“Seinfeld” was about four incredibly self-centered New Yorkers. Yet, it also had a huge ensemble of rotating guest stars, many of who went go on to achieve huge fame on their own.
A Seinfeld installation, now on display for a limited time in New York to celebrate the arrival of “Seinfeld” on Hulu, found a way to capture the epic scope of actors who took part in nine seasons of the series.
During the wrap party that took place after the show’s final episode was taped, the cast and crew were encouraged to sign a giant wall-sized board.
Look closely and you might recognise a few of the names.
The message “No soup for you!” is probably familiar, but the name might not be. That is Larry Thomas, the actor who played the Soup Nazi, a role which would define his entire career.
Here is another one from Jerry Stiller, the father of Ben Stiller, who played the volatile Frank Costanza, who most notably invented Festivus.
His message reads, “to the greatest since The Brothers Marx – Love Jerry Stiller.” This is a bold, yet fair, comparison, especially coming from a comedy legend like Jerry Stiller.
One that really pops out is from Bryan Cranston.
Today, Cranston is an Emmy-winning actor known for his legendary turn as Walter White in “Breaking Bad.” But before that, and “Malcolm in the Middle,” Cranston popped up from time to time as Jerry’s dentist, Dr. Tim Whatley.
He showed up to the wrap party and left a message referencing the great character he got to play.
The red ink is a little hard to read, but the message says, “Guys, Don’t forget to floss. All the best, Bryan Cranston (Tim Whatley DD) THE RE-GIFTER.”
That last line refers to the episode “The Label Maker,” in which Tim Whatley is referred to as a “re-gifter,” or a person who gets a gift they don’t like, so they give it to somebody else as a gift. It is one of the many phrases that “Seinfeld” invented.
According to a Hulu representative, Jerry Seinfeld had this in storage for many years, but now you can see it in person, along with many other artifacts from the show.
The “Hulu Presents: Seinfeld Apartment Fan Experience” can be seen at 451 W 14th Street in Manhattan from June 24 through June 28.
Every episode of “Seinfeld” will begin streaming on Hulu Wednesday, June 24.
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