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Larry’s Vocal Cameos
The series’ creator Larry David actually had quite a few cameos over the years, though most of them were purely vocal. Not only did he voice the original Newman appearance on the show, but he gave voice to the Yankee’s owner, the subway announcer, the boxing ref, Saddam Hussein, and he’s the guy who asks “Is anyone here a marine biologist?” in the episode entitled “The Marine Biologist.”
Even after Larry David left the show at the end of season seven, he kept providing the voice for George Steinbrenner. One of the biggest signs that David had left the show was that it became more fast-paced and Jerry became much busier. How can you tell? These final seasons no longer included sequences of Jerry doing stand up at the beginning of the episodes.
Costanza’s Answering Song
It’s a very outdated joke now, but a fan favorite moment of Seinfeld was George Costanza’s parody song answering machine. It was just so outrageous and unbelievably over-the-top, yet so perfect for the quirky world of Seinfeld.
Did you know, though, that it was based on something that really happened to Seinfeld writer and producer, Jeff Schaffer? Apparently he once met a girl who had her answering machine message set to the tune of “Believe It or Not” from Greatest American Hero, just like George’s.
While we’ll never know how she felt about the song in the show, it’s neat to see how much of the humor came from real-life idiosyncrasies that were then parodied and exaggerated for the show.
Although he appeared on the show for seven season (not including his season two voice over), Seinfeld‘s biggest villain was never given a first name. The writers were so dedicated to the ongoing joke that when the United States Postal Service worker shows a business card it just reads “Newman.”
There was a rumor for a while that his first name was Norman, but this stems from a mistake in the season seven episode “The Bottle Deposit, Part 2.” In it, an actress accidentally misread “Newman” as “Norman,” and the producers thought the mistake was so funny that they ended up keeping it.
Even though Larry David voiced the character as early as the second season, Newman himself didn’t appear until the fifteenth episode of season three, “The Suicide.”