Jerry Seinfeld says he didn’t really enjoy the writing process on ‘Seinfeld’
By the time Seinfeld reached its final season, it had given Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards unimaginable wealth and popularity. It was so successful that NBC was willing to give it a tenth season, that could have earned Jerry Seinfeld an extra $110 million! However, money wasn’t everything for Jerry. The comedian recently admitted that he didn’t really enjoy working on the show a lot. In fact, he described the writing process on Seinfeld to be “dreary”.
Even though Seinfeld was unbelievably successful, writing it wasn’t for Jerry Seinfeld. The comedian admitted in his upcoming book, “Is This Anything?“, that there was one aspect of the writing he did not enjoy. And that was story-telling. Jerry was great at writing dialogue and developing characters. And it’s evident by how well written Elaine, Kramer, and George Costanza were. However, he found the story-telling bit about the writing to be really “dreary”. And as the show went on, it became harder and harder as the story part of the writing process became all the more difficult.
Jerry Seinfeld was surprised how some episodes stayed so popular over time
Other than this revelation, over the years Jerry Seinfeld has also shown a lot of surprise on the staying power of Seinfeld. Fans have done multiple rewatches of the show and will continue to do so for many years to come. However, what really surprises Jerry is how some episodes, like Festivus, got so popular. He told USA Today:
I think the biggest surprise to all of us was the staying power of Festivus. I think that completely surprised us. When I bump into any of the other writers, we’re all shocked by that.
Despite having such a strong pull, Jerry Seinfeld and the rest of the cast is in no mood to reboot the series. That squashes any hope of fresh new episodes of Seinfeld returning on our screens. However, Jerry is not against the idea of a reunion, as he told USA Today in the same interview. On the other hand, Jason Alexander is actually fine with a reboot but doesn’t see it as a possibility. He told ABC Radio:
It’s not because we wouldn’t be interested. But if I know Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David as well as I do, they tend to like to set a trend, not follow one.
The book hit the shelves on October 6th and will be a collection of bits, jokes, and stories that span Jerry Seinfeld’s 45-year long career. It will surely give a lot of insight into our favorite sitcom from the 90s.