Apparently, it’s not a good idea to name the inspiration for the star character of a TV show after that inspiration. When Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld were creating Seinfeld, one of Jerry’s friends and neighbors was based on one of David’s friends and neighbors, New York comedian Kenny Kramer. Called “Kessler” in the pilot for the then-titled The Seinfeld Chronicles, the name of the character was changed to Cosmo Kramer (the Cosmo, of course, came later). Kenny then sent Castle Rock Entertainment (who produced the show) for a list of demands, and still is able to conduct Seinfeld ‘behind the scenes’ tours to this day.
Four more bits of trivia after the jump!
- Speaking of Kramer (Michael Richards), he and Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) are the only two of the four main characters to be absent from an episode. Richards was not included in “The Chinese Restaurant” and “The Pen”, and Louis-Dreyfus is absent from the pilot (although she had minimal roles during the fourth season due to maternity leave).
- Speaking of lawsuits, the owner of H&H Bagels, Helmer Toro (most notable as one of Kramer’s places of employment in “The Strike,” which famously debuted Festivus) was indicted on charges of failing to pay salaries withheld for taxes to the IRS. The store was even shut down temporarily as a result. (Reason to go on strike at H&H.)
- While the interior of Monk’s Cafe was an L.A. studio, the exterior is Tom’s Restaurant on 112th Street and Broadway.
- In “The Junior Mint,” the supposed chocolate-covered mint that Kramer dropped into Roy’s chest cavity was not so – it was, in fact, a York Peppermint Patty. Apparently, the Junior Mint wasn’t large enough to be seen in the shot!
Join me next week for another five pieces of trivia on a topic to be decided in the weekly Thursday Trivia.