Adding his voice to those dissing the US president, comedian Jerry Seinfeld called Donald Trump a “water-gun clown” and said the president’s “happy face” was terrifying.
Seinfeld made the comments during an interview Friday with New Yorker editor David Remnick at the New Yorker Festival.
“Trump’s happy face — that’s the scariest face of all time,” Seinfeld said in an assessment he attributed to his friend, fellow comic and actor Colin Quinn, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “He’s kind of a water-gun clown.”
Remnick asked Seinfeld if he would do an episode of his web series talk show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” together with Trump, as a followup to the session he did with president Barack Obama.
“Please don’t,” Seinfeld said, holding up his hand, according to the report, and then explained that Trump doesn’t have any comedy appeal.
“You have to have some comedic credential to get on that show, and Obama was always so great at those correspondents’ dinners. He was good,” Seinfeld said.
Trump skipped out on the most recent correspondents’ dinner held in April.
The comedian also revealed in the conversation that he still has doubts about the last episode of the nine-season hit sitcom “Seinfeld,” which saw the main characters sent to prison for ignoring the Good Samaritan law.
“I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it,” Seinfeld said. “There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.”
Seinfeld, 63, told Remnick he doesn’t feel accountable for any benefit the alt-right movement may gained due to former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon having a stake in the sitcom, which earned millions for its producers.
Bannon, the executive chair of the right-wing Breitbart news website, began his career as an investment banker. A 1993 deal he brokered for the acquisition of Seinfeld production company Castle Rock Entertainment by Ted Turner left him with a share of the series’ royalties.
Seinfeld pointed out that there are many investors in a television show that the cast was not even aware of. “I mean, there are dozens and dozens of investors and people you don’t know about,” he explained. “These are giant multinational corporations. NBC [and] Turner, and [NBC] got bought by Comcast.”
Bannon has been accused of anti-Semitism and bigotry. He has also called his website a “platform for the alt-right,” a movement that has been accused of xenophobia and racism.
Larry David, the co-creator of the comedy show, said in the past he was unhappy with the association.
“I don’t think I ever heard of him until he surfaced with the Trump campaign and I had no idea that he was profiting from the work of industrious Jews!” David told the New Yorker. Rob Reiner, who helped found Castle Rock, told the magazine that he was “sick” because of the association.
Bannon joined Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign in November 2016 and, following Trump’s success, was appointed his chief strategist. He left the White House in August 2017, several months after he was removed from his position on the National Security Council. He has denied all accusations of bigotry.
“Seinfeld” ran for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998 and is considered one of the top US comedy shows of all time.
A May 2017 report by the New Yorker cast doubts on how much, if anything at all, Bannon may have earned for his stake in “Seinfeld.”
JTA contributed to this report.