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Monday
Dec102012

New Twitter Account Takes On ‘Modern’ Seinfeld

Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- The world has changed significantly since Seinfeld went off the air 14 years ago. But thanks to a new Twitter account, @SeinfeldToday, we’re getting a taste of what traumas Jerry Seinfeld and the gang might wrestle with today.

Barely 24 hours old, @SeinfeldToday already had more than 60,000 followers, and it’s racking up retweets with such potential plot points as “Elaine has a bad waiter at a nice restaurant. Her negative Yelp review goes viral, she gets banned. Kramer accidentally joins the Tea Party.”

The man behind the account, comedian Jack Moore, the editor of BuzzFeed Sports, said he’s surprised but thrilled by the reaction.

“I was online last night and saw some tweets from a friend that asked the question, what if Seinfeld was still on the air?” said Moore.

A Seinfeld addict, Moore said he immediately created the account and started tweeting. The Twitter page gives credit to his friend and fellow comedian Josh Gondelman, who sent out the first tweets Sunday evening.

Moore claims he’s seen every episode of Seinfeld five times.

Many of @SeinfeldToday’s tweets focus on the Internet and technology. It’s not difficult to imagine the problems Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer would have with Wi-Fi, social media and autocorrect -- all of which were in their infancy when Seinfeld went off the air.

@SeinfeldToday: “Elaine pretends to live in Brooklyn to date a cute, younger guy. Kramer becomes addicted to 5 Hour Energy. George’s parents get Skype.”

The growth of the account has been fueled by what Moore calls "an infinite number of plots.” The account has been updated dozens of times since the launch, and although Moore says he’s sticking with Twitter for now, he believes there could be opportunities to expand the concept.

“So much of comedy these days depends on the Internet, and I think Jerry Seinfeld (the character) would have a difficult time building an audience online,” said Moore.”And his struggles would form some very funny plot lines, in addition to his reactions to all the material he’d find on the Internet.”

Thanks to syndication and the show’s cult following, Seinfeld is still one of TV’s most-talked-about shows. It will forever be known as the “show about nothing,” but imagining those quirky characters in today’s world would give them a lot to talk about.

Judging from the rapid growth of @SeinfeldToday, they would probably have an audience to share it with too.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr192012

'Soup Nazi' Finally Tells George, 'Soup for You!'

Todd Williamson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jason Alexander, the actor who played George Costanza on Seinfeld, is reportedly teaming up with Al Yeganeh, the stern restauranteur who was the inspiration for the sitcom's "Soup Nazi" character.

The actor will reportedly star in ads for the soup-slinger's Original Soup Man chain and for branded soups sold in stores, according to the New York Post.  Sports heroes Shaquille O'Neal and Reggie Jackson will also act as "champions" of Yeganeh's growing line.

Yegeneh's original New York City soup store inspired the Soup Nazi character who was portrayed in the Seinfeld episode by actor Larry Thomas.  He played the character again on the show's finale, and in a recent Super Bowl ad with Jerry Seinfeld himself.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Feb222012

'Seinfeld' Star Daniel von Bargen Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

Zuma(MONTGOMERY, Ohio) -- Daniel von Bargen, perhaps best known as Mr. Kruger on Seinfeld, was hospitalized this week after shooting himself in the head in a botched suicide attempt.

The Montgomery, Ohio, resident shot himself in the temple with a Colt .38 gun on Monday. He called Hamilton County 911 after his attempt failed.

According to the call, Von Bargen shot himself to avoid going to the hospital. After the dispatcher asked if the shooting was accidental, von Bargen responded, "No, I was supposed to go to the hospital today, didn’t want to … well, I shot myself.” Von Bargen is a diabetic and was supposed to have two of his toes amputated that day.

The harrowing call was caught on tape. Hear the call:

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One can hear Von Bargen painfully describing what happened to the dispatcher.

“Yes, I shot myself in the head and, uhh, I need help,” he said.

Unable to open his eyes or move to open his door, he was able to stay on the phone until police and fire officials arrived at his home five minutes after he called 911. Apparently worried that Von Bargen may have other weapons around, police can be heard yelling at Von Bargen to stay still and keep his hands where they could see them.

According to Montgomery Police Srgt. Greg Vondenbenken, Von Bargen was “seriously injured.” They took him to Bethesda North Hospital, where Vondenbenken says that his condition is improving.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May092011

Jerry Seinfeld Doesn't Watch 'Seinfeld'

Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld doesn't watch Seinfeld -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

The comic tells PopEater.com he doesn't catch episodes of the legendary sitcom, saying "I don't really, in fact, I don't at all.  I think because as much as I enjoy the humor of it, it kind of reminds me of how hard it was to do."  He added, "I can't seem to get that part out of my head and just enjoy the show, but I'm working on it because I would like to watch them more.  When I watch them, I see my face and I see how I was struggling."

Seinfeld is keeping busy these days with the launch of JerrySeinfeld.com, a new website where he says he'll post three clips of his standup over the years each day.  Seinfeld has no ads on the site because he wants people to appreciate the art of standup comedy, calling it "a valentine to this profession."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb172011

'Seinfeld' Actor Len 'Uncle Leo' Lesser, Dead at 88

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Len Lesser, known to Seinfeld fans for his portrayal of Uncle Leo in the 1990s sitcom, has died. Lesser passed away Wednesday in Burbank, California from cancer-related pneumonia, according to his family. He was 88 years old.

Lesser played Jerry Seinfeld's uncle, Leo, on over a dozen episodes of Seinfeld, frequently greeting Seinfeld with his trademark "Jerry! Hellooooooooo!" Lesser also had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond, playing Garvin, a friend of Peter Boyle's Frank.

Lesser's lengthy list of TV credits also included appearances on Get Smart, The Monkees, Bonanza, Kojak, ER, and, most recently, Castle. In addition, he appeared in the classic films Birdman of Alcatraz, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Kelly's Heroes.

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