Secret Seinfeld Facts You Never Knew

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People may be Netflix crazy, binging out on multiple show in a row just to get to the end of the latest trending HBO series. But to this day, none of them can compare to the greatest sitcom of all time. A show that was essentially, about nothing. We’re talking about none other than Seinfeld – the show that had millions of American’s tuning in every Thursday night because the laughs were non-stop. In fact, the show’s re-runs are more popular than most of the shows you can stream on Netflix (or anywhere else for that matter), as Seinfeld has a massive cult following. Pretty impressive considering the show ended back in 1998. That’s 18 years ago! More surprisingly (especially to those die-hard Seinfeld fans), the show was chalk full of juicy behind the screen secrets and fun facts that no one knows about. Unlike with today’s shows where nothing’s a secret, thanks to the Internet. With shows like Seinfeld, what you see (on screen), is all you get. Well, until now, as the Internet is here – it’s leaked a bunch of facts any Seinfeld fan would just die to know. Like, for example, the actress that almost got the part of Elaine! Keep reading to find out more …
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Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry, along with his friend Larry David, co-created and wrote the pilot and initial episodes. He essentially played himself – which is a neurotic, highly judgmental, mildly famous comedian who’s confused about his direction in life. But fans would quickly find out how endearing, and fun he could be as well.
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Jerry, After Seinfeld

Since ending 18 years ago, Jerry has been more than busy working on numerous projects. His latest, and most popular is a web series called “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee”, in which he picks up other famous comedians in one of his classic cars from his unbelievable car collection, while they drive around and shoot the shit. It’s all pretty laid back. But then again, wouldn’t you be if you earned over $800 million from your own sitcom?
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Jason Alexander

While Jerry played himself, Jason Alexander (aka: George Costanza) on the other hand played Jerry’s real like friend, Larry David. Larry was perpetually unemployed, often living with his parents, and a person who had this uncanny ability to make rather pathetic life choices.
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Jason, Post-George Costanza

After Seinfeld, George, I mean, Jason’s been busy working on numerous television and movie projects. But Jason’s passion is, as it was before Seinfeld, was Broadway acting and musicals. And he’s appeared in such shows as “Fish in the Dark”, which by the way, was also created by Larry David.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Elaine Benes, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus was Jerry’s quirky, sharp-tonged ex-girlfriend, tuned friend. Elaine was famous for picking the worst men to date in the city (Jerry excluded), which she was always complaining about with Jerry over coffee at there favorite diner.
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Julia, Post-Seinfeld

Since saying her goodbyes to Elaine, Julia’s been crazy busy on her own HBO show “Veep”, which she just won an Emmy for. Along with shows like “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Arrested Development” – Julia’s as popular now, as she was when she was Elaine Benes.
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Michael Richards

Kramer, perhaps the real star of the show, he was Jerry’s overly eccentric neighbor who was always up to some kind of nonsense – such as wearing insanely tight jeans in which he needed Jerry to help him take them off. Kramer was always working on some big business idea – which never went anywhere – and never seems to have a job while on the show.
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Michael After Seinfeld

After Seinfeld, Michale got to work on a spin-off show called, “The Michael Richards Show.” However, it garnered little success. Things only got worse for the former Kramer character as he took to stand-up comedy to which, during the middle of a show, went off on a heckler in a slew of racial slurs. He’s since apologized for he comments, but hasn’t bounced back to the small screen as of yet.
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Wayne Knight

Only a secondary character, but just as popular as the main ones, Newman was a postal worker who lived in Jerry’s building and acted as his antagonist. Their recurring run-ins was a fan favorite, as they were always sarcastic, and fraught with animosity.
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Newman No More

It appears Wayne Knight as been type-casted as he’s gone on to play yet another “creepy” neighbor in the show “Hot in Cleveland”. He also had a part on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, which to many, was the second coming of Seinfeld.
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Where’s Norman?

Most people don’t know, but Kramer had a double on the show. Norman Brenner played Kramer’s double for his numerous, and hilarious trips and falls. But when he wasn’t, he was used as an extra in the background. You can see him here sitting in the chair of the Chinese restaurant Jerry and George liked to frequent. If you’re still watching the re-runs, see if you can spot him in any other episodes.
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Toilet Toothbrush

Remember the “Toothbrush” episode, where one of Jerry’s vindictive girlfriend’s throws his toothbrush in the toilet bowl because she knows what a germaphobe he is. Well, this actually happened to one of the show’s writers, who inserted it into the the plot.
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The Puffy Shirt

When Jerry yelled, “But I don’t want to be a pirate!” in the puffy shirt episode, the shirt became a cult icon as it now hangs in the Smithsonian American History Museum’s collection. Unfortunately, just like in the show, it never caught on as a trend.
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Stand Up

Believe it or not, Seinfeld was never meant to be a TV series. It was originally pitched as a 90-minute television special called “Stand-Up”. The idea was that it would be aired during “Saturday Night Live’s” regular programming.
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Seinfeld’s A Quitter!

When Seinfeld decided that he not longer wanted the show to go on, he meant it. But the show was so popular, that NBC’s producers offered Jerry $110 million to do just one more season – which worked out to $5 million an episode! Still, Jerry declined.
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Don’t Leave Jason Out

During season 3, Jason Alexander’s character George, was written out of the episode titled “The Pen”. Apparently he was so displeased, that he went up to Larry David as said, “if you do it again, do it permanently.” Can you imagine the show without George?!
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Happy Festivus!

You may think that silly holiday celebrated by the Costanza’s called Festivus was created by them. But in fact, it was an actual holiday created by one of the show’s writers’ father who created it to celebrate his first date with his wife.
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WHO Was Almost Cast As Elaine?!

Can imagine the role of Elaine being played by Rosie O’Donnell? Well evidentially, her and Larry David go way back and she was asked to audition. Patricia Heaton and Megan Mullally were also in serious contention for the part of Elaine as well. Thankfully, it went to Julia Louis, as we can’t imagine a better sidekick for Jerry.
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“The Bet”

“The Bet” episode was originally about to be about buying a handgun – not who could hold out on pleasuring themselves the longest. The cast collectively decided that it just wasn’t funny enough, and it was scraped until later reworked into an episode about masturbation.
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Kramer Was Originally Kessler

The role of Kramer was actually based off of Larry David’s real life, and very unusual neighbor, Kenny Kramer, who went by “Kessler”. But Kenny was hesitant to have the show use his Kessler nickname, so he agreed to sell just part of his name, “Kramer”, for a mere $1000 for the rights to use it. Imagine how much he could have made if he had even a clue as to how much the show was going to make?!
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