Jerome Allen Seinfeld (/ˈsnfɛld/ SYNE-feld; born April 29, 1954) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. From 1989 to 1998, he played a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David. The show aired on NBC from 1989 until 1998, becoming one of the most acclaimed and popular sitcoms of all time. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes in observational comedy. In 2004, Comedy Central named him the 12th-greatest stand-up comedian of all time.[1]

Jerry Seinfeld
Seinfeld in 2016
Birth nameJerome Allen Seinfeld
Born (1954-04-29) April 29, 1954 (age 69)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materState University of New York at Oswego
Queens College, City University of New York (BA)
Years active1976–present
(m. 1999)

Seinfeld co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in the 2007 film Bee Movie, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. In 2010, he premiered a reality series called The Marriage Ref, which aired for two seasons on NBC. Seinfeld is the creator and host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012–2019). He is married to author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld, with whom he has three children. Seinfeld has received twenty Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work on Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee as well as four Grammy Award nominations for his comedy albums.

Early life and education edit

Seinfeld was born on April 29, 1954,[2] in Brooklyn, New York City.[3] His father, Kálmán Seinfeld,[4] a sign painter, was Jewish and collected jokes that he heard while serving in World War II.[3] His mother, Betty (née Hosni)[5][6] and her parents, Selim and Salha Hosni,[7] were Mizrahi Jews from Aleppo, Syria.[8] Their nationality was stated as Turkish when they immigrated in 1917, as Syria was under the Ottoman Empire.[9][10] Seinfeld has an older sister, Carolyn.[11] Salha's mother Garez Dayan, Seinfeld's great-grandmother, was a member of the Dayan rabbinic family, who claim ancestry back to the Medieval Exilarchs, and from the Exilarchs back to the Biblical King David.[12] Seinfeld's second cousin is musician and actor Evan Seinfeld.[13] Seinfeld grew up in Massapequa, New York, and attended Massapequa High School on Long Island.[14][15] At 16, he spent time volunteering in Kibbutz Sa'ar in Israel.[16] He attended the State University of New York at Oswego, and transferred after his second year to Queens College, City University of New York, from which he graduated in 1976 with a degree in communications and theater.[17][18]

Career edit

1976–1987: Rise to prominence edit

Seinfeld developed an interest in stand-up comedy after brief stints in college productions. He appeared on open-mic nights at Budd Friedman's Improv Club while attending Queens College.[19] After graduation in 1976, he tried out at an open-mic night at New York City's Catch a Rising Star, which led to an appearance in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special.[20] In 1980, he had a small recurring role on the sitcom Benson, playing Frankie, a mail-delivery boy who had comedy routines that no one wanted to hear. Seinfeld was abruptly fired from the show due to creative differences.[20] Seinfeld said that he was not told he had been fired until he arrived for a read-through session and found that there was no script for him.[21] In January 1981, he performed stand-up on An Evening at the Improv.[22] In May, Seinfeld made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, impressing Carson and the audience, leading to frequent appearances on that show and others, including Late Night with David Letterman.[20] On September 5, 1987, his first one-hour special Stand-Up Confidential aired live on HBO.[23]

1988–1998: Seinfeld and stardom edit

Seinfeld at the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1992

Seinfeld created The Seinfeld Chronicles with Larry David in 1988 for NBC. It was renamed Seinfeld to avoid confusion with the short-lived teen sitcom The Marshall Chronicles. By its third season, Seinfeld had become the most watched sitcom on American television. The final episode aired in 1998, and the show has been a popular syndicated re-run ever since. Along with Seinfeld, the show starred Saturday Night Live alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus and established actors Michael Richards and Jason Alexander. Alexander played George, a caricature of Larry David. Seinfeld is the only actor to appear in every episode.[24]

1998–2010: Established career edit

After he ended his sitcom, Seinfeld moved back to New York City and returned to stand-up comedy instead of staying in Los Angeles and furthering his acting career. In 1998, he went on tour and recorded a comedy special, titled I'm Telling You for the Last Time. The process of developing and performing new material at clubs around the world was chronicled in a 2002 documentary, Comedian, which also featured fellow comic Orny Adams and was directed by Christian Charles. Seinfeld has written several books, mostly archives of past routines. In the late 1990s, Apple Computer came up with the advertising slogan "Think different" and produced a 60-second commercial to promote the slogan. This commercial showed people who were able to "think differently," such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others. It was later cut short to 30 seconds and altered such that Seinfeld was included at the end, although he had not been in the original cut. This shorter version of the commercial aired only once, during the series finale of Seinfeld.[25]

Seinfeld at the 49th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1997

In 2004, Seinfeld appeared in two commercial webisodes promoting American Express, titled The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman.[26] In these, Seinfeld appeared with a cartoon rendering of Superman, to whom reference was made in numerous episodes of Seinfeld as Seinfeld's hero, voiced by Patrick Warburton (character David Puddy on Seinfeld). The webisodes were directed by Barry Levinson and aired briefly on television. Seinfeld and "Superman" were also interviewed by Matt Lauer in a specially recorded interview for the Today show. On November 18, 2004, Seinfeld appeared at the National Museum of American History to donate the "puffy shirt" he wore in the Seinfeld episode of the same name. He also gave a speech when presenting the "puffy shirt," saying humorously that "This is the most embarrassing moment of my life."[citation needed] On May 13, 2006, Seinfeld had a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live as host Julia Louis-Dreyfus' assassin. Louis-Dreyfus in her opening monologue mentioned the "Seinfeld curse." While talking about how ridiculous the "curse" was, a stage light suddenly fell next to her. The camera moved to a catwalk above the stage where Seinfeld was standing, holding a large pair of bolt cutters. He angrily muttered, "Damn it!" upset that it did not hit her. Louis-Dreyfus continued to say that she is indeed not cursed.

On February 25, 2007, Seinfeld appeared at the 79th Academy Awards as the presenter for "Best Documentary." Before announcing the nominations, he did a monologue about the unspoken agreement between movie theater owners and movie patrons.[27] On October 4, 2007, Seinfeld made a guest appearance as himself in the 30 Rock episode "SeinfeldVision."[28] On February 24, 2008, at the 80th Academy Awards, Seinfeld appeared as the voice of his Bee Movie animated character Barry, presenting Best Animated Short Film. Before announcing the nominees, he showed a montage of film clips featuring bees, saying that they were some of his early work (as Barry).

On June 2, 2008, amidst his spring 2008 tour, Seinfeld performed in his hometown of New York City for a one-night-only show at the Hammerstein Ballroom to benefit Stand Up for a Cure, a charity aiding lung cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In August 2008, the Associated Press reported that Jerry Seinfeld would be the pitchman for Windows Vista, as part of a $300-million advertising campaign by Microsoft. The ads, which were intended to create interest for Windows in support of the subsequent "I'm a PC" advertisements, began airing in mid-September 2008. They were cut from television after three installments; Microsoft opted to continue with the "I'm a PC" advertisements[29] and run the Seinfeld ads on the Microsoft website as a series of longer advertisements.[30] In March 2009, it was announced that Seinfeld and the entire cast of Seinfeld would be appearing for a reunion in Larry David's HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The fictional reunion took place in the seventh season's finale and starred most of the original cast, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, in a multiple-episode arc.[31] Seinfeld appeared on an episode of the Starz original series Head Case. As was the case in many of his previous guest appearances on sitcoms, he played himself.

In Australia, Seinfeld appeared on a series of advertisements for the Greater Building Society, a building society based in New South Wales and southeastern Queensland.[32] His appearance in these ads was highly publicized and considered a coup for the society, being the third time Seinfeld had appeared in a television commercial.[33] The advertisements were filmed in Cedarhurst, Long Island, with the street designed to emulate Beaumont Street in Hamilton, where the Greater's head offices are located.[34] Seinfeld also wrote the scripts for the 15 advertisements that were filmed. The ads largely aired in the Northern New South Wales television market, where the society has most of its branches. Seinfeld was the first guest on Jay Leno's talk show The Jay Leno Show, which premiered on September 14, 2009. Seinfeld was featured on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update sketch to do the "Really!?!" segment with Seth Meyers. He executive produced and regularly appeared as a panelist in The Marriage Ref. On August 30, 2010, Seinfeld made a surprise guest appearance on The Howard Stern Show, ending the feud the two had in the early 1990s.[citation needed]

Seinfeld toured the U.S. in 2011 and made his first stand-up appearance in the United Kingdom in 11 years. In July 2011, he was a surprise guest on The Daily Show, helping Jon Stewart to suppress his urge to tell "cheap" "Michele Bachmann's husband acts gay" jokes.[35] Seinfeld also launched a personal archives website at and appeared in the HBO special Talking Funny with fellow comedians Chris Rock, Louis C.K., and Ricky Gervais in the same year.[citation needed]

2011–present edit

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee edit

Seinfeld tapping on the Oval Office windows of the White House with President Barack Obama in 2015

In 2012, Seinfeld started a web series titled Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he would pick up a fellow comedian in a different car each episode and take them out for coffee and conversation. The show originally aired on the Crackle streaming service and then was bought by Netflix. The initial series consisted of ten episodes lasting from 7 to 25 minutes each. The show has continued to get high-profile guests such as Tina Fey, Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, David Letterman, Chris Rock, John Mulaney, Mel Brooks, Don Rickles, Ellen DeGeneres, Howard Stern, and Jerry Lewis.[36] The show has also hosted Seinfeld alums Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards. Season seven featured its most high-profile guest, then-President Barack Obama.[37] In a farewell tribute video for the Obamas before the President left office, Seinfeld stated, "That knocking on the Oval Office window. That probably was the peak of my entire existence."[38]

Seinfeld signed a deal with Netflix in January 2017 that included placing Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on their streaming service as well as two new Seinfeld stand-up specials and the development of scripted and non-scripted comedy programming.[39][40] As part of the deal, all episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee were made available on the streaming service, in addition to a new 24-episode season.[41]

Other ventures edit

It's very important to know what you don't like. A big part of innovation is saying, "You know what I'm really sick of?" For me, that was talk shows where music plays, somebody walks out to a desk, shakes hands with the host, and sits down. "How are you?" "You look great." I'm also sick of people who are really there to sell their show or product. "What am I really sick of?" is where innovation begins.

–Seinfeld, talking about his process of innovation.[42]

In June 2013, Seinfeld appeared on rapper Wale's album The Gifted, on the song "Outro About Nothing."[43] In 2013, Seinfeld was offered $110 million by television executive Warren Littlefield to make another season of Seinfeld. He turned it down because he felt the timing to continue was not right.[44] Seinfeld received coverage for his speech at the 2014 Clio Awards ceremony, where he received an honorary award, as media reporters said that he "mocked" and "ripped apart" the advertising industry; his statement that "I love advertising because I love lying" received particular attention.[45][46]

In 2014, Seinfeld hosted the special Don Rickles: One Night Only at the Apollo Theatre. The event celebrated Don Rickles and his career, but also served as a roast among friends. Those who participated in the event included Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Nathan Lane, Regis Philbin, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese.[47] On February 15, 2015, Seinfeld made a guest appearance on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, where he hosted the "Questions from the Audience" segment, which included cameos from Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Ellen Cleghorne, Dakota Johnson, Tim Meadows, Bob Odenkirk, and Sarah Palin (who Seinfeld initially mistook for Tina Fey).[48] On May 20, 2015, Seinfeld made a guest appearance on David Letterman's final Late Show episode. Seinfeld joined other friends of the show to pay tribute to Letterman. The other guests included Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray who all participated in The Top Ten List segment, "Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave."[49]

In January 2017, Seinfeld went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and joined Dave Chappelle and Jimmy Fallon in honoring outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama, and played a game of Catchphrase, which Obama and Fallon won to Seinfeld's dismay.[50] On September 19, 2017, Netflix released the stand-up comedy special Jerry Before Seinfeld. It follows Seinfeld as he returns for a stand-up routine at the New York City comedy club, Comic Strip Live, which started his career.[51] It is intercut with documentary clips and his stand-up special. It was later released as an LP, CD and download album, and was nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.[52]

In 2020, it was announced that Netflix would be releasing Seinfeld's first original stand-up special in 22 years, 23 Hours to Kill. The special premiered on May 5.[53] In October 2020, Seinfeld joined Steve Martin in a discussion about comedy at The New Yorker Festival. They discussed subjects ranging from the creative process, Netflix, and The Oscars, to their comedy backgrounds, and the future of comedy during the COVID-19 pandemic.[54]

Books edit

Seinfeld wrote the book SeinLanguage, released in 1993. Written as his television show was first rising in popularity, it is primarily an adaptation of his stand-up material. The title comes from an article in Entertainment Weekly listing the numerous catchphrases for which the show was responsible.[55] In 2002, he wrote the children's book Halloween. The book was illustrated by James Bennett.[56] Seinfeld wrote the forewords to Ted L. Nancy's Letters from a Nut series of books and Ed Broth's Stories from a Moron.[57] Seinfeld also wrote the foreword to the Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook. In October 2020, Seinfeld released his new book Is This Anything?. The book chronicles Seinfeld's 45 years working in comedy and contains many of his best bits that span from various decades.[58]

Influences edit

Seinfeld has stated, "On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Don Rickles."[59] Seinfeld has also cited as his influences Jean Shepherd,[60] Mad Magazine,[61] Jonathan Winters, Jerry Lewis, Robert Klein, and Abbott and Costello.[62][63] He stated, "Monty Python was a gigantic influence on me. They were just about silly, funny things that meant nothing, and that’s the stuff I love. There’s a wonderful childlike freedom in those kinds of things."[64]

In the Netflix comedy special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, he displayed his personal comedy albums collection from when he was a teenager.[65] These albums included:

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Seinfeld stated his five favorite films are The Heartbreak Kid (1972), The Graduate (1967), The In-Laws (1979), A Night at the Opera (1935), and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).[66]

Those influenced by Seinfeld include John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Ellen DeGeneres, and Issa Rae.[67][68][69][70][71]

Personal life edit

Seinfeld with members of Kibbutz Be'eri in the kibbutz dining room, December 19, 2023

Seinfeld is a fan of the New York Mets, and periodically calls Steve Somers' show on WFAN-AM, a sports talk radio station, as "Jerry from Queens."[72] Seinfeld called four innings of a Mets game on SportsNet New York on June 23, 2010, reuniting with analyst Keith Hernandez, who appeared in the Seinfeld two-part episode entitled "The Boyfriend."[73] According to Seinfeld, he thinks about baseball "all day" and has said "when I think of retirement, all I would think of is going to a baseball game every day."[74]

Seinfeld is left-handed and the first joke he ever wrote was about the topic.[75] In a 2014 interview with NBC News, he made statements suggesting that he believed he was on the autism spectrum.[76] However, following criticism for his alleged self-diagnosis, he later clarified that he is not autistic and had been commenting on a play about the condition that he "related to [...] on some level."[77][78]

Seinfeld has made several political contributions, including to George W. Bush's and Al Gore's presidential campaigns in 2000, and subsequently to four Democratic Party primary candidates in 2000 and 2004.[79]

Seinfeld expressed support for Israel during the Israel–Hamas war, saying "I will always stand with Israel and the Jewish people."[80] Seinfeld and his family traveled to Israel on December 18, 2023, and visited Be'eri where the Be'eri massacre by Hamas took place over two months prior on October 7. Seinfeld also visited the headquarters of Abducted and Missing Families Forum, wearing a support DogTag for the abductees around his neck. He met with representatives of the families and with abductees who returned from Hamas captivity, and listened to their stories.[81] In a previous visit to Israel he had taken part in an "anti-terrorism" tourist camp to simulate arresting Palestinians and visited an illegal settler camp.[1] [2]

Relationships and marriage edit

Years before Seinfeld was created, Seinfeld dated Carol Leifer.[82][83] She was a fellow comedian, and one of the inspirations for the Seinfeld character Elaine Benes.[84][85] On national television with sex therapist and talk show host Dr. Ruth Westheimer, he mentioned that he was engaged in 1984 but called it off.[86]

Seinfeld with Lonstein (left) at the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1995

In May 1993, days after his 39th birthday, Seinfeld met 17-year-old Shoshanna Lonstein in Central Park.[87] After a brief conversation, he got her phone number.[88] Lonstein was still a senior in high school and would turn 18 at the end of that month.[87] Seinfeld and Lonstein dated for approximately four years, until 1997.[87] She transferred from George Washington University to UCLA, in part to be with him, and cited missing New York City and constant press coverage as reasons for the relationship ending.[87]

The age difference led to intense media scrutiny. While Seinfeld was a guest on Howard Stern's talk show, Stern said, "so, you sit in Central Park and have a candy bar on a string and pull it when the girls come?" at which point Seinfeld replied, "she's not 17, definitely not."[89] A few months later, in his second Howard Stern interview, Seinfeld insisted, "I didn't realize she was so young. This is the only girl I ever went out with who was that young. I wasn't dating her. We just went to a restaurant, and that was it."[89] Early in their relationship, Spy Magazine referred to Lonstein as "a legal voter", mocking her young age.[90]

In an October 1993 Playboy interview, Seinfeld described the reactions to the relationship as ranging "from horrified to just busting buttons with pride that they know me", noting that his female acquaintances had overall reacted more negatively than his male ones. He said that his assistant "was so mad" she punched him, whereas his mother was "thrilled". He concluded, "if she's 18, if she's intelligent, that's fine".[91] In March 1994, Seinfeld again defended their age difference in an interview with People, stating that "Shoshanna is a person, not an age."[89] Julia Louis-Dreyfus said in a 1998 New York interview that she was in favor of the relationship, as "it was a happy one for him", and added that she did not believe there was anything wrong with it.[92]

Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld in 2010

In August 1998, while at a Reebok Sports Club, Seinfeld met Jessica Sklar, a public relations executive for Tommy Hilfiger who had just returned from a three-week honeymoon in Italy with then-husband Eric Nederlander, a theatrical producer and scion of a theater-owning family. Unaware of Sklar's marital status, Seinfeld invited her out. When Sklar eventually told Seinfeld about her relationship situation, she said, "I told him I didn't think this was the right time for me to be involved with anybody." Two months later, Sklar filed for divorce and continued dating Seinfeld. The pair married on December 25, 1999.[93][better source needed][94] Comedian George Wallace was the best man at the wedding.[95] After the nuptials, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld bought Billy Joel's house in Amagansett, Long Island, for US$32 million after news of the couple's interest in the property became public in 2000.[96][97] The Seinfelds have a daughter and two sons.[98]

Religion edit

Seinfeld is Jewish and has incorporated elements of his Jewish identity in his work.[99]

Although he shared that his mother was born into a large family of Syrian Orthodox Jews, he admitted to being non-religious himself.[100]

Seinfeld stated that he took a Scientology course when he was in his 20s; he said that he found it interesting but that he did not pursue it any further.[101]

Transcendental Meditation edit

In December 2012, Seinfeld said that he had been practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for 40 years. He promoted the use of the technique in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with Bob Roth of the David Lynch Foundation in December 2012 on Good Morning America,[102] and also appeared at a 2009 David Lynch Foundation benefit for TM, at which Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr appeared.[103] On November 5, 2015, the David Lynch Foundation organized a benefit concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall called "Change Begins Within" to promote transcendental meditation for stress control. "It's been the greatest companion technique of living that I've ever come across, and I'm thrilled to be part of this movement that seems to have really been reinvigorated by Bob [Roth] and David Lynch," Seinfeld said. "I would do anything that I could to promote it in the world, because I think it's the greatest thing as a life tool, as a work tool and just making things make sense."[104]

Charity edit

In 1999, Seinfeld auctioned a Breitling Chronomat watch as part of the "Famous Faces, Watch Auction For Charity" event in New York City. This watch sold for $11,000.[105]

In 2001, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld created the charitable organization The Good+Foundation after their first child was born. Good+Foundation grants donations of products and services to programs that have demonstrated a capacity to address family poverty in three focus areas: supporting new mothers, investing in early childhood, and engaging fathers. GOOD+ Foundation has donated over $42M worth of items through its partner network across the United States.[106]

Seinfeld has also participated in Jon Stewart's charity event, Night of Too Many Stars.[107]

Wealth edit

According to Forbes magazine, Seinfeld's cumulative earnings from Seinfeld as of 2004 was $267 million, placing him at the top of the celebrity earnings list that year.[108] He turned down $5 million per episode, for 22 episodes, to continue the show for a 10th season.[109] Seinfeld earned $100 million from syndication deals and stand-up performances in 2004, and $60 million in 2006.[110][111] He also earned $10 million for appearing with Bill Gates in Microsoft's 2008 advertisements for Windows.[112] Between June 2008 and June 2009, Seinfeld earned $85 million, making him the world's highest-paid comedian during those 12 months.[113] In 2013, Forbes documented Seinfeld's annual income as $32 million.[114] In mid-2013, Seinfeld disputed Forbes's claims regarding his income and net worth on The Howard Stern Show.[115] Seinfeld was ranked by Forbes the highest-paid comedian for 2015, the second-highest-paid in 2016, and the highest-paid again in 2017.[116][117] Seinfeld's income between June 2016 and June 2017 was $69 million.[116]

In 2024, Bloomberg declared Seinfeld a billionaire, with a net worth standing at more than $1 billion, thanks to various syndication deals his sitcom signed, with $465 million coming from those deals.[118]

Automobiles edit

Seinfeld's most common car acquisitions involve Porsches.

Seinfeld is an automobile enthusiast and collector, and he owns a collection of about 150 cars, including a large Porsche collection.[119] He rented a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California, for an extended period during the 1990s for storage of some of the vehicles in the collection.[120] In 2002, Seinfeld purchased property on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City where he built a $1.4 million two-story garage to store part of his Porsche collection on the East Coast.[121][122] One tally has Seinfeld owning 43 Porsches.[123] Paul Bannister has written that Seinfeld's collection includes Porsche 911s from various years, 10 Porsche Boxsters each painted a different color, and the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, the same model and pearl-grey color that actor James Dean had been driving before he crashed that car and subsequently died.[124]

The Discovery Channel television show Chasing Classic Cars claimed that Seinfeld owns the first and last produced air-cooled Porsche 911s. The centerpiece is a $700,000 Porsche 959, one of only 337 built. He was originally not allowed to drive it, because the car was "not street legal." U.S. emissions and crash tests had not been performed for the model because Porsche refused to donate four Porsche 959s for destruction tests. Seinfeld imported the car "for exhibition purposes," on the stipulation that it may never be driven on U.S. roads.[124] The car was made U.S. street legal in 1999 under the "Show or Display" federal law.[125][126] Seinfeld wrote an article for the February 2004 issue of Automobile, reviewing the Porsche Carrera GT.[127]

In 2008, Seinfeld was involved in a car accident when the brakes on his 1967 Fiat 500 failed and, to avoid an intersection, he pulled the emergency brake while turning sharply, ultimately causing the car to flip onto its side. No one was hurt.[128]

Espresso machines edit

A coffee and espresso machine aficionado, Seinfeld owns multiple espresso machines, including the $17,000 Elektra Belle Epoque[129] and two machines manufactured by Slayer and Breville.[130] Seinfeld described his single-group Slayer machine, which costs upwards of $8,500, as a "beautiful machine."[131] When NPR asked him about the influence of coffee culture in the U.S., Seinfeld responded in 2013:

I never liked [coffee] and I didn't understand it and I used to do a lot of stuff in my stand-up set in the '80s and '90s about how I don't 'get' coffee. And then something happened about five years ago. I started touring a lot, and we would have these great big, fun breakfasts in the hotel and [coffee] just seemed to go really well [with breakfast]. [Now], I've just started this espresso thing.[132]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Eddie Himself Cameo
Good Money
1999 Pros & Cons Prison Man #2
2002 Comedian Himself Documentary; executive producer
2005 The Thing About My Folks Cameo
2007 Bee Movie Barry B. Benson
Also co-writer and producer
Nominated – Producers Guild of America Award – Animated Film
Nominated – Kids Choice Award – Favorite Animated Voice
2013 Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story Himself Documentary
2014 Top Five Uncredited cameo
Tom's Restaurant – A Documentary About Everything Documentary
2016 Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg
Dying Laughing Documentary on stand-up
2017 If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast Theatrical and HBO documentary on Carl Reiner
2022 George Carlin's American Dream Documentary on George Carlin
2024 Unfrosted Bob Cabana Post-production, also director, writer and producer[133][134]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Benson Frankie 3 episodes
1981 An Evening at the Improv Himself Season 1, Episode 3[22]
1982 Square Pegs Bat Mitzvah Guest Episode: Muffy's Bat Mitzvah
An Evening at the Improv Himself Stand-Up Special
1984 The Ratings Game Network Rep Television film
1986 Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Bein' Me Himself Stand-Up Special. Released on DVD in 2006.
1987 Stand-Up Confidential Stand-Up Special. Released on VHS in 1993.
1989–1998 Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld 180 episodes;
also co-creator, writer and executive producer
1992 Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue Himself Television film
1992 & 1999 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
1993 Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher Panel Guest First Episode
Love & War Jerry Seinfeld Episode: Let's Not Call it Love
1993 & 1998 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1994 Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld Host TV special; released on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray
1997 NewsRadio Himself Episode: "The Real Deal"
1998 I'm Telling You for the Last Time Comedy Special
Mad About You Uncredited; Episode: "Season Opener"
1999 Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm Television special
2000 Dilbert Comp-U-Comp Voice; Episode: "The Return"
2004, 2009, 2024 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself 7 episodes
2007 30 Rock Episode: "SeinfeldVision"
2010–2011 The Marriage Ref 9 episodes; also creator and executive producer
2011 Talking Funny Television special, HBO
2012–2014 Louie 2 episodes
2012–2019 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself (Host) 72 episodes;
also creator and executive producer
2014 Don Rickles: One Night Only Television special
2015 Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special Himself
Inside Amy Schumer Episode: "80s Ladies"
2016 The Jim Gaffigan Show Episode: "The Calling"
Maya & Marty Episode #1.5
2017 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Freak Masterstroke Episode: "Starcrash"
Jerry Before Seinfeld Himself Comedy Special/Documentary, Netflix
2018 My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Himself (host) Episode: "You're David Letterman, You Idiot"
2019 Huge in France Himself Episode: Épisode Quatre
2020 23 Hours to Kill Comedy Special, Netflix

Music videos edit

Year Title Artist
2019 "Sunflower" Vampire Weekend

Stand-up specials edit

Year Title Studio Format
2001 Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians Madacy Entertainment VHS/DVD
2003 Best of The Improv, Vol. 4 Koch Vision DVD
2007 Comedy Club Greats Lionsgate
2010 Lafflink Presents: The Platinum Comedy Series Vol. 1: Jerry Seinfeld Lafflink DVD/streaming
2014 Classic Comedy from An Evening at the Improv Somerville House
2015 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson:
Featuring Jerry Seinfeld
("Featured Guest Series: Volume 5")
Carson Entertainment


Video games edit

Year Title Role Publisher
2007 Bee Movie Game Barry B. Benson (voice) Activision

Discography edit

Year Title Formats Studio
1987 Stand-Up Confidential VHS (1993) HBO
1998–1999 I'm Telling You for the Last Time CD/Cassette/Download
2017 Jerry Before Seinfeld LP/Streaming Netflix
2020 23 Hours to Kill

Directing edit

Year Title Studio
2011 Colin Quinn: Long Story Short HBO
2016 Colin Quinn: The New York Story Netflix

Written works edit

Writing credits for Seinfeld

The list below only includes episodes mainly written by Seinfeld, as he (and Larry David in Seasons 1 through 7) rewrote the drafts for each episode.

Season Episode Notes
Season 1 The Seinfeld Chronicles with Larry David
Male Unbonding with Larry David
The Stake Out with Larry David
The Stock Tip with Larry David
Season 2 The Ex-Girlfriend with Larry David
The Pony Remark with Larry David
The Busboy with Larry David
The Jacket with Larry David
The Chinese Restaurant with Larry David
The Phone Message with Larry David
Season 3 The Stranded with Larry David and Matt Goldman
Season 4 The Shoes with Larry David
Season 5 The Sniffing Accountant with Larry David
The Raincoats with Larry David, Tom Gammill, and Max Pross
The Opposite with Larry David and Andy Cowan
Season 6 The Kiss Hello with Larry David
Season 7 The Cadillac with Larry David

Awards and nominations edit

Primetime Emmy Awards edit

Year Category Project Episode Result Ref.
1991 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Seinfeld "The Pony Remark" Nominated [136]
1992 Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "The Boyfriend"
1993 Outstanding Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "The Opera" Nominated
1994 Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "The Puffy Shirt"
1995 Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "The Diplomat's Club"
1996 Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series "The Gum"
1997 Outstanding Comedy Series
1998 Outstanding Comedy Series
1999 Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special I'm Telling You for the Last Time
2013 Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2014 Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program
2016 Outstanding Variety Talk Series
2019 Outstanding Informational Series

Grammy Awards edit

Year Award Performance Result Ref.
1999 Best Comedy Album I'm Telling You for the Last Time Nominated [137]
2003 Spoken Word Album for Children Halloween [137]
2018 Best Comedy Album Jerry Before Seinfeld [137]
2021 23 Hours to Kill [137]

Golden Globe Awards edit

Year Award Performance Result Ref.
1994 Best Comedy Actor – TV Seinfeld Won [138]
1995 Nominated [138]
1996 [138]
1998 [138]

Screen Actors Guild Award edit

Year Award Performance Result Ref.
1994 Ensemble in a Comedy Series Seinfeld Won [138]
1995 Nominated [138]
1996 Won [138]
1997 [138]

Other awards edit

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