Talking About Seinfeld

 

From A Flop To A Pop Culture Phenomenon

Seinfeld is one of the most all-time popular sitcoms in Hollywood planet. But this happened only nine years after it ended, although admittedly it did reach it’s screaming peak in the middle of the run for the television series somewhat. Originally called The Seinfeld Chronicles (1989), the show became a flop in it’s earliest stages. As a pop culture phenomenon, Seinfeld brought a whole new angle to comedy on television. One of my favourite characters from the show is without a doubt “The Soup Nazi”.

The Charismatic Elaine Finally Becomes Real

Elaine is a passionate young woman and one day this passion takes her to the HQ of The New Yorker because of a cartoon sketch. The sketch is off the New York magazine and it has confused her so much she must not stay trapped underneath the glittering skyline of Manhattan with that subject. At a meeting with the cartoonist, Elaine goes nowhere with her confusions but learns that the cartoonist has fallen hopelessly in love, with her lovely ideas.

What was most interesting and conclusive about all of this was that in mid-July 2012, The New Yorker finally published a caricature sort of a performance of Elaine’s ideas in print, asking readers to caption it. I liked how the magazine just got up one day and randomly decided to pick up where it last left off – inspiring Elaine enough to draw out the cartoonist inside of her and hopefully create something absolutely remarkable.

The World Through Seinfeld’s Eyes

Cheers was one of the most popular sitcoms of the time, when Seinfeld tried to make a name for itself for the very first time. It was also a time when Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Michael Keaton premiered in theaters nationwide, alongside other brilliant films such as, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Ghostbusters II and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The amount of detail that went into making the show is amusing – the composer Jonathan Wolff would personally craft the opening theme for every one of the episodes after absorbing the first few lines of the script to compliment the show’s constant hunger for new content in everything to do with the Seinfeld story.

Not Very Expressive On The Gun Debate

Larry Charles wrote a script for Seinfeld and it involved Elaine purchasing a gun but then the whole cast/crew threw that idea out of the window. The reason why they did it was because they felt that the thought of joking about guns is not funny at all. They got cold feet at the last minute because the sets were created and the crew even rehearsed. However, the room suddenly started to grow uncomfortable because it just seemed like it was becoming an awkward joke. Charles felt that he really believed the joke was untimely and too early but he still laments about being unable to figure out a way to at least have been somewhat proficient about the gun debate in the show, even if it was more of a drama than comedy, for those couple of minutes (seconds?).

The Role That Almost Never Happened That Way…

Jason Alexander was not actually the first choice in playing George Costanza (pictured here). The role was first offered to Danny DeVito and Chris Rock. At the time, according to Alexander, DeVito’s career was at the highest pinnacle of success so he most likely was not really interested in playing second-to-command (sort of) to Jerry Seinfeld. Danny was quite the star at the time, having played as interesting and diverse roles, yes, like one of the mental patients in a psychiatric ward controlled by an abusive madwoman who keeps the patients somewhat healed through shock therapy and medication in a storyline that is about how far your distinct inability to control personal rage can take you in the very unforgettable One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).

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