1. The first episode of Seinfeld recently turned 25 years old. Here are 25 things you may not know about the series:
2. 1. Newman is not the character with the fifth-most appearances on the show. That title belongs to Ruthie Cohen (played by Ruth Cohen), a waitress at Monk’s.
3. 2. Lloyd Braun is named after Larry David’s former lawyer and long-time friend.
The real Lloyd Braun has a pretty extensive resume, with everything from Chairman of ABC to Yahoo! executive in his past. He now works primarily in the tech industry.
4. 3. Members of the studio audience had to be subdued during the height of Kramer’s popularity as their raucous clapping interfered with Michael Richards’ ability to concentrate.
YO YO MA.
5. 4. Bob Sacameno was a real-life friend of series writer Larry Charles.
However, the two had a falling out after the character was first mentioned on the show. Perhaps that’s why he is never seen…
6. 5. The real George Steinbrenner filmed a scene for the Season 7 finale episode “The Invitations”.
However, the scene had to be cut. Some say Steinbrenner was unhappy when he learned that Susan was to be killed off, while some say it was merely a time consideration. Footage still remains from the scene he filmed.
7. 6. Lloyd Bridges, who played Izzy Mandelbaum for two episodes of the show, passed away less than six months after his second appearance aired.
8. 7. Michael Richards wanted nothing to do with Kenny Kramer, the man Cosmo Kramer is based on. They never met prior to Richards’ playing the role of Kramer.
This was parodied during season 4 of Seinfeld, when the actor hired to play Kramer in the Jerry pilot does not want to take notes from the real Kramer.
9. 8. The original pitch for Seinfeld was not “a show about nothing.” It was to be a documentary-style show about how a comedian gets his material.
10. 9. An episode about Elaine buying a handgun for protection got left on the cutting room floor because according to Jerry “it just wasn’t funny.”
11. 10. Kenny Kramer gives “reality tours” just as Cosmo Kramer does in the episode “The Muffin Tops.”
The tours are still running. They cost about $40 a person, and detail the people and places in the show.
12. 11. Jerry’s favorite episodes are “The Rye,” “The Boyfriend,” “The Contest,” “The Yada Yada” and “The Pothole.”
His least favorite is “The Alternate Side.”
13. 12. The classic quote “not that there’s anything wrong with that” was not in the original script for the episode “The Outing.”
The phrase was constantly used in conversations about the episode, and Jerry added it to make the episode more socially acceptable.
14. 13. Wayne Knight (Newman) credits Seinfeld for pushing him to take the first steps towards better health.
Knight experienced some heart palpitations while filming a scene for “The Bottle Deposit” in which he and Michael Richards had to run through a cornfield. He saw a doctor, who was very unhappy with Knight’s health state. It was a huge wake-up call, and Knight began to take steps towards better health soon after.
15. 14. The infamous “contest” episode is based on a real contest that Larry David and Kenny Kramer had.
It allegedly lasted several months, and David was the winner.
16. 15. Jerry only uses the computer in his apartment in two episodes.
One of which being Season five’s “The Stall.”
17. 16. Kenny Kramer tried to gain the Democratic Party nomination for New York City mayor in 1997.
He was unsuccessful. His political website is still up, though. He also became an ordained minister with the non-denominational Universal Life Church in 2013. He hopes to take part in your wedding ceremony (for a nominal fee).
18. 17. Sandy Baron, who played Jack Klompus on the show, was in a coma days before his last appearance on Seinfeld.
The episode almost had to be rewritten, but luckily he awoke from the coma and was able to get to set in time to film his part.
19. 18. An alternate version of the episode “The Non-fat Yogurt” was filmed. It would have been used if Mayor Dinkins had been re-elected.
20. 19. Michael Richards injured an extra’s foot in “The Postponement” while crawling on the floor.
21. 20. The real Soup Nazi, Al Yeganeh, hates the Nazi label and feels that his portrayal on Seinfeld “ruined his life” (even though it has given him fame and positive recognition to this day).
In a true showing of life imitating art, Jerry Seinfeld was banned from Al’s restaurant, Soup Kitchen International (now called “The Original Soup Man”), for allegedly giving Al “the most insincere, sarcastic apology ever” in regards to his usage of the Soup Nazi character.
22. 21. Originally, the female character on the show was intended to be Claire, the waitress in the pilot episode.
However, after the series was picked up for a full season, she was replaced by Elaine.
23. 22. Kramer made 284 sliding entrances during the course of the show.
24. 23. Remember Elaine’s dad: Alton Benes, the intimidating author? There was a reason he only appeared in only one episode.
Apparently he was just as scary in real life as he acted on the show. He stole a butcher knife from the set, and everyone was too scared to have him back for a second appearance.
25. 24. Even Bill O’Reilley was a Seinfeld fan… until the end.
Here is a quote from O’Reilly’s book A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: “After nine years of clever writing and brilliant comedic acting, Seinfeld’s closing act rivaled Petticoat Junction in witty payoff. So what the heck happened?… I think these guys tanked the final episode on purpose.”