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Judge Vandelay

PostPosted: June 18, 2005 4:34 PM 

We often talk about our favorite lines here. (What would this site be without the lines?) But there are some great comedic elements that don't come across in the scripts -- such as those hilarious facial expressions.

Two of my favorites are:

1. When Elaine has to tell Peterman that Susie committed suicide: "Last night, Susie . . . [Elaine makes this perfect grimace] She took her own life."

2. When Kramer and Jerry are in the operating theater, and Kramer goes "psst psst" at the surgeon to get him to move, and the surgeon gives Kramer a look, and Kramer does this sort of "What's your problem?" series of faces.

So, what are YOUR favorites?


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PostPosted: June 18, 2005 5:36 PM 

Jimmy probably listens to the show from another room while working, more often than he actually watches it, and from this Jimmy's noticed there are many, many long moments of laughter without hearing any lines. Have never noticed that as much when listening to other shows.

Elaine has em all beat with her facial expressions. That's probably her main contribution to the show. Her mouth full of Jujyfruits saying "Well, the counter...*cough*...was right there." Or when she contemplates whether or not to pick up her phone for fear of hearing another annoying fax transmission (Jimmy's all-time favorite Elaine moment). And everytime her hatred for Puddy builds to an explosive "I can't take this anymore!"

Although Jimmy's not as "huge" of a Kramer fan as most people here, his facial expressions while telling Joe Devola he fears clowns is a masterpiece.

Jerry's 'Jackie Gleason' face (eyes popping out and off to one side when he's afraid) is a classic.

And Jason... well there are just way too many to list, especially where his parents are involved.

There are a million of them . Good thread, JV.

Jay Reimenschneider

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PostPosted: June 18, 2005 6:04 PM 

Okay so this showed up under the "underrated moments" thread, but...

When George gets his Rascal stuck under Jerry's coffee table and gives him the second horn. The expression is priceless.

Also like Elaine's expressions during her rendition of "Get well, get well soon, we wish you to get well."

Kramer gives a good one when he tells Jerry it's all in the delivery for the "styrofoam peanut" joke.

Jerry has an expression I like which he uses twice: once when George asks what a poet needs an unlisted number for and again when Kramer declares its another Festivus miracle.

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Vile Weed

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PostPosted: June 18, 2005 7:43 PM 

One of the great parts of the show that i'm ashamed i haven't mentioned yet is the facial expression that Jerry uses everytime George says something incredibly insensitive or stupid. His eyes sort of pop out and his mouth opens and he has this look that's half shock and half disgust.

Like when George asks Keith Hernandez about the possibility of a plane crash wiping out an entire baseball team, or when George says that story is the foundation of all story, otherwise it's just masturbation! There are a few others.

Also a personal favorite is after George goes off on his girlfriend about accepting a thank you for the big salad under false pretenses, She replies "All i did was hand someone a bag." As she walks out of the coffeeshop, you can see Georges face go from a look of confidence then slowly he comes to the realization of how ridiculously childish he's acting. And his face says it all "Well, I did it again. I screwed everything up. I'm single again."

Jerry Stiller's face is constantly hilarious. His face can NOT NOT be funny.

The It Girl

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PostPosted: June 18, 2005 7:46 PM 

I like Elaine's expression when she puts her tongue out and opens and closes her mouth as if to say "blah blah blah". Kind of hard to describe.

I also like when Jerry does the sarcastic eye roll as he turns away from one of Kramer's hairbrained ideas.

The It Girl

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PostPosted: June 18, 2005 7:47 PM 

I like Elaine's expression when she puts her tongue out and opens and closes her mouth as if to say "blah blah blah". Kind of hard to describe.

I also like when Jerry does the sarcastic eye roll as he turns away from one of Kramer's hairbrained ideas.

And Jay...the George moment with the Rascal is one of my favorites as well. I don't know exactly why but it gets me rolling everytime.

Latex Salesman

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PostPosted: June 19, 2005 12:51 AM 

When Kramer fills a seat at the Tonys, he smacks the guy in front of him, and makes a face while pointing at the lady next to him, implying "she did it."

When Elaine can't go to the movies because Mr. Pitt demands that she goes over his mail with him over the phone, and she tells Jerry "I can't go". I love that face... she does it in a couple of other situations too.

Oh yeah, when the tobacco company lady says that Kramer portrays a rather masculinity, he makes an awesome face at her.

Assistant to the Traveling Secretary

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PostPosted: June 19, 2005 1:39 AM 

Kramer in the police lineup pointing blatantly to the guy next to him. Laughing

Kramer with his goofy smile and raising his hand when the baybee's father points him out to the cop in the shrinkage/lobster episode.

Jerry's back and forth look of horror when he sees Papi fix his hair and walk out of the toilet without washing his hands.


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PostPosted: June 19, 2005 2:43 AM 

Rio, that look that Kramer gives the guy at the Tonys is one of Kramer's all-time best ever... when he's chewing on jerky... that is one crazy bastard... didn't even think of that scene. He nods his head over to blame someone else the same way he does in the police line-up. Michael's facial expressions and absurd lines are his claim to fame as far as Jimmy's concerned. Who needs all of the boring slips and falls (although, him falling in his underwear at Calvin Klien is one of the few great ones).

How about that famous Kramer off-centered grin with the raised eyebrows... you all know the one... he does it all the time, but Jimmy can only remember the one with Mel Torme singing to him, right now... It's like he's posing for a photograph. Think he does it while strutting around in his underwear at Calvin Klien too. He and Julia are the facial expression masters.

This thread could be a very, very long one. As JC would say, you have scratched Jimmy where he itches, because facial expressions are how you separate a real actor from an amateur, and Jimmy pays more attention to that more than anything. These four actors are the closest to ever come even remotely close to another Jackie Gleason, Don Knotts, or Lucille Ball in that department.

Jimmy's gonna gather a fews good George expressions and come back... there are so many, it's overwhelming.


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PostPosted: June 19, 2005 9:41 AM 

Kramer (in the dealership ep.), after he says, "Can I interest you ladies in some supplemental restraint?"

Latex Salesman

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PostPosted: June 19, 2005 9:49 AM 

Oh crap, I forgot to mention my favorite George expression. It's when his answering machine greeting message is playing and he's dancing to it. He makes a priceless face during the "where could I be.." part.

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: June 19, 2005 9:59 AM 

Many have already been noted and are good ones, but...

One of my all time favorite is Jerry, when he and Gerorge call in Elaine to see if women are aware of shrinkage.

Jerry: Like when a man goes swimming... afterwards...

The face he gives is classic.

Newman whenever he gets upset, or smug, or evil. OK, just about all the time.

My favorite of all is Kramer as Dr. Van Nostrand, especially when George wants him to "examine" Kruger and he is in a hurry and trying to push Kramer through the door. Kramer stops and MUST "assume" the Van Nostrand face before walking through the door. That one cracks me up evrytime.

And that Morty!

Elaine with the evilest of looks just before throwing George's piece out of the window, then immediately reverting to the happy, "pleased with herself" look.

George glowering in the car after Kramer has taken the suicide misson to the airport instead of George's perfect "Grand Central/Van Wyk" plan.

Jimmy's right, the number is overwhelming and I've but scratched the tip of great ones.

Jay Reimenschneider

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PostPosted: June 19, 2005 6:49 PM 

Props to you three who mentioned:
1) Kramer at the Tony's;
2) George during "Where could I be?'; and
3) Kramer as Van Nostrand.

And now I submit:

Kramer when he is connecting the dots between Gendison and Pinkus. He turns to Jerry with a great expression of realization, accomplishment for figuring it all out, and fear of what may happen.


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PostPosted: June 20, 2005 12:25 AM 

Jerry has a good recurring expression whenever something unfortunate happens to someone else. Best example off the top of my head is in "The Strike," when Frank loses his train of thought at the Festivus dinner. Jerry's reaction is priceless.

Also, Jerry's expression when George returns Mrs. Ross's phone call. George goes, "Hi, Mrs. Ross. This is George. Susan's... friend." Again, Jerry's reaction is perfect.

And finally, Elaine makes a good face when Jerry asks her what she thinks about... guys who haven't had the snip.

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: June 20, 2005 10:41 AM 

Gack, I think you're referring to Jerry's non-verbal "that's a shame" look! Smile Another is when Jean-Paul Jean-Paul scalds himself with Kramer's hot beverage. Those are great.

Speaking of Kramer, how about the looks that accompany:


Rabid Anti-Dentite

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PostPosted: June 27, 2005 1:04 PM 

i once knew a horse named rusty. no offence.

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: June 27, 2005 3:50 PM 


I'm NOT a pimp! Crying or Very Sad

Yev Kassem

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PostPosted: June 27, 2005 4:26 PM 

The Serenity Now. Just after Patty breaks up with him Jerry for yelling at her and Elaine asks him to go to La Caridad.

Jerry: "That's the last thing she said to me. She wanted to go there also, but I wasn't in the mood."

Jerry has this pathetic, sad, frowning face on the verge of tears.. very funny (I watch on DVR and paused the frame to study the face) it is priceless!!

Yev Kassem

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PostPosted: June 27, 2005 4:28 PM 

oops- lose the first 'him'


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PostPosted: June 27, 2005 5:58 PM 

How bout Marine biologist when george is telling the story all the facial expressions are priceless. Even george telling the story his facial expressions are hilarious and when pulls the titleist out kramer's face is the most funny Ive ever seen

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: June 27, 2005 6:56 PM 

In that scene, I thought the facial expressions were a bit overdone.

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