, and I don't like to have too much of the same thing.

soulexpectation1871 karma

Who came up with that bass line?

_Seinfeld2495 karma

The composer was Jonathan Wolff, and we were trying to come up with something that would not interfere with the standup portion in the beginning of the show. We didn't know how iconic it was going to be.

twojaguars1784 karma

What's the deal with airline food?

Edit: Holy shit. I typed this on a lark and figured it wouldn't go anywhere. Instead, I actually got an answer, and someone gave me gold!

Really wasn't expecting any of that. Sometimes I love you, reddit. My reaction to all of this.

_Seinfeld1754 karma

The deal with airline food is they, everything is miniaturized, as if we're in Gulliver's Travels. I used to do a bit about the tiny airline world, about how everything is miniaturized, there's always a short delay, a little problem, we're going to be a tiny bit late.

jklap1637 karma

What was your favorite episode of Seinfeld to film?

_Seinfeld2888 karma

Well, I'll give you two. One was the The Rye, because we got to shoot that at Paramount Studios in LA which was the first time that we thought "wow this is almost like a real TV show." We hadn't felt like a real TV show, the early years of the TV show were not successful. We had this idea of a Marble Rye and we had to shoot it in an outdoor set, and this was a very expensive thing to do, it's like a movie place there at Paramount in LA. Their standing set for New York looks exactly like it, and we thought "this is where the ADULT shows are, the REAL shows like Murphy Brown." We felt like we were a weird little orphan show. So that was a big deal for us.

And that was very exciting, we were up all night shooting it on the set of paramount and it was very exciting.

The other one that was really fun was in the episode The Pothole, Newman drives his mailtruck over a sewing machine and his mail truck burst into flames. It was really fun to shoot, and it was fun to set Newman on fire. And he screamed "oh the humanity" like from the Hindenberg disaster. It's one of my favorites.

HomeButton1544 karma

hey jerry -

i just watched the episode of comedians in cars getting coffee with louis ck (which was really, really funny, especially the animation for the boat story). you said that the whole drug side effects was a bad comedy premise. as a guy who wants to do what you do because of you, and just someone interested in stuff, why do you think that’s a bad premise? you never said.

_Seinfeld2524 karma

It's too obviously dumb to make fun of. And it's been made fun of by countless comedians, so that's your first signal of a subject to avoid. If you've seen 8 comedians talk about something, you want to not talk about that, unless you can talk about it in a completely new way.

hawatcha1487 karma

Hey Jerry! HUGE fan and love "Comedians in Cars"!

So my question is, if you could grab a coffee with any comedian no longer with us, who would it be and in what car? Thanks!

_Seinfeld2545 karma

Great, great question. Wow. I probably would have to say Charlie Chaplin in a Duesenberg.

RedditAuthority1835 karma

That's a duzy

_Seinfeld2573 karma

That's where that phrase comes from!

Thinking_is_Free1413 karma

What is the most bizarre/surreal location that you have been to and been recognized?

_Seinfeld3069 karma

One time, a friend of mine and I decided to drive a 1967 VW Bug from Albuquerque to the Hamptons. I bought the car on eBay for $5,000 and flew to Albuquerque and my friend flew from LA, and we decided to do that for something fun to do (this, by the way, is the actual original inspiration for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the year was 2000 and I did this with my friend Barry Marder, who you may know as the author of "Letters From a Nut" by Ted L. Nancy).

ANYWAY, so one time we stopped in this tiny town and somewhere in the Midwest whose name escapes me at the moment, and the town was honestly no more than 2 blocks long, and we are walking on this little sidewalk that they had, and there was a guy there, walking past us, and I was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, and the guy says as we walk by "Hey Jerry" and kept walking.

And that, to this day, so blows my mind that not only was he NOT SURPRISED that i was in this town, population 115, but that I just walked by him, he recognized me and he felt the need to say anything more than "hi." Not "what the hell are you doing here." I'm sure that guy is out there, somewhere. Probably on reddit.

Where'd the name come from? Something like "you seen this? I already read it."

DanielTaylor1396 karma

Dear Jerry, thank you for doing this AMA!

In the TV show Seinfeld, Jerry was about to get a deal with the NBC to start producing a show about "nothing", basically making this a selfreference to the very show the characters where in. I have never stopped wondering what similarities there might be between the creation process of "Seinfeld" and the creation process of "Jerry".

How did Seinfeld come to be? What obstacles did you face when pitching your idea of a show about "nothing"? Who supported you and who didn't?

_Seinfeld2357 karma

The pitch for the show, the real pitch, when Larry and I went to NBC in 1988, was we want to show how a comedian gets his material. The show about nothing was just a joke in an episode many years later, and Larry and I to this day are surprised that it caught on as a way that people describe the show, because to us it's the opposite of that.

maddabattacola2798 karma

Yeah, I'm always annoyed by people who describe Seinfeld as a show about nothing. Even in the later years when you guys strayed from the "how a comedian gets his material" formula, it was still about social faux pas and ridiculous social customs.

_Seinfeld3129 karma

FINALLY I have met someone that understands the show. Thank you for your rare and perceptive analysis.

Al89nut1333 karma

Invite Simon Pegg for a drive.

_Seinfeld1643 karma

I'll get on it right away.

DetroitPistons1251 karma

Do you find yourself often quoting the more popular lines from the show? I use "these pretzels are making me thirsty" as often as I can.

_Seinfeld2181 karma

The only line I quote from the show (and I'll be very impressed if anybody out tehre remembers this line) is "If you're one of us, you'll take a bite."

I find myself saying that to my kids a lot. It's a very obscure line, but George was working at some company where they all had lunch together, and he wasn't trying the apple pie, and the boss finally says "If you're one of us, you'll take a bite." A lot of times kids won't want to try certain foods, and so I'll use that line. Sometimes I'll quote Newman in flames screaming "Oh the humanity."

ToTheBongGuy1223 karma

What is the most mundane thing you and Larry have obsessed over?

_Seinfeld3057 karma

We never obsess over anything that isn't mundane. Most recent was intentional mumbling. We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can't reveal what it is at this time. All I can do is tell you is that it's big, huge, gigantic. Even bigger than that Amazon package.

murlyy1135 karma

Can you tell us how your white sneaker collection first started?

_Seinfeld1861 karma

It started with wanting to be Joe Namath of the 1969 New York jets, who at that time was one of the only football players to wear white shoes. And I wanted to be like him, so I always wore white sneakers. Also, Bill Cosby on I SPY always wore white sneakers. And they were my fashion icons.

Registered_For_Jerry1126 karma

Thanks for doing this Jerry, Seinfeld is my #1 favourite show of all time and I love CICGC as an interviewing model!

***My questions are:

1) -- What is your favourite backstage moment that isn't documented behind the scenes, interviews, etc?

2) -- How did you cope emotionally, socially, etc, after Seinfeld was over?

(P.S. I actually loved Bee Movie and all of its bee-utiful puns!)

Edit: posting from Australia EST where it's 5am!

_Seinfeld1981 karma

1) I do kind of like in the documentary I did in 2002, called Comedian, there's one point where I'm performing at Governor's in Levittown at the absolute height of Seinfeldmania. And the club owner comes in the dressing room and says to me "I need you offstage by 9:15." And I said "what?" And I was performing there to create a new act. It was kind of a big deal that I would come to that small club, and the owner of the club just treated me absolutely the same as everybody else, and I just thought that was so funny. That was one of my favorite moments in that documentary. That's why I wanted to go back into doing standup comedy, because as the star of your own TV show you don't get treated like that but as a standup performer you do get treated like that. It was hilarious, and absurd, but standup is a life of just brutal reality which is the opposite of the life I had been leading in LA and that I missed.

People are eating chinese food here in the reddit office, with chopsticks.

2) That's a good question. It's kind of the same answer. Going back into doing standup was very grounding because there's no faking standup. There's no coddling in standup. There's no preciousness in standup.

Thank you!

lowtuned1093 karma

Just wanted to say seinfeld is one of my favorite shows. Anyways! Georges voicemail song in one of the episodes is my voicemail message and has been for years. My favorite part watching that is when he does that little shrug when it goes "where could i be? believe it or not im not home~" Was him rocking out to that voicemail part of the script? Who's idea was that to give him a little song like that? Thats' Gold Jerry! Gold!

This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg-TqEFYcfM

_Seinfeld1311 karma

That really was one of the funniest things we ever did was that voicemail message. And I think I remember whose bit it was, but I'm not sure so I'm not going to say. The shrug of "Where could I be" may be the quintessence of the George character.

woefulwank936 karma

How come you decided upon clean humour and to never go blue?

_Seinfeld1475 karma

Well when I started out in comedy in the 70s, if you didn't do clean humor you weren't getting on TV, so I started doing that so I could be on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. And then when I saw what other people were doing, I just always wanted to be a little different.

JustinTurtle856 karma

Hey Mr. Seinfeld. Im a huge fan of your comedy and my dream is to be a comedian like you someday. My question is, what made you decide to do comedy as a career? Anyone have doubts?

_Seinfeld2043 karma

I chose comedy because I thought it seemed much easier than work. And more fun than work. It turned out to be much harder than work, and not easy at all. But you still don't have to ever really grow up. And that's the best thing of all.

stepae835 karma

Is Larry David anything like he is on Curb Your Enthusiasm?

_Seinfeld1632 karma

I have heard this question many times. And I find his character on Curb to be the most reasonable and logical person. And I've never understood why people think of him any other way. To me he is one of the most intelligent and perceptive people, and our minds are very synchronous. So I think he is very much like that character, maybe not as nice all the time.

prometheuspk795 karma

I have been very excited about your AMA, big fan here from Pakistan. So here is what I want to ask you

  • How did the concept of comedians in cars come about?

  • Which comedian that has passed away would you have wanted on your show and why?

  • Which comedian have you not interviewed that you would like to?

  • If you were to make a new sitcom for television would that too be about nothing?

  • Seinfeld had a lot of -talkers. Is there a new kind of talker you feel the need to identify?

  • You'll be turning 60 next year (Which kind of astounds me since I always see you as a 40 something). I'll be expecting you to have made the neccesary plans for a condo in Del Boca Vista no later than December, otherwise I'm afraid I'll have to inform the authorties.

EDIT: To those who think that I am babu

_Seinfeld1256 karma

Oh my god, we're in Pakistan! Hello Pakistan! I have been wanting to talk to you for a long time!

1) I'm sure you have funny conversations with your friends, as I do. But I decided maybe this is a show.

2) Charlie Chaplin in a Duesenberg.

3) There are so many comedians that I love that I haven't yet talked to! Lately I've been watching a lot of Bill Burr on YouTube, I really like him and I'm going to try to get him on the next round of shows.

4) Yes. It would.

5) Good one. Good question. Well obviously, people that are holding their phone and talking to you while they're looking at their phone. The competitive phone talker!

6) Very good joke reference. Yes, well, one of the great things that my generation, that we're doing, is extending our childhood into our 60's, so I will not be heading to Del Boca Vista.

Bad-Seed760 karma

Hey Mr. Seinfeld, who's your favorite minor character from the show?

_Seinfeld1086 karma

How minor?

_Seinfeld1923 karma

We had a GREAT bench of semi-regulars. Newman, Frank Costanza, Jay Peterman - do you consider those minor characters? Because I don't. My favorite minor character was the guy who ran the parking lot who when you went to get your car, he said "we can't do it, we can't get your car."

alaskasam712 karma

one of my favorite lines in a Seinfeld episode was George's scream of despair after being seen naked, "I was in the pool!"
Who came up with that idea for the show?

_Seinfeld871 karma

I don't remember. A lot of the shows were written by lots of people, different ideas were thrown in by different people every step along the way. So there's a writer listed for that episode, but in many cases they are only responsible for 20% of it because we had a huge writing staff and everybody would help everybody every week because it was very challenging.

tashimcgee695 karma

How hard is it to push and stay motivated and active on all of your projects, especially when you were doing Seinfeld. From everything I've read and heard, your involvement in writing and producing the show was so significant, I don't know how you didn't get completely burned out.

By the way, I still love watching Seinfeld reruns whenever they air, and your series CiCGC is awesome!

_Seinfeld1239 karma

Thank you Tashi. I am burned out. And you may have noticed that I tend to quit things soon after doing them, like TV series, animated movies, book writing, broadway plays. I do feel very strongly in stopping the second I feel like I'm not excited anymore, whatever I'm doing.

mist87671 karma

Who was your favorite supporting character on Seinfeld and why? The Bubble Boy? The Soup Nazi? Newman?

_Seinfeld1506 karma

Newman would be my favorite supporting character. I mean, when I got to have a real evil nemesis like Superman would have, that was a dream come true for me. There's no superhero that doesn't have an evil nemesis, and I got to have one. And I love that nobody ever asks "Why didn't you like Newman?"

No one ever asks me that, and no one ever questions it. There was no reason, but it was just fun.

dayofthedead204651 karma

Hi Jerry!

Thanks for doing this ama!

I think most people know that you're a Superman fan. My question is - do you have any Superman comics or collectibles in your home? And if so - what do you consider to be your most prized Superman piece of merchandise?

_Seinfeld969 karma

I have a few old Supermans with the Curt Swan art from the 60's. But nothing impressive. I have a really nice model of Kal-El being loaded into the rocket and then another model of the rocket landing in from of Ma and Pa Kent. Those are my best Superman collectibles.

Evvin254 karma

Your opinion on the new Superman film "Man of Steel"?

_Seinfeld1070 karma

I was so happy that they made another Superman movie! I'm really reluctant to be critical of it in any way. But I thought the glossing over of the figuring out a secret identity and why he felt he needed one was a huge missed opportunity for that character, and one of the most interesting things about Superman is the whole secret identity. So to me it was too much action / violence and not enough character study.

thedudethedudegoesto626 karma

Jerry, I've always wondered why you dont do more animated stuff? Was bee movie a pain in the butt or something? Im a 28 year old dude who isn't afraid to admit bee movie is in my top 5. Loved it hahaha.

_Seinfeld904 karma

First of all, thank you so much for liking Bee movie. Animated stuff is a little effort-intensive. And the complete opposite of being in front of a live audience. So as much as I like the final result, the process was a little tough for me to do.

SpinDocktor566 karma

Thanks for doing the AMA and I love the CCC series. What is your favorite way to relax and unwind?

_Seinfeld997 karma

Somtimes after a show on the road, I will find a place to have a cigar in an alleyway next to the hotel with a friend of mine, and I find that very relaxing. Also, driving relaxes me a lot and listening to music or sports radio.

almondchicken81547 karma

How happy were you with the Seinfeld Finale? In hindsight would you have changed anything?

_Seinfeld1049 karma

I was happy with the Seinfeld finale because we didn't want to do another episode as much as we wanted to have everybody come back to the show we had so much fun with. It was a way to thank all of the people who worked on the show over the years that we thought made the show work. I don't believe in trying to change the past but I'm very happy with it.

TooMuchProtein544 karma

How do you deal with writers block?

_Seinfeld2467 karma

Writer's block is a phony, made up, BS excuse for not doing your work.

seb245494 karma

Hi Jerry!

I was wondering, do you still write a big 'X' on your calendar every day?

Best! Sebastiaan

_Seinfeld1038 karma

This is hilarious to me, that somehow I am getting credit for making an X on a calendar with the Seinfeld productivity program. It's the dumbest non-idea that was not mine, but somehow I'm getting credit for it.

TortoiseDream450 karma

You're on a desert island, and can only bring 5 of your favorite cars. Which 5 do you bring?

_Seinfeld1488 karma

This is an absurd scenario. First of all, cars and desert are a bad combination. I would only bring one car to a desert island and that would be a VW Dune Buggy. No other cars are fun in the desert.

MONKSFTW423 karma

Hey Jerry, first off I’d just like to say you’re an amazing comedian, one of the greats, which makes me waking up here in Australia at 5 am just for this AMA even more worth it. Now I know a lot of people here are going to be talking about Larry David’s and your masterpiece of a show Seinfeld which I’d like to congratulate you on, it is one of the funniest television shows I’ve seen to this day. I’d like to ask two questions if I may, one about Seinfeld and the other about your recent Web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

  • What was it like working with your fellow cast members and crew on the set of Seinfeld?

  • What has been one of the most memorable experiences with Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee so far?

Thank you for taking time out of your day for this AMA, it means a lot to people to have the chance to talk to a legend of comedy. On behalf of this AMA, I wish you luck with Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

_Seinfeld671 karma

1) Working with the cast was pure heaven for me. We were as well suited to each other as it seems when you watch the show. We enjoyed each other's company enormously. That was one of the big things that made the show work, I think.

2) Well, there have been many. I think for me, one of the most incredible is in this week's episode with Louis CK, the 2 italian gentlemen at the beginning of the show, we found them right there. I just said to the PA to see if they could find 2 italian guys to argue about the car, and he came back 5 minutes later with 2 italian guys. And that was just so shocking. If I told you to go out on the streets of New York to find 2 old italian guys to argue about a car, it would take you what, 10 minutes, 20 minutes? We filmed it at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and that Josh Ricks was able to find 2 italian guys... I said "How did you do that?"

The fact that the show is even a show is the most amazing thing to me. To me, it's a very personal fanciful notion of a show that I didn't ever think could go beyond the comedy geek community. And it seems to. Here I am on reddit!

MONKSFTW302 karma

Thank you for answering my questions, it means a lot being able to talk to an actor that really helped define my sense of comedy in my ways, best of luck, this totally made it with the early wake up.

_Seinfeld427 karma

Thank you!

sarphinius393 karma

As long as you're browsing other posts ... what's the weirdest thing that YOU ever saw on a plane?

Me: mock wedding on the plane of a young couple who were engaged and actually on their way to get married in California, complete with a fake bouquet, veil and train made from toilet paper, and airline treats for everyone for the "reception." Good Guy Southwest, back in the day!

_Seinfeld1327 karma

Wow, that's a nice idea. The weirdest thing I ever saw on a plane... well, I don't know the answer to your question, but I will tell you a true plane story that I know. And it's true, and you're not going to believe this.

I had a friend who worked as a flight attendant in the 1980s. And she was working on the plane, and she saw this weird guy go into the bathroom, close the door and come out a few minutes later. And she got this really weird feeling, and she went into the bathroom and started digging through the garbage in the bathroom. And it was full of garbage, and she pulled out everything in the garbage.

And this is a crazy story, right? because the plane hasn't even taken off yet.

She gets to the bottom of the garbage, and there's a bomb. She finds a bomb. The guy had planted a bomb, and what it was exactly, we may never know. But she walked slowly up to the cockpit, she tells the pilot "I found something on the plane" and of course they call the marshals, they grab the guy, this is probably 1982 this happened. And that's really the whole story, but I thought it was one of the most amazing things, that she got that weird feeling and acted on it. Something weird's going on, and then emptying out the garbage - it wasn't part of her job, but that's the craziest story I've ever heard about the plane.

drelos389 karma

First I want to say your chat with Louis CK with Comediansincar... was lovely. It was really "human" something odd in modern times. Maybe not the most original question over here but are you planning to drink a coffee with Julia Louis-Dreyfus?

_Seinfeld442 karma

Well I haven't made any plans for our future episodes. We just finished making the six that will run this season and I don't know what is coming next.

Cyanide03356 karma

Is Patrick Warburton as stern as he sounds on TV?

_Seinfeld672 karma

Oh no. Patrick is one of the silliest, funniest, most entertaining people I ever had the privilege of working with. He's the most difficult actor to work with in Bee movie, because every time he would come in to read, I would end up lying on the floor weeping with laughter.

rednaxt330 karma

What does a typical day off from work consist of for you?

_Seinfeld840 karma

It's usually, the kids and I will go get bagels and lox on a weekend. And then we'll come home and eat them.

HallucinoJER300 karma

Hello Jerry, then again since we're not friends (yet) I'll call you Mr. Seinfeld.

When you were a kid, what was your ultimate "one day if I'm rich I will..." fantasy?

Did you fulfill it yet?

_Seinfeld685 karma

First of all, I love being called Mr. Seinfeld. In fact, all my children call me that. It's funny that you should ask this, because this was something I loved to do as a kid with my friends was sit on my stoop and think "what would we do when we were rich" when we were kids in Long Island. And I remember thinking "The greatest thing you could do if you were rich would be to have a go-kart track."

I don't have one. I do have a long driveway in my house in Long Island, and sometimes I ride on it on a scooter. And that makes me feel like Richie Rich.

Richie Rich, that comic book, made me anxious. Just the whole thing was kind of weird, it brought out strange, uncomfortable emotions of envy, and you know, sadness. He had parents, but it was one of the most depraved comic books of all. I wonder if it still exists, it can't possibly still exist.

mayormccool258 karma

Hey Jerry, thanks for doing this AMA!

I was listening to Alec Baldwin's podcast where he interviews you. At the end you mentioned your meditation practices.

How has that helped with your career? Also, are people often surprised to hear that?

_Seinfeld484 karma

I don't know if people were surprised, I would have to see all of their eyebrows to see if they go up. But meditation helps because it's the ultimate way to rest when you're working. It's just as simple as that.

DiscoApocalypse257 karma

Are the legends true? is there really a Superman in every episode of Seinfeld?

_Seinfeld530 karma

No, not true.

Jabbari_Scrivvens232 karma

Hi Jerry!

Thanks for doing the AMA.

My question is how did you come up with Festivus and did you ever think that people would actually celebrate it?

_Seinfeld429 karma

I didn't come up with it, it was the invention of Dan O'Keefe's father, who was a writer on our show. We never anticipated anything. I anticipated it would be a good idea that would get us through this week.

ashfordrats204 karma

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is often compared to Seinfeld. What do you think of the show?

_Seinfeld318 karma

Regretfully I have not yet enjoyed it. I'm sure it's wonderful.

mullacc198 karma

what if sienfeld still on tv today?

_Seinfeld351 karma

Everything would have had to change. The character would have gotten married and started families, I suppose. But I still think everything has its life cycle and if you respect it, people enjoy it longer. And if you disrespect it - look at THE HANGOVER movie. If you made just one, the movie would be a comedy legend. Because they made 3, it isn't.

riley_f167 karma

Hey jerry, Recently watched a few old episodes of your show and only recently realized how well they have aged with time, at any point during scripting did you think "no we cant do this because 15 years from now it wont be funny"?

_Seinfeld284 karma

No, we didn't think that, and there are a few examples of things that we completely ignored that this would not make any sense in the future. But we did try really hard with each episode to make it the absolute best we could so that it would hold up over time.

wikitywikitywak153 karma

Would you consider hosting SNL again?

_Seinfeld315 karma

I had a great time being on SNL. But I didn't think that I was one of those great hosts that had all these different things that they could finally do on that show. So I think it's better when other people host it.

Barnabam146 karma

You wrote the ad copy for the Acura ads that accompany the most recent episodes of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." How did that writing process differ from joke writing? What was the inspiration for the retro-space-age theme?

_Seinfeld268 karma

The idea was to take a car from 2014, and transport it through a time tunnel to an ad agency in 1965 that is somewhat incompetent. And Acura liked the idea and wanted me to do it, so we did it.

milesabove121 karma

Obligatory "OMG you're my favorite / I love your shows" fanboy meltdown.

Now that we've got that out of the way, my questions:

  1. How do you select which car you use for each episode? Does it reflect the guest's personality?

  2. Would you ever go on Top Gear as a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car?"

  3. Do you ever race any of your cars? At the track or otherwise?

  4. Finally, Acura: since CICGC is supported by them, have you/would you ever own(ed) one?

Thanks for doing this AMA!

_Seinfeld213 karma

1) I try to do that in some way and from now on, I'm going to mention in the show, before it starts, why I picked that car for that person.

2) Sure. It's a little inconvenient though, since they're in England.

3) I have driven a car on a track, but I have never been in a race nor would I ever be in a race. I don't want to be faster than somebody else, that seems like a psychological problem.

4) I have never had an Acura but I would own an Acura, and without Acura, there would be no Comedians in Cars show. They have been absolutely enabling us to continue doing it.

-eDgAR-119 karma

Mr. Seinfeld, thanks for doing this! Did you have a favorite sitcom when you were growing up?

_Seinfeld263 karma

I would say, when I heard that they were going to do a sitcom with a secret agent who was funny, that it was going to be a comedy secret agent TV show, and it was going to be called "Get Smart," the back of my head blew off. So that was really my favorite show when I was a kid. Also Laugh-In and Batman.

examinerkerry113 karma

Have you ever tried making one of the recipes out of any of your wife's cookbooks? (She's fabulous, I love her, etc.)

_Seinfeld179 karma

I did make the pepper steak one time. And it was great.

ChandyC92 karma

After creating arguably the most successful sitcom in the history of television, do you think modern comedy shows(How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, or even Comedians in Cars getting Coffee) live up to the precedent Seinfeld set? If not, do they have the potential?

Edit: I understand these show don't live up to Seinfeld. I wanted to see Jerry's opinion on them; after all, they are the most succesful shows on air today.

_Seinfeld341 karma

I think the fans of every show love that show as much as anybody loves any show, that's why they make lots of shows because there are lots of people and everybody has their own opinions. I don't think there's anything like a "best show" I kind of hate that concept. I think awards are kind of stupid, there is no best movie or best actor, what you like is best for you. If everybody liked the same thing there would be just one dish. That's why they have a menu because everybody likes something different.

chem-farmer88 karma

Hello and welcome to Reddit!

Did you keep all those sneakers you wore over the years? If so, how many pairs do you own?

_Seinfeld324 karma

Not unlike yourself, I have thrown out my old sneakers.

abscr82 karma

What comedian would you bring back from the dead to do one more show (of new material)?

_Seinfeld256 karma

Wow. First of all let me say that I'm not that interested in new material. If I like somebody, I love hearing their great material, it doesn't have to be new. But obviously the answer is George Carlin.

Friendly_Necromorph69 karma

What really ever happened to Geoege's Sable hat? (S8 E8)

_Seinfeld215 karma

It probably went back to the prop department where it came from.

pwise123469 karma

What is your favorite television comedy that is currently airing?

_Seinfeld173 karma

I don't know if it's currently on the air, but Get Smart might be my current favorite television comedy. or maybe The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Or maybe the Honeymooners.

macaroniemaniac33 karma

What's it like working with/knowing Ricky Gervais?

_Seinfeld54 karma

Ricky's one of my favorite people. He's one of those the second you step into the same room that he's in, you're laughing. He's just got comedic energy that I love.

Mexi-CAN131 karma

In the 90's what device made you think, "Wow, we're in the future."

_Seinfeld71 karma

That is a good question. Well, the cell phone. The first cell phone, the Motorola Star Tech. When I got the first cell phone, I thought "we're in the future now." I didn't get the bigger battery.

_Seinfeld58 karma

The battery life wasn't bad. Almost the same was now. You could survive fine with that one. I'm sure that someone still has a working one.