My Seinfeld Year (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Stollers essay is funny, sad and perfectly introspective. It helps if you recognize him from the episode he guest starred, it makes understanding his personality a little easier. But, needless to say, Stoller didn't have the easiest time as a staff writer. He didn't mesh well with the other writers, Seinfeld and Larry David were too busy running the show to help guide him, and one jealous and insecure writer, referred to as "Perry", actively tried to sabotage his experience.
In short, this is a great read for any Seinfeld fan. The inside look into the show is seemingly unbiased, reflective and realistic. It's totally different from the way the DVDs portrayed the show and the interpersonal relationships, but it isn't tabloid-y or seems like it was made for a quick buck. It certainly feels real and raw, and I think that is a rarity for any of the products that came out of the show. I ended up feeling bad for Fred, and I hope things stay productive for him. This essay was really quite touching.
As a last question, I really want to know who "Perry" is. Stoller wrote for Season 6, and he names a lot of people, eliminating them. Berg, Schaffer, Robin and Kavet would have been the "college kid" writers, so that leaves Bruce Kirschbaum, Bill Masters and Bob Shaw as potential candidates. Personally, I'd probably lean towards Kirschbaum. Unless "Perry" never finished the script he was working on all year...
Like Seinfeld, this book is a composition of more than one storyline. The main storyline, to me, is Fred's life. Turns out he's not so different from the downtrodden, depressed, off-kilter characters that he's played. That makes the book funny. Then there's the storyline of Fred Stoller, a writer for "Seinfeld"... for a season. That makes the book interesting.
You might think you wouldn't have much in common with a guy who has written scripts for one of the most popular sitcoms in television. If you are at all socially awkward (like me), you'll relate. On the other hand, if you are one of the golden people who intimidate us socially awkward types by being your very successful self, you'll enjoy the "Seinfeld" trivia and behind-the-scenes look.
This is a humorous and interesting read that I think any fan of comedy, "Seinfeld" in particular, will enjoy.
Can't wait to read his second book. That guy from Raymond has a name! It's Fred Stoller. Watch for him, because he's very funny. Meanwhile, read his books. (He's very funny.)