Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander were spotted arriving at Tom’s Restaurant on New York City’s Upper West Side recently with a camera crew in tow. Nearly immediately after, rumors began swirling that a “Seinfeld” reunion was being shot. The coffee shop, which was known on the hit NBC series as Monk’s Diner, was also visited by show creator Larry David the same day, further adding to the speculation.
One more thing adding to the possibility of a reunion was an AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview on Reddit, which Jerry held on January 14.
“[Larry David and I] never obsess over anything that isn’t mundane,” Jerry said in one AMA response. “Most recent was intentional mumbling. We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can’t reveal what it is at this time. All I can do is tell you is that it’s big, huge, gigantic.”
A reunion for the show, which won 10 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, and many other awards during its run, would certainly be “big, huge, gigantic,” but there were certainly other possibilities when it came to the gang’s reuniting at Tom’s aka Monk’s. For example, Gothamist did some investigating on the scene and concluded that the footage shot may be used for an episode of Jerry’s web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (which consisted of 7-25 minute episodes and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2013), because of a box found on site which read, “Comedians.” They also noted a Super Bowl commercial as a possibility.
However, during a January 30 interview on the “Boomer & Carton” radio show on WFAN, Jerry seemingly denied that the footage was neither for his web series or for a Super Bowl commercial. Although Jerry remained fairly coy about the project, he did reveal that Jason would be reprising his role as George Costanza and that other “Seinfeld” cast members are also involved.
Jerry claimed that the project would be “short-ish form,” and a “one-and-done” thing involving Larry David. He also said that the footage would be “very, very soon.”
In the end, the project ended up being a Super Bowl commercial which aired on February 2 during Super Bowl XLVIII.
This was the second time that the cast of “Seinfeld” has reunited since the show completed its nine-season run on May 14, 1998.
In 2009, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards appeared together on the seventh season of Larry’s HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The main characters were also joined on the show by several supporting members of the cast, including Wayne Knight, Estelle Harris and Steve Hytner.
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