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Jerry Seinfeld headed over to Reddit this week to host an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and boy did we learn a lot. Mainly, that the Soup Nazi isn’t his favorite Seinfeld character of all time (!!) and that he likes bagels, too. Oh, and that there is a super secret script coming from the Jerry-and-Larry fountain of genius.
Here’s the ten best -- and most mundane -- things we got out of the chat. And if you haven’t checked out Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee yet, you should.
Seinfeld & Larry David Are Working on Something "Huge"
ToTheBongGuy: What is the most mundane thing you and Larry have obsessed over?
Jerry: 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.
Our Ideas Really Aren't that Funny
Jerry: Oh this is a very painful subject. As you can probably imagine, over the 9 years of doing the show, Larry David and I sat through hundreds of ideas that people wanted to do on the show. And most of the ideas are not good. Which I saw Larry say the other day on some show, somebody asked him the same question and he said "I know you think it's funny, but it's really hard." The ideas that Larry and I would respond to, I don't even know, they just need to be very unique. It's just a lot harder than it seems to come up with. And particularly for that show, where we tried to do things that were unusual, and you had to go through a lot of ideas to find the ones you like.
All Those Porsches Are Collecting Dust
trollitc: What, above all other things, is the neatest most fascinating and cool thing you get to do on a daily basis?
Jerry: That I get to do on a daily basis? Probably walk to work. I think that's about the coolest thing that there is. Or take my bike. If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that's just about the coolest thing that there is. Every morning I listen to the traffic on the radio, and they talk about how they are jammed and I just laugh. I love traffic. I love traffic reports because I'm not in any of them.
mist87: Who was your favorite supporting character on Seinfeld and why? The Bubble Boy? The Soup Nazi? Newman?
Jerry: 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.
He Doesn't Have a Go-Kart Track ... Yet
HallucinoJer: Hello Jerry, then again since we're not friends (yet) I'll call you Mr. Seinfeld. When you were a kid, what was your ultimate "one day if I'm rich I will..." fantasy? Did you fulfill it yet?
Jerry: First of all, I love being called Mr. Seinfeld. In fact, all my children call me that. It's funny that you should ask this, because this was something I loved to do as a kid with my friends was sit on my stoop and think "what would we do when we were rich" when we were kids in Long Island. And I remember thinking "The greatest thing you could do if you were rich would be to have a go-kart track."
I don't have one. I do have a long driveway in my house in Long Island, and sometimes I ride on it on a scooter. And that makes me feel like Richie Rich.
Jessica's Pepper Steak = Mmmmm
ExaminerKerry: Have you ever tried making one of the recipes out of any of your wife's cookbooks? (She's fabulous, I love her, etc.)
Jerry: I did make the pepper steak one time. And it was great.
Why He Kept It Clean All These Years
woefulwank: How come you decided upon clean humour and to never go blue?
Jerry: Well when I started out in comedy in the 70s, if you didn't do clean humor you weren't getting on TV, so I started doing that so I could be on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. And then when I saw what other people were doing, I just always wanted to be a little different.
He Bows Down to George Carlin
abscr: What comedian would you bring back from the dead to do one more show (of new material)?
Jerry: Wow. First of all let me say that I'm not that interested in new material. If I like somebody, I love hearing their great material, it doesn't have to be new. But obviously the answer is George Carlin.
The Finale Still Makes Him Happy
Seinfeld, He's JUST Like Us!
rednaxt: What does a typical day off from work consist of for you?
Jerry: It's usually, the kids and I will go get bagels and lox on a weekend. And then we'll come home and eat them.