In the series Seinfeld, why does Jerry not change his character's name?

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    The character is a fictionalized version of himself.
    – Oliver_C
    Jul 11, 2012 at 8:03
  • Would love to know why this wasn't true for Larry David's character on the show (George)
    – Tablemaker
    Jul 11, 2012 at 16:51
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    Tyler, from what I have learned about the show, Larry David was a very reluctant participant. He wanted to help Jerry with the first episode and then kept trying to get out of helping further. He never thought the show would get picked and kept agreeing to work on "just a few more" episodes.
    – Evik James
    Jul 13, 2012 at 14:24

3 Answers 3


The similarities between the real Jerry and the fictionalized Jerry are subtle. Since his life as a comedian was the show's core, there was great reason to tie the real and fictionalized characters together. They did so using the name of the character.

Also, I am sure there was a bit of ego involved.


According to a documentary I watched seinfeld didn't change his name because he has based it on his life, he also used the series to showcase his standup comedy talents

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    do you remember the name of the documentary?
    – oers
    Oct 22, 2012 at 11:29
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    I can't off the top of my head, no but it can be found in the season1/2 DVD boxset as one of the special features
    – minimatt
    Oct 22, 2012 at 11:37

I mean, the show is called Seinfeld. I think much of the basis of the show is that it is an exaggerated interpretation of his own life. A viewer is meant to believe that the Jerry we watch in Seinfeld is the same Jerry we see doing stand up comedy.

  • ...though interestingly the main character in "The Cosby Show" is not called Cosby...
    – komodosp
    Aug 9, 2022 at 10:11

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