I bought this one because Fred Stoller spent one year as a writer for Seinfeld and I thought it might be interesting to get a behind the scenes look at what that type of job would entail. It turned out to be very interesting.
Fred Stoller has had bit parts in dozens of movies and TV shows including many appearances on the Everybody Loves Raymond TV sitcom. I can’t honestly say I recognize him even after seeing several of his photos. He is the “everyman” of the entertainment industry, struggling to find jobs, not to become wealthy but simply to pay the rent and be able to continue doing what he loves.
In this short bio covering the year he spent as a writer for the Seinfeld Show (Season Six), Fred Stoller takes us inside the workings of one of TV’s most successful shows. He battles with other writers to get face time with Jerry and Larry David to pitch ideas for the show. It’s a vicious world and Fred seems a bit too laid back to compete with the more aggressive staff members. He does find a modicum of success when his ideas for a show result in an episode I have enjoyed featuring Jerry’s comic friend “Kenny Bania” who gifts Jerry with a suit he doesn’t want or need and then insists that Jerry take him to dinner. At the dinner that Jerry reluctantly agrees to, Bania orders only soup and says he will save the entrée for the REAL dinner that Jerry takes him to next time. Jerry can’t stand his company and the situation makes for a funny episode.
Unfortunately, Fred Stoller doesn’t make the cut when the list of writers for the next season comes out. It was fun though to get to read about the joys and sorrows of being a part of the Seinfeld family. Let’s give *** starts to this one.