Jerry Seinfeld's Reddit AMA was one of the more interesting reads on the Internet today, and for a few reasons: One, he's got a pretty badass sneaker collection, and has no problem talking all about it. Two, he's a comedic genius and a lovely fellow to have a chat with. And three, he revealed the following tidbit of amazing news concerning himself and Larry David:
[Larry David and I] 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.
New Seinfeld/Larry David project! Sure, he doesn't reveal much about it—as in, anything at all—but still, exciting prospect!
Seinfeld also revealed some great behind-the-scenes trivia about Seinfeld, like this gem:
There was one episode where Jerry bought a handgun. And we started making it and stopped in the middle and said "this doesn't work." We did the read-through and then cancelled it. A lot of other stuff happened, but trying to make that funny ended up being no fun.
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.
What was his favorite episode of Seinfeld to shoot?
Well, I'll give you two. One was the The Rye, because we got to shoot that at Paramount Studios in LA which was the first time that we thought "wow this is almost like a real TV show." We hadn't felt like a real TV show, the early years of the TV show were not successful. We had this idea of a Marble Rye and we had to shoot it in an outdoor set, and this was a very expensive thing to do, it's like a movie place there at Paramount in LA. Their standing set for New York looks exactly like it, and we thought "this is where the ADULT shows are, the REAL shows like Murphy Brown." We felt like we were a weird little orphan show. So that was a big deal for us. And that was very exciting, we were up all night shooting it on the set of paramount and it was very exciting.
The other one that was really fun was in the episode The Pothole, Newman drives his mailtruck over a sewing machine and his mail truck burst into flames. It was really fun to shoot, and it was fun to set Newman on fire. And he screamed "oh the humanity" like from the Hindenberg disaster. It's one of my favorites.
That one time his friend found a bomb on an airplane and saved everyone's life:
The weirdest thing I ever saw on a plane... well, I don't know the answer to your question, but I will tell you a true plane story that I know. And it's true, and you're not going to believe this.
I had a friend who worked as a flight attendant in the 1980s. And she was working on the plane, and she saw this weird guy go into the bathroom, close the door and come out a few minutes later. And she got this really weird feeling, and she went into the bathroom and started digging through the garbage in the bathroom. And it was full of garbage, and she pulled out everything in the garbage. And this is a crazy story, right? because the plane hasn't even taken off yet.
She gets to the bottom of the garbage, and there's a bomb. She finds a bomb. The guy had planted a bomb, and what it was exactly, we may never know. But she walked slowly up to the cockpit, she tells the pilot "I found something on the plane" and of course they call the marshals, they grab the guy, this is probably 1982 this happened. And that's really the whole story, but I thought it was one of the most amazing things, that she got that weird feeling and acted on it. Something weird's going on, and then emptying out the garbage - it wasn't part of her job, but that's the craziest story I've ever heard about the plane.
How he started his white sneaker collection:
It started with wanting to be Joe Namath of the 1969 New York jets, who at that time was one of the only football players to wear white shoes. And I wanted to be like him, so I always wore white sneakers. Also, Bill Cosby on I SPY always wore white sneakers. And they were my fashion icons.
The deal with airline food is they, everything is miniaturized, as if we're in Gulliver's Travels. I used to do a bit about the tiny airline world, about how everything is miniaturized, there's always a short delay, a little problem, we're going to be a tiny bit late.
Read the full Reddit AMA over at this link.