TIL the Seinfeld episode “The Revenge” was based on an experience by screenwriter Larry David, who once quit his job...

TIL the Seinfeld episode “The Revenge” was based on an experience by screenwriter Larry David, who once quit his job at Saturday Night Live, felt he made a mistake once he reached home, and returned the following morning as if nothing had happened.

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  • Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza, recalled on Howard Stern, that he started the show basing his performances on Woody Allen. When he saw the script for this, he complained loudly in the writers room that there was no way that anyone could have possibly done this in real life. Larry David overheard the conversation, said that *he* was the real life inspiration for the episode, and from that moment on, Jason Alexander began basing his performances on Larry David instead.

  • back story:

    >George’s storyline in the episode is based on David’s own experiences while a writer at Saturday Night Live. David had quit SNL halfway through the 1984-1985 television season, but felt he had made a mistake once he reached his home. His neighbor Kenny Kramer, who later served as the main inspiration for Kramer, suggested David return to work the following Monday and act as if nothing had happened.

    >Unlike George Costanza, the ploy succeeded for David, who remained with SNL’s writing staff until the end of that season.

    >George’s reason for quitting was inspired by Seinfeld writer Larry Charles’ use of the private restroom in Seinfeld and David’s office instead of the public one.

    > Newman sub plot was inspired by one of David’s neighbors, who once jumped from the second floor of the apartment building in which they both lived. The unseen character Mr. Papanickolas, who is mentioned by Kramer, was named after Pete Papanickolas, a member of the production crew.

  • Ive accepted workers back after this. Mostly due to the fact that they did quality work.

    The idiots who did ok to shifty work, I escorted off the property.

  • A version of this sorta happened to me: was fired and sent home but the boss must have expected me not to take it seriously, or grovel for my job, and show up the next day. When I didn’t, he called wondering where I was. I didn’t go back because it was just a toxic environment.

  • I had an employee years ago who would get frustrated very easily. He would have a tirade and quit about every 6 or 8 months. Then show up the next day like nothing happened. It caused a bit of a morale issue with the other techs. The last time he did it he insulted me and it seemed more serious now because he actually handed me his card key and his tools. So I went to HR and told them he quit and they processed his exit paperwork. The next day he called to ask that I let him in the front door. I did but only so he could go talk to HR about signing his exit papers. He cried like a girl when I told him I accepted his resignation permanently.

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  • I like how Larry David embodies the George Costanza character in not only his other show(s) but also in real life. So awkward/funny/quirky.

  • And that’s how you do it too. Like nothing ever happened.

  • Did he still get paid though? I mean admin must have gone through with the papers.

  • GEORGE: I was just blowin’ off a little steam. So what?

    JERRY: So what? You’re entitled.

    GEORGE: I’m emotional.

    JERRY: That’s right. You’re emotional.

  • Also the premise of Clear History (Larry David) which is essentially a feature length Curb episode

  • He did a similar story line with the movie Clear History

  • So who did he slip the micky to?

  • Used to work at a pizza place that specializes in 5.99 mix and match deals and twisted bread knots now. The boss’ nephew, who was an assistant manager, had walked off numerous times and came back in a few days later like nothing happened.

    The delivery driver who threw a rocker blade at my ankle who walked off was not as fortunate when he came back in the next day.

  • TIL many of the Seinfeld plotlines were taken from the real life antics of one of the shows creative minds.

  • I am watching this episode right now as part of a serial rewatch. It’s kinda freaky actually. Paused the episode, did some other stuff, came here and found this…


  • Did he slip Lorne Michaels a mickey?

  • Comedians can get away with the best stuff. “Oh that? I was working on a joke and I wanted to see if it was funny. How’d you like it?”

  • Larry must have been thinking about this when he wrote the film “Clear History,” starring himself and Jon Hamm. Larry’s character works for a start-up company making electric cars. He quits in a huff because his boss (Hamm) doesn’t like his idea for a device that allows the driver to urinate while driving. Of course, the company makes billions, then Larry plots revenge…and so on.

  • Ha. But yelling “I quit” doesn’t terminate your employment in America. You have to file some paperwork with HR.

  • My favorite Seinfeld episode is the soup nazi. ” NO SOUP FOR YOU!”

  • How about a subreddit where you tell me something I don’t know

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