Monday, July 28, 2008

Seinfeld revisited


By all accounts, Seinfeld was a ground-breaking comedy. Purporting to be a show about nothing, it was in reality a pretty big something.

Unlike typical formulaic sitcoms, Seinfeld's main characters had no roots, vague identities and a conscious indifference to morals. They also lacked any semblance of couth, which was key to the show's success.

Seinfeld was funny not because it was about nothing, but because nothing was off the table. Racial stereotyping, anti-Semitism, masturbation, impotence, faked orgasms, personal hygiene issues, birth control -- everything was comedic fodder. Jerry and the gang bulldozed political correctness into the dust and made us laugh, if uncomfortably, in the process.

I shouldn't have been surprised when last week's decade-old episode featured 6-foot-3-inch Kramer and his new midget friend, Mickey. I'm sure the relationship was funny at the time, but in today's Hollywood diminutive actors are commonplace. I don't know if the dwarf population has increased, or if "little people" are simply willing to be exploited by reality show dimwits. In any case, the bloom is off the mini rosebush.

All that said, I'll bet Jerry Seinfeld would find something funny about ubiquitous midgets. Oompah Loompahs meet Jackass!

2 comments:

Jay said...

I've never seen a Seinfeld. Doesn't seem as if I've missed much!

'The bloom is off the mini rose bush'! LOL!

Jacques Poirier said...

Always interesting, Marie. Keep the cells active and rebellious!