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My Seinfeld Year (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Fred Stoller
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You'd know Fred Stoller if you saw him. He has appeared on practically every great sitcom you've ever seen - Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Murphy Brown just to name a few. But he has never been a regular on a series, always the guest star. He longs to find a showbiz home. Instead, he is a television foster child, shuttling from show to show in the vain hope that one will finally agree to keep him. "My Seinfeld Year" tells the hysterical and bittersweet story of what happened when Stoller finally got a shot at the showbiz stability he'd always dreamed of -- as a staff writer on one of the biggest television shows in history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Z499M0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great inside look as well as a touching narrative 30 April 2013
By DeeOwe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the inside looks that came with the Seinfeld DVDs, this book satisfied my craving for a more intimate look at what it was like behind the scenes of my favourite show. Fred details some pretty awkward encounters between himself and the other writers and actors from the show, including Larry and Jerry (who come off a tad mean spirited at times) as well as the performers who played Kramer and Elaine (who sound a lot more down to earth).

Although I originally bought this to hear backstage tales from the show, Fred also tells a very endearing story and I look forward to reading his other book for more insight into his life as a bit part actor. I'm not sure if someone who was not a fan of Seinfeld or remembered the storylines would enjoy this as much as I did, but it's certainly well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting nugget of Seinfeld history. 29 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An enjoyable read outlining character actor Fred Stoller's time on Seinfeld and elsewhere. Gives a nice glimpse into the pressure and insecurities of Hollywood. Left me thinking that the best approach in that business is to do your best, be prepared, be nice to people and realise that everything else is probably luck. Ideal for the Kindle Single format too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Entertaining 3 April 2013
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Big fan of Seinfeld so it was interesting to read Fred Stoller's behind the scene's account of his time on the show. Hollywood is harsh on the talented - it's merciless on everyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I dont have this guys photo on my wall. 23 Aug. 2013
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Until recently when I listened to his Marc Maron podcast interview, I didn't know Fred Stollers name. However, his face, timbre, delivery and style are unmistakable. Seinfeld isn't a programme that would mean much in Scotland to anyone who has a job and can't sit up all night watching obscure satellite channels, so Mr Stollers Seinfeld credentials are irrelevant(certainly to me). I know him purely as one of those faces that turn up often out of the blue on TV shows in guest appearances. He's one of those guys whom I wished I saw more often on TV even though that would detract from the "Oh there's that guy!" moment when he appears. My Seinfeld Year is exactly what it says on the tin (or cover). Its a too short account of an even shorter period of a career which deserves more plaudits than it gets. Don't let that put you off though; it's roughly an hours read for next to nothing cash wise. That's an hour in the company of one of those unique actors who, despite whether they're playing nice or obnoxious, neurotic or nasty just can't hide the fact that therein lies a genuine human warmth. I've just discovered that he has another book out so I'm going to buy it. Right now in fact. Oh; if I find out who Perry is he's going down. in the form of a very indignant email. dare he!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A book about nothing! Seriously, nothing at all. 13 Oct. 2012
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My Seinfeld Year (Kindle Single)

by Fred Stoller

Fred Stoller is a man who is probably known to you, by his own admission, as the modern equivalent of Second Gentleman in a Shakespeare play. You'll recognise him (or not) as the one-scene terrible waiter, or the annoying delivery man, or, in the case of his role in Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray's "mopey cousin". This Kindle Single is an attempt to explain away a career.

He paints a vaguely amusing picture of a childhood in Brooklyn with a noisy, neurotic mother, and a silent, emotionally absent father, although he doesn't seem to realise that pretty much everyone was in that situation. His "greatest accomplishment" was a perfect school attendance record. Then he paints a vaguely amusing picture of unsuccessfully trawling the stand-up clubs and being depressing on Letterman. Then he paints an entirely unamusing picture of landing a Seinfeld script-writing gig, where it becomes clear that he's taking out his bitterness at his rejection by a woman on Seinfeld viewers, but not in a good way. His unpleasant attitude towards women, that they are products from him to consume, is reinforced by an unfunny anecdote about his time filming Dumb and Dumberer.

All this is leading to the mast of the book, around which the flimsy sails of his crappy career flap weakly: the juicy stuff about his time on Seinfeld. This is what we paid for: the good stuff. Tell me more about that hilarious time you showed up to work wearing a belt! Please tell me ALL the brands of cereal available to the writers in the conference room! I need to know more about the bureaucratic process of getting script approval from four separate people and then have all your ideas, most of which seem to be the expatiation of personal vendettas, canned!
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