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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Fred Stoller (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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short, sweet and funny!

What a fantastic quick story!

I really enjoyed this because there didn't seem to be any padding or fat on it. Stoller gets straight to the point and his time at Seinfeld is the majority of the book. The stories that inspired some of his writing were wonderful and it was great to hear some of the inner workings of the comedy powerhouse.

I listened to this as an audiobook. I always enjoy audiobooks more when they're read by the author, and this was no exception. Stopping short of calling Stoller's read a 'performance', his tone and voice added comedy where there was none, and extra in the funny parts.

Closer to a long podcast than a book in my mind, this is a perfect 'reset' button on your reading/listening program. There aren't really any nuggets of wisdom to make you feel better or superior to others, but it's a really great time with Stoller who you begin to feel for as a friend.

Fantastic book - editors take note: I'd rather read 100 great pages in total than 100 great pages punctuated by 200 average/fillers. More of these please!

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Good fun!

Really enjoyed the personal story of a funny guy who ‘sorta’ made it. Thanks Fred!

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Perfect for lovers of Seinfeld

This short memoir is perfect for lovers of Seinfeld. I found it so interesting to hear these anecdotes of behind the scenes, and the heartache of the writers that went into designing every episode.

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  • Marie
  • 30-11-2015

Short but not sweet, just enjoyable

I'm familiar with the actor and his typecast character as the whiny schmuck, so I was okay and enjoyed listening to the author read his material. When a comedian writes a book or in this case a short thingy, said comedian should narrate it. However this rule does not work for any other writer.
I also remember Fred's stand up act, and could recollect it when he mentioned it in this short reading.
So please listen to the sample before buying if you have never encountered or can recall the comedic actor/writer Fred Stoller. If you don't know him from Adam or Adam's 3rd cousin, you might want to pass.
I enjoyed this book. I liked Seinfeld when it was on, and found the behind the scenes descriptions interesting. I laughed out loud a few times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-2021

Same content as his other book

But I guess I can't complain, it came with my audible membership and therefore was free.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-2015

Great book!

What made the experience of listening to My Seinfeld Year the most enjoyable?

We really loved Fred's tale of his year at Seinfeld in his own voice!

What does Fred Stoller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Fred's delivery is an integral part of his story!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, in fact, I listened to it twice. After I listened the first time, I played it again for the whole family on a trip!

Any additional comments?

I was really happy that Fred didn't use profanity, so I was comfortable with playing the book for the whole family.

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  • Beth Purkhiser
  • 03-09-2021

Fred Stopped cracks me up!

Every time I saw Fred he'd make me laugh out loud! Many of us have met someone like Fred at some point in our lives. I wonder if he understands the endearingly funny side of himself like we do. I literally could not get enough of this guy. He is the most loveable schmuck I've ever seen! I totally enjoyed this book...I wish it had been longer!

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  • Roy N.
  • 25-01-2021

Not sure what the point of this is

This is like excerpts from the audio book called Maybe We'll Have You Back by the same author. Not sure why a book of excerpts is necessary since the original book isn't that long. But at least the author reads this one instead of a ghost reader who does the full book. This isn't bad, but both are free on Audible so just listen to the full version which I thought was excellent.

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  • Tennessee Mills
  • 22-01-2021

This gave me anxiety

I dunno, maybe it was cathartic for him. For the reader - it was an anxious compound with little reflection.

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  • Vikes 991
  • 07-01-2022

Interesting story… enjoyable listen

As a big fan of Seinfeld, when I ran across this book I couldn’t not at least try it out…. what a wonderful surprise to get a front row seat of the author’s experience! I admit I had to look up Fred to know who he was, but recognized him easily. It’s a little disheartening to hear how someone who isn’t mainstream can be treated with less respect than those who are, but I’d like to believe we all get older and wiser and better.
But if you love an underdog story, and Seinfeld, and how the quirky actor makes a career, you should listen!

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  • Catherine
  • 07-01-2022

Interesting glimpse into sit coms

Author presenting his story added a lot to my enjoyment. Filler to get to 15 words.

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  • Michael Eaton
  • 10-12-2021

Fred Stoller Reads Fred Stoller

A really funny book about a Jewish guy from Brooklyn who cannot quite ever ever escape the dictates of his mother. It is the story about a guy who is incredibly good at playing and writing about losers, with whom he has deep kinship. Here is a guy who wrote for a wonderfully quirky trio of characters who took over the sitcom world. We get to to watch through Fred Stoller’s eyes the perfect pairing of two genius humorists — Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. And, in the Audible version of the book, we get to hear the great comedic voice of Fred Stoller talking about his life and the pleasures and horrors of writing for Jerry Seinfeld.
Thanks, Fred. It has been a pleasure.

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  • joseph peters
  • 26-10-2021

Interesting

Great book to learn about that guy in shows that we never remember his name but we know him.

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  • Michael Healy
  • 20-08-2015

Fascinating insight in TV world

I had to Google the authors name but as soon as I saw his photo I recognised him instantly and really enjoyed this short book.

It offered a fascinating insight into the world of acting, writing and TV.

As a fan of the show Seinfeld, I especially enjoyed hearing about the writing process and behind the scenes detail.

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  • Mr C Butcher
  • 11-08-2021

Great insight

Really enjoyed this, great glimpse behind the scenes
of how a top show works and well read

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  • David walsh
  • 25-07-2019

Being himself

It comes across as a very genuine piece and very funny. Hope to listen to more by Fred.

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  • Tanne
  • 21-02-2018

Not so nebbish

An entertaining listen. Worth a callback.. would like to have heard more (or see a show inspired by his experiences and then listen to the book about the making of that!)

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