Jerry Seinfeld is the latest celebrity to host a Reddit AMA, letting fans ask him anything in an open online forum, and the comedian did not hold back.
While plugging the third season of his web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which premiered with a hilarious Louis C.K. episode last week, Seinfeld was funny, brutally honest, and even a little nostalgic when talking about "Seinfeld."
When someone asked what he would do if he wasn't doing comedy, he had a succinct and perfect one-word response: Die.
That makes sense, considering how meticulous and passionate he is about his work. When describing the comraderie on the "Seinfeld" set, he said:
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.
That, and the fact that the show wasn't actually about nothing:
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.
Seinfeld also teased a new project with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" funny man and "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David:
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.
Any guesses? A "Seinfeld" movie perhaps? We can dream.
But for a man who's refused to play favorites with "Seinfeld" episodes since the show went off the air in 1998 — saying it'd be like naming a favorite child — he did finally name the two episodes that were the most fun to shoot.
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.
There you have it, "Seinfeld" fans! What were your favorite episodes to watch?
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