Separated at birth? Elaine Benis from Seinfeld and President Medvedev

Elaine Benis from Seinfeld:

Russian President Medvedev:

Okay, I’ve had my little mean moment.  The fact is, not everyone can dance, but if you like to dance, just go out and have fun!  That’s what I do.  Dancing is one of my favorite activities and to heck with what people think about my moves on the floor.

Hat tip:  Jonah Goldberg

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  • jj

    I have a horrid confession, drives my wife crazy.  I didn’t like Jerry Seinfeld as a person, and didn’t – and don’t – find him amusing as anything else.  I have never – not once – seen an episode of his TV show – not then, and not now in reruns.  (Charles will now regard it as “proved:” I have always been a heretic.)

  • Charles Martel

    Book, thanks for posting this. It was great to revisit one of the best 45 seconds I ever saw on TV.

    Seinfeld was smart enough to know just how bad an actor he was/is, so surrounded himself with a superb cast of second bananas. Elaine’s goofy dance is one of the great improvs of all time, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus was one of the best female sitcom characters ever.

    (Not sure if jj was referring to me or the other Chuck, but “heretic” isn’t a label that applies to tastes in comedy. One man’s Jerry is another man’s Lenny.)

  • Charles Martel

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus played, not was, one of the best female sitcom characters ever.

  • Danny Lemieux

    JJ, the funny part of “Seinfeld”, as in “Curb your Enthusiasm”, was that you weren’t supposed to like any of them.

  • Charles Martel

    Danny, that’s what kept me from ever really liking Larry David’s character in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Seinfeld’s characters were funny to me as an ensemble of misfits and the cumulative results of their misifttery, while Larry David’s character was a standalone schmuck, a species I’ve never found entertaining.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Charles:  That’s exactly my feeling about the difference between Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld, and it’s why the former makes my skin crawl, while I found the latter very amusing.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Here’s a good reminder of Julie Louis Dreyfus’ excellent physicality.

  • jj

    I was referring to where I spent a few of those years.  Had I ever told anyone I hadn’t seen any and didn’t watch and had no plans to watch, they’d have erected a stake somewhere in the building, and I’d have joined Jacques de Molay floating in the ash cloud.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Ha, Book…great link! Yes…the Larry David persona made me cringe alright (and the Suzy character…well, let’s say, I could wait for her to show up! Definitely NSFW. Each of the characters caricatured people whom I know.

    What my spouse and I so enjoyed about these episodes was that they were so cringe inducing. The actors were brilliant and the characters resplendent in their flaws. After watching these shows and not knowing Larry David personally, I am left with absolutely no idea of what kind of man he is, but I do know that he has an uncanny ability to look from the outside in at (his own?) human weakness.

    I found both of these shows were so entertaining in the sense of watching human trains collide to the tune of very funny dialog combined with exceptional character development.