January 19, 2014

"Jerry Seinfeld here. I will give you an answer."

Q: Where did the idea of, in Seinfeld, your character being a comedian for a profession, but be the straight man for your friends, come from? I always thought that juxtapositioning for the show was genius.

Seinfeld: Very good observation and analysis on your part, Baxter.

You are truly exhibiting a good comedic eye. The reason I would play straight was it was funnier for the scene. And very few people have ever remarked on this, because it was a conscious choice of mine, only because I knew it would make the show better, and I didn't care who was funny as long as somebody was funny and that the show was funny. So you have hit upon one of the great secret weapons of the Seinfeld series, was that I had no issue with that. Reditt's IAmA feature

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 19, 2014 12:36 PM
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You might also look on YouTube and Crackle for a series with Jerry Seinfeld called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." It's Jerry and another comedian driving in an unusual car and getting coffee and chatting.

Posted by: Scott M at January 19, 2014 4:40 PM