Jerry Seinfeld’s young children are now watching episodes of his old show “Seinfeld,” but he has so far steered them away from “The Contest,” he revealed in a question-and-answer session with members of the audience at a recent taping of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
The Q&A was taped when Seinfeld made his last appearance on “Fallon” a few weeks ago on June 18. The session never aired because it was not planned as part of the show. But this week, the “Fallon” show released the clip, which we have for you to watch, above.
Among the questions Seinfeld was asked: Have his kids — Sascha, 13, Julian, 10, and Shepherd, 8 — seen the famed 1992 episode titled “The Contest,” in which Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer compete to see which one of them can abstain from, um, pleasuring themselves, the longest. “Have my kids seen ‘The Contest’? Good question,” Seinfeld said. “No,” he answered, “but they do watch the show.”
The ultra-rich comedian, 59, was also asked, inevitably, if there will ever be a “Seinfeld” reunion show and Seinfeld said no. “It was 15 years ago,” he said, referring to the show’s finale in May 1998. “It’s depressing already. It [would be] like an old people reunion.”
Of course, there was a reunion of sorts on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where an ongoing storyline had Larry David and Jerry bringing the old cast back for a present-day update. And they did “reunite” within “Curb” for a “new” episode of “Seinfeld.”
Seinfeld was also asked to reveal his favorite episode of “Seinfeld” and he cited “The Pothole” as at least one of his favorites. Premiering in February 1997 in the show’s eighth season, “The Pothole” had Kramer (Michael Richards) “adopting” a section of highway and personally maintaining it, with ridiculous and, for Newman (Wayne Knight), tragic results.
“I like the one where Newman bursts into flames in the end!” Seinfeld said, laughing.