Some guy from a show you may have heard of. (via Getty)
Jerry Seinfeld introduced himself to the unpredictable mob over at reddit yesterday for an AMA, which is the reddit shorthand for "ask me anything." Well they did, and unlike celebrity AMA's in the past that have gone horribly wrong, like Fake Morgan Freeman or Woody Harrelson who bailed pretty quickly after being harrassed, Jerry seemed genuinely interested and gave thoughtful, entertaining answers to some interesting quesions.
On scrapped Seinfeld episode ideas:
blade316: My question: were there ever story ideas that you had to scrap for Seinfeld because you felt they pushed the limits too far?
_Seinfeld: 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.
Jabarri_Scrivvens: My question is how did you come up with Festivus and did you ever think people would actually celebrate it?
_Seinfeld: 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.
On the original pitch for Seinfeld:
DanielTaylor: In the 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 pitching 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 it and who didn't?
_Seinfeld: 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.
On the legend of Superman:
DiscoApocalypse: Are the legends true? is there really a Superman in every episode of Seinfeld?
_Seinfeld: No, Not true.
On Jerry's favorite character:
mist87: Who was your favorite supporting character on Seinfeld and why? The Bubble Boy? The Soup Nazi? Newman?
_Seinfeld: 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.
On quoting popular lines:
DetroitPistons: 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.
_Seinfeld: 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."
On Jerry's relationship with Larry David and their top secret upcoming project:
ToTheBongGuy: What is the most mundane thing you and Larry have obsessed over?
_Seinfeld: 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.
You can read the full exchange here.