Stand Up, The Seinfeld Chronicles, and Seinfeld: 1989-1996

The story goes that one night while at performing and hanging at Catch, Jerry asked Larry if he wanted to help him write a pilot for a show NBC had commissioned.young_larry_david_young_jerry_seinfeld

They walked into Lee's Korean store across the street and joked about the peculiar items as was their custom. Larry suggested this should be the show: nothing.

Jerry wondered if he picked the right writer to help him out.

Initially, Larry and Jerry wrote a pilot called Stand up which was going to be about the two of them and how they got material for their acts. Then it would show Jerry performing their new material and the audience would get to see how they reached the performance destination.

In a sense, it's what Seinfeld truly was: two stand-up comedians writing their observational comedy and personal humor into situations and storylines. Because they were both from New York, single, Jewish, and silly, they spoke the same language and were able to spin their musings into fine comedy-silk.

Seinfeld eventually became one of the most iconic and successful TV shows in history. It appears it will stand the test of time like classics such as The Three Stooges, I Love Lucy, and Cheers.

Larry claims to have worked on 134 episodes, although IMDB gives him credit for 174.

Seinfeld's 9.4 rating on IMDB dwarfs that of 1990s sitcom competitors Friends, 9.0, and Everybody Loves Raymond, 7.3.

It was truly the number one sitcom, and a key cultural mirror, disseminator, and aggregator during its run from 1989 to 1998.

Larry won two Emmy awards in 1993 for Seinfeld, as well as a cazzie_david_romy_david_larry_david_hannah_montanaGolden Globe in 1994. He also married Laurie Lennard in 1993; they went on to have two daughters together, Cazzie and Romy, born in 1994 and 1996 respectively. Larry left Seinfeld in 1996 due to a combination of burning out creatively, wanting to explore other creative avenues, and to spend time with his baby daughters and wife.


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