Comedy writing is a tough gig at the best of times, dear pals. And trying to find ways to get your head above the crowd can be a supremely arduous task.
‘Course sometimes that’s made a hell of a lot easier by writing a note-perfect, batshit insane, pitch-black ‘Seinfeld‘ script about the September 11 attacks.
‘Seinfeld‘ left the air back in 1998, meaning it didn’t have to deal with how New Yorkers, and more importantly the four sociopaths from the show, coped with the World Trade Centre collapse.
But comedian Billy Domineau decided to have a crack at it anyway, and the results are an absolute scream.
Domineau, who works as a freelance joke contributor for ‘Weekend Update‘ on SNL, and previously wrote for the Onion News Network, wrote the entire spec episode (entitled “The Twin Towers“) after helping out a fellow writer on a different sketch.
“[I] was helping someone write a sketch a few months back and told them theirs needed to be an exercise in bad taste, ‘Like imagine if there was a 9/11 episode of Seinfeld…wait a minute.”
The result is a full, 43-page script that runs George, Jerry, Kramer, and Elaine through the ringer in the days following the attacks, and brings in Newman, Uncle Leo, George’s parents, George Steinbrenner, and Jackie Chiles for good measure.
Seriously, this thing is insane, and plays up to each character’s fatal flaws magnificently. Jerry can’t handle the dust that’s lingering around the city, Elaine‘s having trouble breaking up with a 9/11 survivor, George‘s hero complex has lead him to lie about saving people inside the towers, and Kramer (in probably the shining star of the script) is seeking justice for the box cutter he lost after accidentally lending it to a terrorist ringleader.
The comedy community is going bonkers for it on social media, and with very good reason.
You can read the whole thing embedded below. It’s absolutely worth your time.
For added emphasis, hit play on this bad boy immediately after you finish reading.
Cannot stop laughing at the image of a surgical mask-clad Jerry with his arms folded to his chin seething the word “dust.“
Enjoy the many jobs you’re clearly gonna get after this, Billy. This is a winner.