Seinfeld went off the air on NBC in May 1998 with 76 million viewers tuning in to see Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer get their just punishments for being horrible New Yorkers.
In recent years, parody Twitter accounts such as Modern Seinfeld and Seinfeld Current Day have imagined the foursome dealing with technology and social media and current headlines — gaining hundreds of thousands of followers in the process.
But how have we gone this long without seeing how terribly each of them would react to 9/11?
Thanks to comedian Billy Domineau’s new spec script, we now could imagine how that would play out. It’s been the talk of comedians, writers and actors on Facebook for the past several hours already. I’ve read it, and it’s at once quite easy to see this as an iconic classic episode of Seinfeld, because it’s also perhaps the worst way any New Yorkers could have responded to or somehow gotten themselves involved in the terrorist attack and its aftermath. NO SPOILERS, because I’m not a monster. But please read how Domineau imagined “Jerry Seinfeld,” “George Costanza,” “Elaine Benes,” and “Kramer” would behave like monsters in the days after 9/11.
When Domineau posted it from his Google Drive yesterday, he told friends on Facebook: “I’ve written a Seinfeld spec script. It’s called The Twin Towers. Yep. It’s a 9/11 episode. This is what I do with my time now. Please join me on this journey deep into the subconscious of the multi-cam sitcom.”
Domineau, a freelance joke contributor for Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, and an actor and teaching artist with Story Pirates, told The Comic’s Comic this morning how this all came about.
“I was helping someone write a sketch a few months back and told them theirs needed to be an exercise in bad taste, ‘Like imagine if there was a 9/11 episode of Seinfeld…wait a minute,'” Domineau told The Comic’s Comic.
Why now? “Now because I finished it,” he told me.
He wrote the script in Los Angeles, where he’s part of a small TV writing group that meets in the home of Chelsea Davison, a cast member of the new MADtv reboot on The CW. Domineau comes back to New York City to perform with Gentleman Party, a sketch and improv group that has monthly shows at The PIT. He also has contributed to the Onion News Network, and been a member of past groups Dangerbox and Hammerkatz at NYU that also boasted members including Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom, Sudi Green, Anna Drezen, and the members of Derrick (Donald Glover, Dominic Dierkes and DC Pierson).
So, if you dare, please read Billy Domineau’s 9/11 Seinfeld spec script.