15 Larry David Cameos on Seinfeld

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Comedic writer Larry David co-created Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld for NBC during the late 1980s. While Jerry was front-and-center on the groundbreaking sitcom, David also appeared from time to time in numerous uncredited, yet memorable, roles. Here are 15 of them.

1. CAR THIEF // “THE ALTERNATE SIDE”

Jerry’s car is stolen at the beginning of “The Alternate Side.” When he calls his car phone, Larry David is the car thief who answers the phone.

2. MAN WITH CAPE // "The Chinese Woman"

At the beginning of “The Chinese Woman,” Jerry and Elaine spot Frank Costanza in the city with a mysterious man, wearing sunglasses and a cape, played by David. It’s revealed later in the episode that the man in the cape is Frank’s lawyer, who is helping him with his divorce from his wife, Estelle. At the very end, the mystery man saves Elaine’s friend Noreen from jumping off the Queensboro Bridge. When Noreen asks him who he is, the man in the cape responds, "I'm Frank Costanza's lawyer."

3. SCREAMING B-MOVIE ACTOR // “THE HEART ATTACK”

Jerry is watching the fake B-movie Flaming Globes of Sigmund on late night TV in “The Heart Attack.” David plays the B-movie actor who is wrapped in a gray space suit and raving about a planet being engulfed in flames.

4. KOSHER MEAL PASSENGER // "THE AIRPORT"

During “The Airport,” Jerry and Elaine are forced to sit separately on an airplane back to New York City. While Jerry is having a fabulous time in first class, Elaine is miserable and annoyed in coach. She gets up to go to the bathroom during the food service and when she returns to her seat, the flight attendant has given her meal away to another passenger, who is voiced by David.

5. SPORTS COMMENTATOR // “THE LIP READER”

While Jerry and George are at the U.S. Open in “The Lip Reader,” George sloppily pounds down an ice cream sundae at the concession stand. The TV broadcast catches George with ice cream and chocolate sauce all over his face, as two tennis sportscasters—one played by David—make fun of him on national television.

6. POLICE OFFICER // “THE WIG MASTER”

Kramer gets falsely arrested for being a pimp at the end of “The Wig Master.” While he’s having his mug shot taken, David voices the police officer who books him. He spouts the hilarious line, “I said turn, pimp!” To which, Kramer responds, “I’m not a pimp.”

7. MAN ON RAFT // “THE PILOT”

At the very end of the second part of the season four finale, “The Pilot,” Russell (Bob Balaban)—the head of NBC—quits his job to join Greenpeace after Elaine breaks up with him. David plays one of the people from Greenpeace with Russell in an escaping lifeboat.

8. NEWSSTAND OWNER // “THE GUM”

George believes that he gave the cashier at the coffee shop a $20 bill instead of a $10, as she claimed. He insists that he gave her a $20 bill because he drew red lips on Andrew Jackson’s face. At the end of the episode, when he tries to buy a pack of gum at a newsstand, the vendor—played by David—tells him that he doesn’t accept bills with lipstick on the president.

9. MAN ON BEACH // “THE MARINE BIOLOGIST”

When Jerry meets with his old college friend Diane, she asks how George is doing. Jerry claims George is now a marine biologist, instead of offering up George’s preferred lie about his fake career as an architect. Impressed, George and Diane go out on a date—during which they take a walk along the beach and come across a crowd of people trying to help a distressed whale. David is the voice of a man who yells out “Is anybody here a marine biologist?,” which forces George to reluctantly take action.

10. SADDAM HUSSEIN // “THE DINNER PARTY”

In season five, the group goes to a dinner party. Beforehand, Jerry and Elaine go to a bakery to buy a chocolate Babka, while George and Kramer go to a beverage store to buy wine. They are delayed at the shop because they are blocked in when someone double-parks next to their car. At the end, it is revealed that Saddam Hussein is the culprit. David is the voice of the Iraqi dictator.

11. GEORGE STEINBRENNER // “THE OPPOSITE”

“The Opposite” is the season five finale, where George does the complete opposite of his natural instincts. He gets the girl, stands up for himself, and manages to score a job interview with the New York Yankees. He also meets George Steinbrenner, who is only shown in silhouette and voiced by David. David continued to voice the Yankee’s owner in numerous episodes, including the series finale.

12. MAN IN HALLWAY // “The Trip: Part 2”

In the second part of the season four premiere, “The Trip: Part 2,” Kramer moves to Los Angeles because he’s fed up with the “rat race” in New York City. During his exploits on the west coast, he is mistaken for a serial killer, and the police show up to his doorstep to arrest him. One of the police officers in the background is David.

13. MOVIE TRAILER VOICEOVER // "The Movie"

Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer lose each other at a movie theater, while trying to watch the fictional Checkmate. Jerry tries to find the group in a darkened theater, while a trailer for the fake movie Rochelle, Rochelle is playing on the big screen. The voice in the trailer is David’s.

14. NEWMAN // “THE REVENGE”

The character of Newman, Jerry’s nemesis, was introduced as Kramer’s suicidal friend during the series’ second season. Although Newman had a bigger role in previous drafts, the character was reduced to an off-screen voice, provided by David, in the final version of the episode. However, Newman was re-introduced during season three, with Wayne Knight playing Kramer’s buddy. To keep continuity, Knight went back and re-dubbed Newman’s lines from “The Revenge” in the syndicated and home video versions.

Fun Fact: A year before he landed the Newman role, Knight appeared in Oliver Stone’s JFK. During season three, he recreated the iconic “magic bullet theory” scene from JFK on Seinfeld in “The Boyfriend.”

15. PRISONER // “THE FINALE”

At the very end of the Seinfeld series finale, the group are sent to jail for not helping someone during a mugging. Jerry is doing his final standup act of the series in prison to an audience made up of inmates and guards. One of the inmates who threatens Jerry for telling bad jokes is David. The prisoner was sent to jail for committing grand theft auto.

Interestingly, David was also the voice of the man who stole Jerry’s car in season three. Apparently, he was caught and booked between appearances. It took seven years for that hidden joke to pay off.

Rewind Time With This Blockbuster-Themed Party Game

Recapture that '90s vibe with this Blockbuster-themed movie trivia game.
Recapture that '90s vibe with this Blockbuster-themed movie trivia game.
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With only one Blockbuster location left in the world, the good old days of wandering video rental store aisles and getting chewed out for late fees are definitely a thing of the past—but like so many relics from the '90s, the pull of nostalgia has ensured that Blockbuster (or at least the brand) won't disappear for good. Now the video store is back in the form of a party game from Big Potato Games that is designed to test the movie knowledge of you and up to 11 friends.

Marketing itself as “a movie game for anyone who has ever seen a movie,” the Blockbuster party game consists of two parts. In part one, players from each team compete head-to-head to name as many movies as they can that fit under specific categories (e.g., movies with Tom Cruise, famous trilogies, movies with planes). In the second half, two teams face off against each other to test their skills at a game of movie-related charades. The catch? Players can only describe movies in one of three randomly chosen ways: acting out scenes, rattling off a famous quote, or describing the films with one word.

The real selling point of the whole package is that Big Potato fit all the game cards and buzzer into a box that is virtually identical to the old-school Blockbuster VHS rental cases, right down to its distinct color scheme and shape. All it's missing is the membership card. 

The Blockbuster board game costs $24 at Hot Topic. That’s a fair price for getting the chance to rewind time.

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15 Clever Breaking Bad Easter Eggs Hiding in Better Call Saul

Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael Mando, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tony Dalton in Better Call Saul.
Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Michael Mando, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tony Dalton in Better Call Saul.
James Minchin/AMC

As evidenced by Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan and his cohorts have an eye for detail that’s nearly unrivaled. If anything, Better Call Saul—which is originally set several years before the events of Breaking Bad—only proves the point. The series, which is about to kick off its fifth season, focuses on Jimmy McGill (soon to become Saul Goodman) and is full of references to its progenitor, some of which are pure fun, and some of which add a deeper meaning to what we already know. Here are 15 clever Breaking Bad Easter eggs hiding in Better Call Saul.

**Warning: Plenty of spoilers ahead for both series.**

1. Being Kevin Costner

In a throwaway moment in Breaking Bad, Saul mentions to Walt that he once convinced a woman he was Kevin Costner (“If you’re committed enough, you can make any story work”), and in the finale of the first season of Better Call Saul, we see the exact moment he was referring to. In case we thought that Saul was just making the story up for the sake of a pep talk, here’s the proof otherwise.

2. Neighborhood mainstay

If the diner where Jimmy first meets with the Kettlemans looked familiar to you, it’s for good reason. Loyola’s Diner featured in Breaking Bad as a mainstay of Mike’s—he met with Jesse there, as well as Lydia. It’s also, incidentally, a very real restaurant in Albuquerque. And while we’re on the subject of Mike and food, he’s been shown to be fond of pimento cheese sandwiches in both series.

3. Address unknown

David Costabile as Gale Boetticher in 'Breaking Bad'
Ursula Coyote, AMC

In Better Call Saul, it’s shown that Jimmy's office is at 160 Juan Tabo Boulevard (which is a real nail salon). Those of you with a head for directions might also recall that that’s the same street that the ill-fated chemist Gale Boetticher lives on, at 6353 Juan Tabo Boulevard. Breaking Bad fans were thrilled when the karaoke-loving chemist appeared in Season 4 of Better Call Saul (with hopefully more to come).

4. The Ignacio connection

Michael Mando as Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul
Michael Mando as Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul.
Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

When he’s kidnapped by Walt and Jesse after refusing to help a busted Badger, Saul spits out a variety of nonsense in an attempt to stay alive. He also drops a name: Ignacio. So who is he talking about? As we learn in Better Call Saul, this refers to Nacho, who’s become one of the secondary leads on the show. “Nacho” is a nickname, short for Ignacio, which makes sense as a connection given how closely he’s been working with Jimmy/Saul.

5. Cheap tricks

Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn in 'Better Call Saul'
Michele K. Short, AMC/Sony Pictures

There’s another callback to the first time that Walt, Jesse, and Saul meet. Despite still having his hands tied behind his back, when Saul agrees to help Walt and Jesse, he tells them to each put a dollar in his pocket in order to secure attorney-client privilege. It seems that Saul got that idea from Kim, who, when she decides to help Jimmy after discovering he’s falsified evidence, tells him to give her a dollar for exactly the same reason.

6. Old afflictions

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill and Mel Rodriguez as Marco Pasternak in 'Better Call Saul'
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill and Mel Rodriguez as Marco Pasternak in Better Call Saul.
Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

In yet another reference to that fateful first meeting, we learn that Saul isn’t bluffing when he tells Walt and Jesse that he has bad knees. He says the same thing when cops apprehend him in the first season of Better Call Saul. As to why he’s got bad knees to begin with, it all comes from his time as “Slippin’ Jimmy,” when he used to stage falls in order to earn a little bit of money.

7. Car talk

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in 'Breaking Bad'
Ursula Coyote, AMC

Saul Goodman drives a white 1997 Cadillac DeVille with the vanity plate “LWYRUP.” Jimmy McGill’s ride is much more modest: a yellow Suzuki Esteem with a red door. That said, in the pilot of Better Call Saul, we very briefly see a white Cadillac DeVille—Jimmy parks his car next to it, in a truly blink-and-you-miss-it allusion to what’s to come. (Gus, notably, is driving the same blue Volvo in both shows.)

8. Home sweet home

In Better Call Saul, one of the retirement homes that Jimmy visits in his quest to find new clients for his growing elder law business is Casa Tranquila. If it sounds familiar, that's because it's a key location in Breaking Bad as the home of Hector Salamanca, and the place where he kills his longtime nemesis Gus Fring. It’s a nice touch to revisit the location, especially given the fact that Better Call Saul gives us the story as to how Hector wound up in a wheelchair in the first place.

9. What's your poison?

There’s also a nice bit of brand continuity with the made-up tequila Zafiro Añejo. Gus poisons a bottle to get back at Don Eladio in Breaking Bad, and we see the same blue bottle pop up in Better Call Saul when Jimmy and Kim scam a cocky stock broker named Ken. Ken, for his part, seems to be reaping a constant stream of bad karma, as he’s also in Breaking Bad as a victim of Heisenberg’s wrath. He swipes Walt’s parking spot—and has his car set on fire for his trouble.

10. The little piggy

Though Mike is hard as nails, he’s got a soft spot the size of Texas for his granddaughter Kaylee. He gifts her a pink pig plush in Better Call Saul, which crops up again in Breaking Bad under slightly less cute circumstances. He uses the doll as a distraction when an assassination attempt is made on his life.

11. Word games

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring in 'Breaking Bad'
Ursula Coyote, AMC

The first letters of the episode titles of the second season of Better Call Saul are an anagram for “FRING’S BACK.” It’s a granular sort of trick that the creators have pulled off before: four of the episodes of season two of Breaking Bad spell out “Seven Thirty-Seven Down Over ABQ.” In the season finale, a 737 plane does indeed go down over Albuquerque, or ABQ.

12. Sentimental value

Given that Saul’s Breaking Bad office has a lot of strange objects in it, it’d be easy to miss the octagonal desk. As it turns out, the offices of Saul Goodman aren’t the desk’s first home: it’s seen in the background of Kim’s office in Better Call Saul. It’s retroactive, sure, but it’s still nice to know that Saul has some mementos around.

13. Movie night

Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn in 'Better Call Saul'
Ursula Coyote, AMC/Sony Pictures Television

There’s also a little sentimental value in the name of Saul’s holding company, Ice Station Zebra Associates, which he uses to help Walt launder money in Breaking Bad. As we discover in Better Call Saul, Ice Station Zebra is Kim’s favorite movie, due to her father’s affection for it. Though Kim is physically absent from Breaking Bad, small details seem to tie back to her all the time.

14. Set dressing

Krazy-8, may he rest in peace, also shows up in Better Call Saul. The van that he drives has the logo for Tampico Furniture on it, and he’s wearing a uniform with the logo as well. Tampico is where Walt, as he recalls in Breaking Bad, bought Walter Jr.’s crib. Unfortunately, those fond memories aren’t quite enough to save Krazy-8’s skin.

15. Beware of bugs

Before Mike leaves Philly for Albuquerque, a bartender tells him to be mindful of tarantulas. The spider plays a key role in Breaking Bad later on, as a young boy’s pursuit of the bug puts him in Walt’s path—and Todd’s path, by proxy. Determined to make a good impression on Walt, and knowing that there can’t be any witnesses to what they’re doing, Todd shoots the boy in one of the most shocking and cold-blooded moments in the entire series.

An earlier version of this story ran in 2018.

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