Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-06-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781476756110

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"An uproarious behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the hit television series describes how comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld dreamed up the idea for an unconventional sitcom over coffee and how, despite network skepticism and minimal plotlines, achieved mainstream success, "--NoveList.

Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-07-05
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781476756127

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The New York Times bestseller about two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—“A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better understanding of how television series are made” (Booklist, starred review). Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. But against all odds, viewers did watch—first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. Fussy Jerry, neurotic George, eccentric Kramer, and imperious Elaine—people embraced them with love. Seinfeldia, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s intimate history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be. Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers into the writers’ room and into a world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant. Seinfeld created a strange new reality, one where years after the show had ended the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!”, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, and Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sites from the show. Seinfeldia is an outrageous cultural history. Dwight Garner of The New York Times Book Review wrote: “Armstrong has an eye for detail….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.”

SeinLanguage

SeinLanguage
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2008
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 0553385739

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Seinfeld. For more than 33 million viewers, the Emmy Award-winning television show has become a Thursday night ritual. Even though the show has ended, Jerry Seinfeld's distinct brand of humor can still be yours. In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, SeinLanguage, Jerry Seinfeld has captured on the page his views on topics ranging from Raisinettes to relationships, from childhood to cop shows, and from parents to power suits. This must-have book for all fans—and who isn't a fan?—remains available in both paperback and hardcover. From the Paperback edition.

Yada Yada Yada

Yada Yada Yada
Author: Daniel Jeffers
Publsiher: Rizzoli Publications
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2019-05-14
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 9781925418941

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Everything you need to know about the irritating minutiae of daily existence, according to the (total lack of) wisdom of Seinfeld's Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. Seinfeld is a television phenomenon. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made. This provides you with the desperate ineptitude of Jerry, Elaine, George & Kramer. Find out which of these schmucks is your true spirit animal with the Which Seinfeld Character Are you? quiz; act on your girlfriend's virtually imperceptible character flaws with Jerry's guide to Break-Ups; turn to Fred and Estelle for advice on making a marriage work; look to George for tips on Alienating the World and dive deep into the show's classic 90's New York Fashion styles. Full of advice you shouldn't take, fashion tips, trivia and hilarious quotes direct from Jerry's apartment, this guide is here to help you discover the secrets to mastering your domain and never having to learn from your mistakes.

Seinfeld and Philosophy

Seinfeld and Philosophy
Author: William Irwin
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2010-08
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781459601161

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How is Jerry like Socrates? Is it rational for George to ''do the opposite? '' Would Simone de Beauvoir say that Elaine is a feminist? Is Kramer stuck in Kierkegaard's aesthetic stage? Seinfeld and Philosophy is both an enlightening look at the most popular sitcom of the decade and an entertaining introduction to philosophy via Seinfeld's plots and characters. These fourteen essays, which explore the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Lao-Tzu, Heidegger, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Wittgenstein, will show readers how to be masters of their philosophical domain.

Pretty Pretty Pretty Good

Pretty  Pretty  Pretty Good
Author: Josh Levine
Publsiher: ECW Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2010-12-15
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781554906970

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Larry David, the man behind two of the most successful and critically acclaimed sitcoms in television history, is the focus of this biography. This unofficial guide follows the career that has accorded him status as a comic genius and garnered a fanatical following—from his early exploits as a stand-up comic to his role as producer and cocreator of Seinfeld and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. It explores the back-story of the conception and development of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a mostly improvised sitcom in which the actor stars as a fictionalized version of himself. The comic’s on- and off-screen relationships with colleagues and friends such as Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Mary Steenburgen, and the cast members of Seinfeld are discussed, and a detailed episode guide to every season of Curb Your Enthusiasm completes this informative and entertaining glimpse into the life and creative process of a great comic talent.

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2013-10-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781451659221

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The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic television series offers insight into how the influential show reflected changing American perspectives and was a first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers. TV tie-in.

The Little Book of Seinfeld

The Little Book of Seinfeld
Author: Hippo! Orange
Publsiher: Little Books
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2020-10
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 1911610597

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The show that made the ordinary extraordinary. 22 years on from the show's divisive final episode, Seinfeld remains Master of its Domain thanks to its sharp dialogue, unforgettable characters and dedication to unpacking society's smallest details. Not since William Shakespeare has popular culture had such an impact on the English language, and collected here is the show's best advice, quotes, facts and yada, yada, yada. It's the complete guide to the world as told by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. 'You know you could let the house go. You could let yourself go. A good-looking blind woman doesn't even know you're not good enough for her.' George on why he'd prefer to date a blind woman over a deaf woman. From QuoteCatalog.com - Seinfeld, Season 7, 'The Wink'. 'Lawrence Tierney scared the living crap out of all of us.' Jason Alexander (George) on why Elaine's father only appears in one episode. From ranker.com - Dramatic Stories From Behind The Scenes Of 'Seinfeld'. 'People don't turn down money! It's what separates us from the animals.' One of the few times when on-screen Jerry differed from his off-screen counterpart - Jerry Seinfeld turned down $10 million per episode to bring Seinfeldback for a tenth season.

When Women Invented Television

When Women Invented Television
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-03-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780062973337

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New and Noteworthy —New York Times Book Review Must-Read Book of March —Entertainment Weekly Best Books of March —HelloGiggles “Leaps at the throat of television history and takes down the patriarchy with its fervent, inspired prose. When Women Invented Television offers proof that what we watch is a reflection of who we are as a people.” —Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia Jennifer Keishin Armstrong tells the little-known story of four trailblazing women in the early days of television who laid the foundation of the industry we know today. It was the Golden Age of Radio and powerful men were making millions in advertising dollars reaching thousands of listeners every day. When television arrived, few radio moguls were interested in the upstart industry and its tiny production budgets, and expensive television sets were out of reach for most families. But four women—each an independent visionary— saw an opportunity and carved their own paths, and in so doing invented the way we watch tv today. Irna Phillips turned real-life tragedy into daytime serials featuring female dominated casts. Gertrude Berg turned her radio show into a Jewish family comedy that spawned a play, a musical, an advice column, a line of house dresses, and other products. Hazel Scott, already a renowned musician, was the first African American to host a national evening variety program. Betty White became a daytime talk show fan favorite and one of the first women to produce, write, and star in her own show. Together, their stories chronicle a forgotten chapter in the history of television and popular culture. But as the medium became more popular—and lucrative—in the wake of World War II, the House Un-American Activities Committee arose to threaten entertainers, blacklisting many as communist sympathizers. As politics, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, and money collided, the women who invented television found themselves fighting from the margins, as men took control. But these women were true survivors who never gave up—and thus their legacies remain with us in our television-dominated era. It's time we reclaimed their forgotten histories and the work they did to pioneer the medium that now rules our lives. This amazing and heartbreaking history, illustrated with photos, tells it all for the first time.

Sex and the City and Us

Sex and the City and Us
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Publsiher: Simon & Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-05-07
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781501164835

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The bestselling author of Seinfeldia offers a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, in a “bubbly, yet fierce cultural dissection of the groundbreaking show” (Chicago Tribune). This is the story of how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. They endured shock, slut-shaming, and a slew of nasty reviews on their way to eventual—if still often begrudging—respect. The show wasn’t perfect, but it revolutionized television for women. When Candace Bushnell began writing for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord. Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star brought her vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for HBO. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha launched a barrage of trends, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women’s relationship to sex and elevated the perception of singlehood. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, “Jennifer Keishin Armstrong brings readers inside the writers’ room and into the scribes’ lives…The writing is fizzy and funny, but she still manages an in-depth look at a show that’s been analyzed for decades, giving readers a retrospective as enjoyable as a $20 pink cocktail” (The Washington Post). Sex and the City and Us is both a critical and nostalgic behind-the-scenes look at a television series that changed the way women see themselves.

Is This Anything

Is This Anything
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2020-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781982112745

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The first book in twenty-five years from “one of our great comic minds” (The Washington Post) features Seinfeld’s best work across five decades in comedy. Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld writes. “So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.” For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In this “trove of laugh-out-loud one-liners” (Associated Press), you will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

Why Because We Still Like You

Why  Because We Still Like You
Author: Jennifer Armstrong
Publsiher: Hachette+ORM
Total Pages: 237
Release: 2010-10-29
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780446574341

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From the New York Times–bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a behind-the-scenes history of Walt Disney’s classic television show. Full of nostalgia, this book gives you the never before told story of how The Mickey Mouse Club paved the way for all that came after, from its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, through its short but mesmerizing run, to the numerous resurrections that made it one of television’s first true cult hits—all through the recollections of those regular kids-turned-stars who made it a phenomenon. It will reveal, for the first time ever, the stories of Annette, Darlene (and her famous rivalry with Annette), Cubby and Karen, Bobby and the rest of the beloved cast. It will explore, through the reminiscences of former fans who grew up to be some of television’s finest minds, what made the show so special. Finally, it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever, and whether we’ll ever see yet another Club for a new generation. Take a trip down memory lane with the original Mickey Mouse Club cast and creators, through drama and unexpected fame, to see how a television institution came into being. “Armstrong tracks down most of the original Mouseketeers, and some also-rans, who share with us a behind-the-scenes look as to what it was really like to go from ordinary to idolized in a matter of weeks.” —The Florida Times-Union “[An] oral history of the TV show that helped shape the Baby Boomers . . . a captivating cautionary tale.” —Booklist

The Seinfeld Scripts

The Seinfeld Scripts
Author: Jerry Seinfeld,Larry David
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 544
Release: 1998-04-30
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 9780060953034

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Jerry. George. Elaine. Kramer. We've followed their misadventures for nearly ten years on Thursday nights. Here, finally, are the scripts of the first two seasons that will take you back to the beginning of Seinfeld. Featuring the first 17 episodes ever aired, The Seinfeld Scripts contains all the great lines that have kept us laughing for years: the pilot episode, "The Seinfeld Chronicles," where it all began; George introduces his importer/exporter altar ego Art Vanderlay in "The Stakeout"; Kramer becomes obsessed with cantaloupe in "The Ex-Girlfriend"; Jerry and George meet Elaine's dad in "The Jacket"; is Jerry responsible for a poor Polish woman's death when he makes "The Pony Remark"?; Jerry and Elaine decide to become intimate again in "The Deal"; what will George do when he is banned from the executive bathroom in "The Revenge"?; and Jerry, George, and Elaine wait for a table in "The Chinese Restaurant." It's all here: the award-winning writing of Seinfeld, "the defining sitcom of our age". Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Elaine: My roommate has Lyme disease. Jerry: Lyme disease? I thought she had Epstein-Barr syndrome? Elaine: She has this in addition to Epstein-Barr. It's like Epstein-Barr with a twist of Lyme disease. George: She calls me up at my office she says, "We have to talk." Jerry: The four worst words in the English language. Kramer: What a body. Yeeaaah...that's for me. Jerry: Yeah and you're just what she's looking for, too--a stranger, leering through a pair of binoculars ten floors up.

As If

As If
Author: Jen Chaney
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-07-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781476799094

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Will we ever get tired of Clueless? Ugh, as if! Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the classic film’s release in the first book of its kind, weaving together original interviews with writer and director Amy Heckerling; key cast members, including Alicia Silverstone (Cher), Paul Rudd (Josh), Stacey Dash (Dionne), Donald Faison (Murray), Elisa Donovan (Amber), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall), Twink Caplan (Ms. Geist and associate producer); and other crucial Clueless players like costume designer Mona May, casting director Marcia Ross, director of photography Bill Pope, former Paramount chairwoman Sherry Lansing, and many more. Cast and crew also pay heartfelt tribute to the late Brittany Murphy, who lit up the screen as Cher’s protégée, Tai. Chaney explores the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma as the unlikely framework for Heckerling’s script, the rigorous casting process (including the future stars who didn’t make the cut), the functional yet fashion-forward wardrobe, the unique slang that drew from the past and coined new phrases for the future, the sun-drenched soundtrack that set the tone, and—above all—the massive amount of work, creativity, and craft that went into making Clueless look so effortlessly bright and glossy. As If! illuminates why plaid skirts and knee socks will never go out of style, and why Clueless remains one of the most beloved comedies of all time.

Hitchhiking with Larry David

Hitchhiking with Larry David
Author: Paul Samuel Dolman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-05-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781101621738

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A memoir about a brokenhearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking around Martha’s Vineyard One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor not only gave Dolman a ride but helped him find his way. Dolman found himself on Martha’s Vineyard that summer in the wake of a painful breakup. Desperately seeking companionship, he began hitchhiking around the island and met a wide array of characters: the rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David. Written with disarming honest humor, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.