Bob Odenkirk Fans May Have Missed His ‘Seinfeld’ Appearance

When Bob Odenkirk appeared on Seinfeld in 1996, he was already making a name for himself in the world of sketch comedy. The actor had other credits to his name, but he had yet to land the role that would skyrocket him to stardom. That role would come more than a decade later when he was cast as Saul Goodman in AMC’s breaking Bad. Odenkirk then starred in the spin-off series, You better call Saulbut there are some things fans might not know about his early career.

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Bob Odenkirk starred in an episode of “Seinfeld”

In the late 1980s and 1990s, Odenkirk was a screenwriter for comedy sketches such as Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Showaccording to IMDb. He also made small appearances on TV shows such as Roseane and 3rd Rock of the Sun. In 1996, Bob Odenkirk portrayed Ben in Seinfeld Season 8 Episode 9, “The Abstinence.”

Odenkirk’s character is a doctor and one of Elaine’s love interests. In “The Abstinence”, he confesses that he is not yet a doctor because he failed the doctor’s license exam three times. Elaine tries to show off her doctor boyfriend in front of Sue Ellen. However, everything blows up in his face when he is unable to help when someone is collapsing. After Ben passes his exam and becomes a full doctor, he breaks up with Elaine.

Odenkirk breaks down his role on the sitcom

By speaking with QGBob Odenkirk has broken down his role in Seinfeld and his time on the show. “I was just offered this role on Seinfeld. And it was a great experience. You know, Seinfeld worked like a laugh machine, and not in a bad way, not in a cold, insensitive and mechanical way, but in a reliable and professional way,” the actor said.

“So I walked in, acted, didn’t have to overdo the person, just played it seriously. It was a great, great experience,” he continued. “They were such a team, on the same page, working so well together, that you just try to catch up and say your lines at the right time, and you’ll be fine.”

Odenkirk also revealed, “I haven’t watched Seinfeld until it’s long been over. My girlfriend at the time was a big fan, so I sure knew it was great, but the last time I really saw Larry David was at the Improv in New York when I was writing for Saturday Night Live and he was totally out of work. The actor added, “Now that I’ve watched every episode, it’s one of my top three sitcoms of all time.”

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“Better Call Saul” started out as a joke idea

Odenkirk went on to have a plethora of eclectic acting roles. Today, the actor is best known as Saul Goodman, his breaking Bad character that was introduced in 2009. According to Weekly entertainmentthe idea for a Saul Goodman spin-off started as a joke in the writer’s bedroom.

“They say all good jokes have some truth to them,” said You better call Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan, “and the more we made this joke, the clearer it became that there really was something here.” Now You better call Saul is in its sixth and final season and has gained enough success to rival even its parent series.

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