Jerry Seinfeld Does Not Regret Naming His Character After Himself
Television star and comedian dishes to GQ about days on 'Seinfeld'
If you can’t quote at least one of the mountains of iconic catch phrases from comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s long-running, über-influential television show, Seinfeld, you must’ve been living under a rock when it was airing in the ’90s … or maybe you just weren’t born yet. (To the latter crowd, there’s still ample time to catch up on TBS or a streaming service of your choice.)
Despite his place in the pop culture pantheon, Seinfeld himself only rarely discusses his days on the show at length—mainly because he doesn’t really have to. He’s got Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and his stand-up shows to keep him busy, and syndication to keep his pockets full.
But GQ recently tracked Seinfeld down for their Comedy Issue, interviewing him about the show and its legacy.
As to whether he regretted naming Seinfeld the show after himself, the real Seinfeld responded, “No. We couldn’t think of another title, and we figured that’s what people are gonna call it anyway. The show is always the name of the guy—it’s not The Tonight Show, it’s Fallon. You know: I did a Conan; I did a Fallon.”
Seinfeld also provides potential new fans with a guide for watching his eponymous show. When asked which episodes he’d rewatch, if given the chance, the comedian sets aside “The Pothole,” “The Marine Biologist,” and “The Yada Yada.”
Best guest star? That goes to future Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who played Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry’s dentist.
For more of the highlights from Seinfeld, watch the hilarious reel below.
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