“The Contest,” a delightfully restrained Seinfeld episode about abstaining from self pleasure, aired fairly early in the show’s run and helped push the show to new stratospheric heights. It was one of the show’s only award winners, and barely made it past the network’s censors on the strength of its brilliant concept, writing, and execution. Larry David admits in this oral history that he expected far stiffer (ahem) opposition and was ready to quit over any attempt at censorship. Click below to read more about an episode still quoted today.
The Oral History of Seinfeld’s ‘The Contest’
On the eve of Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s return The Hollywood Reporter provides some choice excerpts of an oral history podcast about the show. The unique sitcom’s unabashedly honest approach makes for an interesting dynamic amongst the cast. Shrinking violets need not apply. The quotes chosen for the piece are almost universally funny and are absolutely worth your time.
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ The Early Years: Crazy Auditions and the Art of the Cringe
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David are huge baseball fans and it certainly showed through on their show. There was the “second spitter” spoof of the Kennedy assassination, George’s tumultuous career as the assistant to the traveling secretary of the Yankees, Kramer promising a dying child that Paul O’Neill would hit two home runs for him, and more! Complex compiles great anecdotes from the Seinfeld gang as well as a number of their baseball guest stars.
The Oral History of Baseball on ‘Seinfeld’