Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin ArmstrongThe hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched.
Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly.
In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!”, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry’s famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.
Seinfeld: The Show About Nothing
There is no one alive who is Youer than You. His self-deprecating humor, his stand-up routine, his revered and wildly successful eponymous sitcom. The story of a fastidious New York comedian shooting the breeze with his friends — wacky Kramer, neurotic George and know-it-all Elaine, evolved into a cultural touchstone as it dealt with the details and dramas of their everyday lives.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
Perhaps the highest praise I can give Seinfeldia is that it made me want to buy a loaf of marbled rye and start watching again, from the beginning. Her stories about " Seinfeld " are real -- and they're spectacular. I can attest from firsthand knowledge that Seinfeldia is not only a great read but an accurate historical description about two comedians and one TV show that changed the course of television history. A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better of understanding of how television series are made. Armstrong adroitly recounts the back story of these still-captivating shows that were never, ever about nothing. Seinfeldia is as funny and interesting as a good episode of the show it covers.