Skip to comments.'Seinfeld' over, but Festivus keeps giving
Posted on 12/23/2009 7:58:12 AM PST by earlJam
(CNN) -- ... thanks to a "Seinfeld" writer whose father had made Festivus a quirky household tradition, a 1997 episode of the famed sitcom popularized the peculiar day.
To hear it from Frank Costanza, the character played by Jerry Stiller, the December 23 observance calls for little more than the erection of an aluminum pole, the airing of grievances and the demonstration of feats of strength -- which preferably culminate in wrestling down to the ground and pinning the head of the household.
For at least eight years, Julianne Donovan, 35, has been hosting Festivus parties in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. The graphic designer and illustrator said she was drawn to the holiday...
At her parties, people jot down their grievances and stuff them in the pole. They complain about parking tickets, the economy and their spouses, she said. One of her favorites in recent years read like this: "What's up with the dude in the white shoes? It's way after Labor Day."
Getting in on the fun in recent years is a stairway railing company called Wagner, (they)thought cutting up pipes to make aluminum holiday poles would be an easy -- and fun -- side business. Thus was born festivuspoles.com.
Leto said he's received orders from troops in Afghanistan and people living in Australia...When the company sent Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle a Festivus pole in 2005, he put it up in the executive residence. Today it appears in the state's historical museum.
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I made a donation to thr Human Fund!
In honor of Festivus, I have made a $100 donation, in the name of each FReeper, to the Human Fund. “The Human Fund: Money for People!” :)
Frankly Jerry Stiller has always creeped me out. He’s the closest thing to a real life troll I’ve seen.
Beat me by 2 seconds! :)
The show was anti-Christian.
Another Festivus miricle!
Just so happen to have one of the poles as Wagner is a customer of mine! To bad its not for aluminum...
Festivus is nice, but Frank Costanza’s greatest contribution was the invention, along with Cosmo Kramer, of the “manzierre” or “Bro” for overweight men.
Festivus for the rest of us.
It was probably more anti-Jewish than anything else. There were way more jokes about the Jewish religion than Christianity.
(In case you don’t know, Jerry Seinfeld is Jewish.)
Maybe the show was simply a way we could laugh at ourselves.
I loved the episode, but I am really concerned after reading the article that some people are taking festivus too seriously.
Some people in this article are quoted as saying they did festivus to keep the holidays “inclusive” aka try not to offend people.
That’s flat scary!
I remember “George” being interviewed after the show went off the air.
He said that people would come up to him and say, “I love your character. ‘You’ were just like me!”
He would always respond, “That is not a compliment.”
You are right. The show is funny. But it’s too bad people don’t see the characters for the shallow, empty people they were.
Beats the hell out of “Kwanzaa”...
***The show is funny. But its too bad people dont see the characters for the shallow, empty people they were.***
That is exactly what made it funny - to those of us who recognized our own human foibles, faults and weaknesses.
Humility is humor with redemption.
Didn’t know if there was a silent /sarc after the “Seinfeld is Jewish” line—but FWIW, so is Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Jason Alexander (real name Jay Greenspan).
Michael Richards has, at various times, said he was, and other times said he wasn’t—there is an unfounded rumor that he is related to Danny Kaye
I knew someone who knew Jason Alexander-they said he’d refuse to talk to people on the street who called him “George”
I have always thought that part of the brilliance of Seinfeld was that nothing was too sacred to handle, be it left, right christian, jewish or name a religion. You could look at Festivus through the lens that it mocks made up holidays like Kwanzaa just as much as it pokes or other holidays. The way he treated abortion on the show IMO shows it even better. Papi was a good hearted man who was pro-life while Elaine became a mean stereotypical feminazi over the issue.
His show, at least when it was in it’s prime, is what is lacking on TV today.
(But I got a lot of problems with you people!)
Seinfeld Ping List. To be on the list, you must bring me a stamped card from Atomic Sub. Or just ask.
Oh come on, everybody saw how shallow and awful they were, only the weirdos wouldn’t see that.
What I find a little distressing is that nobody realizes what utter and total buttmunches Niles and Frasier Crane are. I mean, they are truly evil.
Plus, Jerry made out during Schindler’s List, not The Passion of Christ.
It’s as legitimate as Kwanza.
Under Obamunism, every dime I earn will be going to the "Human fund" to "help people".
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David an anti-Christian? Really?
Larry David Blasted for 'Curb' Episode Where He Urinates on Jesus Painting (October 29, 2009)
Where are the people who now go to Schindler’s List specifically to make out?
Thanks for the ping, Larry.
Seinfeld made fun of everything. There was the babbling Rabbi who couldn’t keep a secret. The cigar store indian episode which totally came out against PC-ism. The Aids Walk ribbon episode, “You’re a ribbon bully.”. Jerry and company had a lot of laughs at the Jewish people as well. The ‘anti-dentite’ episode. Uncle Leo seeing anti-Semitism everywhere. Including the cook at the coffee shop. “They don’t just overcook a hamburger.”.
So, chill. I think the people buying the poles are the strange ones.
Ask him if he's still a Pepper...
It’s sooooo 9/10/2001
One of my favorite lines:
Jerry (to a Catholic father): I wanted to talk to you about Dr. Whatley. I have a suspicion that he’s converted to Judaism just for the jokes.
Father: And this offends you as a Jewish person.
Jerry: No, it offends me as a comedian.
The same priest with ELaine and Puddy.
Priest-”Often times in cases of interfaith marriages...”
Elaine-”Whoa. No one’s gettin’ married here. We’re just...having a good time.”
Priest-”Oh. Well, it’s easy then. You’re both going to hell.”
Puddy-”No way man. This is bogus!”
Elaine-”Aww, don’t worry. It’ll only seem like an eternity.” Makes devil horns. “Ahhhhhhhhh.”
Priest does the same and laughs.
And far more entertaining.
Poles serve only one legitimate purpose.
Well, two, if you include fire-fighting.
And we make great food too. Not to mention polkas.
Elaine: So is it a problem that I’m not really religious?
Puddy: Not for me. I’m not the one going to hell.
Puddy: Thou shalt not steal.
Elaine: Oh, but it’s ok for me (to steal the neighbor’s newspaper)?
Puddy: What do you care, you know where you’re going.
Larry David was the exec producer of Seinfeld and did his Crist unrination recently. Seinfeld was an anti-Christian show. I know liberal Jews who hate Christians who loved the show. They are as evil as anti-Semites.
Jerry: Don’t you see what Whatley is after? Total joke telling immunity. He’s already got the two big religions covered, if he ever gets Polish citizenship there’ll be no stopping him.
(There truly is a Seinfeld reference for every situation)
"It's time for the Festivus Feats of Strength!"
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