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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
Introducing Grindfeld, the Seinfeld-themed metal band
The New York City-based Grindfeld is releasing its debut EP, titled "5 Songs About Nothing," featuring songs named after Seinfeld episodes, including "The Soup Nazi" and "The Contest." Grindfeld describes itself as being "born out of a mutual love of Death Metal, comical observations, coffee and Hardcore, Grindfeld is a project built on the existential dread hidden just under the surface of daily life."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Source: The Washington Post
"When Mark Twain first emailed me about the Mark Twain prize, I have to admit I totally misunderstood," the Veep and Seinfeld star, the sixth woman to receive the Mark Twain prize, said after a night devoted to her at the Kennedy Center. "I thought I was being asked to honor someone else. What a hassle. I have to go all the way to Washington, D.C., and make up flattering things to say about how funny someone else is. And then I realized. It’s me. I get the prize, and my attitude about the whole thing changed. It really did. This is a great night, a great honor. Anybody would be lucky to be part of a night like this honoring someone like me.” Throughout the night, which will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 19, Louis-Dreyfus was feted and roasted by comedies biggest names, from former co-star Jerry Seinfeld to Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, Stephen Colbert, Lisa Kudrow, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Larry David, who worked with Louis-Dreyfus on SNL and tapped her for Seinfeld, joked about her recent cancer battle via video. "I want to congratulate Julia for this unbelievably prestigious award," the David said. "But I gotta say, the lengths that she went through to get it, frankly I was a little surprised... that whole cancer thing? Cancer? Honestly, I gotta take my hat off to her. What a scam." Jerry Seinfeld, meanwhile, credited Louis-Dreyfus for making his career. “I could not get enough of her,” Seinfeld said of their partnership on screen. “That whole time, nine years, I was not acting. I couldn’t.”
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:36AM EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia re-created an iconic Seinfeld scene
Check out the FX comedy's remaking of a classic scene from Seinfeld's "The Contest" episode side by side with the original.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom
Source: The Washington Post
The Veep star gets the Washington Post profile treatment ahead of Sunday's ceremony honoring her with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The Post's Geoff Edgars writes that Louis-Dreyfus’ success is unprecedented, from Seinfeld to The New Adventures of Old Christine to Veep. She has paved the way, he explains, by serving "as a model for the wave of talented women who emerged over the past decade-plus, including Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehler." And while she didn't create Seinfeld, he adds, "her nine seasons on the hit established a new kind of sitcom actress on a new kind of sitcom. Post-Lucille Ball, prime time was packed with airheaded babes (Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeanie or Suzanne Somers on Three’s Company) or matronly voices-of-reason (Marion Ross on Happy Days). Roseanne Barr brought a lunch-pail weariness to television, and Mary Tyler Moore managed to be both independent and sharp. But Elaine and Selina were nothing like Mary. They could be as shallow, nasty and dysfunctional as the guys sitting around Jerry’s apartment, as profane and blue as the potty-mouthed male politicians making backroom deals." ALSO: Louis-Dreyfus said she never considered leaving Veep despite her cancer diagnosis.
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Seinfeld-style sneakers are suddenly all the rage
The plain white, chunky sneakers that Jerry Seinfeld used to wear on his sitcom are making a comeback.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld explains why he can't watch Seinfeld, and why he turned down $5 million an episode
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times asked Seinfeld, "When you’re flipping channels and you come across a Seinfeld rerun, do you flip right past it or do you linger?" Seinfeld responded: Right past it. I think there’s a level of focus you need to get something to a certain point creatively, and you pay a price for that, which is you can’t ever look at it again." As for if he ever second-guessed turning down NBC's offer to continue doing Seinfeld at $5 million an episode, Seinfeld says: "No. It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you’re still asking me about it."
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
John Mulaney discussed with Jerry Seinfeld his failed Fox Seinfeld-like sitcom
The Fox sitcom Mulaney, which ran for 13 episodes in the 2014-15 season, couldn't escape comparisons to Seinfeld. On a new episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Mulaney brought up his terrible sitcom experience. "The experience of doing a sitcom was such a slow process getting it on the air that once it was on the air I felt double confident that this was it," Mulaney told Seinfeld. "And then... uh... and then you show it to people. And they say, 'nope.'" ALSO: "Seinfeld Current Day" Twitter account takes on NBC's Twitter.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Check out a modern version of Seinfeld's apartment
Source: Time Out
Design firm Modsy is commemorating today's 29th anniversary of Seinfeld's premiere with a redesign of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment, complete with an iMac. In today's New York City, an apartment like Seinfeld's apartment would probably cost around $4,552 per month to rent.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Seinfeld writer thinks McDonald's should pay him for muffin tops idea
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Stanley Anderson, who played Judge Vandelay on the Seinfeld finale, dies at 78
Source: Page Six
Anderson, who passed away weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer, also played Drew Carey's dad on The Drew Carey Show.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
McDonald's takes a cue from Seinfeld's Elaine Benes, announces it will start serving muffin tops
In an idea seemingly lifted from a Seinfeld episode, the fast-food chain announced it will start testing "Muffin Toppers" in Baltimore-area restaurants in an effort to revamp its breakfast menu.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Source: The New York Times
“Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor,” Deborah F. Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement. “Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.” The Veep star said in her own statement: “Merely to join the list of distinguished recipients of this award would be honor enough, but, as a student of both American history and literature, the fact that Mr. Twain himself will be presenting the award to me in person is particularly gratifying."
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
What happens when you analyze all 173 Seinfeld scripts?
Source: The A.V. Club
Writer Andrew Thompson and designer Tri Vo's analysis in honor of the 20th anniversary of the series finale reveals how much each character spoke and how frequently catchphrases were used.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
James Corden "performs" the Seinfeld theme
Watch The Late Late Show host's performance of the Seinfeld theme as a "Young James Corden" in honor the iconic sitcom's 20th anniversary.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
How Seinfeld's series finale paved the way for modern comedy
The series finale that aired 20 years ago today, on May 14, 1998, proved to be influential, even if many fans and critics hated it, says Marianne Eloise. "It's fair to say that the episode is not without problems – its format makes it a little slower than a standard Seinfeld episode, the courtroom setup makes it feel samey, the carousel of old characters and references makes it feel smug," says Eloise. "But that is precisely why it’s perfect: Seinfeld has always been smug, snidey, all-knowing. Its characters and creators have always prided themselves on knowing things that we don’t – whether that’s obscure references or just how to make good comedy. Seinfeld has always gone against the grain of what’s intuitive or expected, and that’s what has aided its longevity. Regardless of its poor reviews, the finale, like the series, has gone down in history as a blueprint for how comedy can be done. In a direct way, the courtroom setup has been recycled by a number of shows."
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