Jerry Seinfeld Begged This Comedian To Play George On Seinfeld

According to “Seinfeld Encyclopedia” Even before the casting process for the iconic series began, Jerry Seinfeld begged comedian Jake Johansen to play the role of George Costanza. However, the stand-up comedian turned him down.

In a post in the r/Seinfeld community on Reddit, you/jh99999 asked if anyone could imagine him in this role. In reply, U/MaXiMuS501 commented that he “looks like he stole a box of raisins from the audition”. In a similar way, at / kinyutaka explained that Johansson looks like he’s more suited to the role of Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards). But many Seinfeld fans are probably wondering… Who the hell is Jake Johannsen?

Despite turning down the role of George on Seinfeld, the prolific stand-up comedian has made TV appearances in Weird Science, The Larry Sanders Show, Married… with Children, and Dr. Katz, The Occupational Therapist ( through IMDb). Johanssen is also known for his 1992 HBO special It Takes an Hour and the 2010 Showtime special I Love You. The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith described him as: “A typical stand-up comedian, with over three decades of experience and forty-five Letterman appearances, Jake Johannsen is an endlessly warm and funny man.”

While Johanssen has shown himself to be a fun guy over the years, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Jason Alexander as George Costanza. Fans can only guess what Seinfeld would have been like if Johannsen had been catching marble rye through a third-floor window instead of Alexander.

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