Al Roker and Jerry Seinfeld Attended College Together

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jerry Seinfeld and Bryant Gumbel in a scene from

Back within the 1970’s, future introduced collectively – at SUNY Oswego – two main personalities who would make a big splash on tv, and on the NBC community, particularly.

Jerry Seinfeld and Bryant Gumbel in a scene from 'Seinfeld'
Jerry Seinfeld and former ‘Today’ anchor Bryant Gumbel in a scene from ‘The Puffy Shirt’ episode of ‘Seinfeld’ | Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank

Al Roker and Jerry Seinfeld didn’t notice it on the time once they met, however every had extremely brilliant futures forward of them.

Seinfeld was destined to create his iconic present about nothing

Seinfeld, created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, was birthed in discussions between the 2 comedians in Korean delis, diners, and their houses.

Right out the gate from its pilot episode, the present did dreadfully, in accordance with Kevin Reilly, a improvement government at NBC in the course of the 1980s.

“It was probably the lowest-testing pilot in the history of NBC,” Reilly advised Business Insider in 2017.

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David on the set of 'Seinfeld', 1998Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David on the set of 'Seinfeld', 1998
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David on the set of ‘Seinfeld’, 1998 | David Hume Kennerly/ Getty Images

Reilly mentioned the feedback from the early evaluations have been brutal.

” ‘These are losers,’” Reilly recalled the comments as saying. ” ‘It’s not humorous.’ ‘We know who Jerry Seinfeld is. He should not do this show.’ “

But the NBC higher-ups liked the present, believed in it, and even scraped up financing to offer the present a four-episode order, hoping this might give the comedy a lifeline. Warren Littlefield, former NBC leisure president, remembered pulling for Seinfeld to succeed.

“We loved it,” Littlefield mentioned. “We picked up all this other crap and finally we were running out of options and time and there was a late-night meeting with finance and [then-NBC scheduling executive Preston Beckman].”

While the present landed within the prime 50 in its preliminary seasons, it recurrently turned a No. 1 present, the one about nothing.

Roker ended up on a present about every little thing

Al Roker graduated from SUNY in 1976 and ultimately ended up at NBC affiliate WKYC-TV in Cleveland, which ultimately led to his “stint” on Today, the place the favored character recurrently greets guests out on the Today Show plaza.

“After five successful years in Cleveland . . .,” Roker writes in his memoir, Never Goin’ Back. “I was promoted to the network’s flagship outlet, WNBC-TV in New York, as a weekend meteorologist. . . I was so excited to be in the number-one market in television.”

Roker saved climbing from success to success, going from weekend climate forecaster on the native New York station to day by day broadcasts. Then, he was introduced on board to “Weekend Today,” and ultimately, in 1996 (across the similar time Seinfeld was topping the tv charts), Roker formally turned a part of the Today present crew, letting Americans know what the climate was “in their neck of the woods.”

“I’ve been standing on the sidewalks outside of Studio 1-A ever since,” he writes. “Not every weatherman wants to go outside in the rain to shake hands with whoever shows up, but I actually look forward to it every single day. I’ve got one of the best jobs in the world and for that, I am tremendously grateful.”

Al Roker explains how he and Jerry Seinfeld met at school

While Jerry Seinfeld didn’t end his faculty diploma at SUNY as Roker did, the latter didn’t overlook that he’d met the long run comic, as he associated in his memoir.

Al Roker in 'The Cigar Store Indian' episode of 'Seinfeld'Al Roker in 'The Cigar Store Indian' episode of 'Seinfeld'
Al Roker in ‘The Cigar Store Indian’ episode of ‘Seinfeld’

“I never had a desire to be an on-camera television personality so much as an interest in working behind the camera,” Roker writes. I needed to be a producer or a director. After I took my first Television Performance class, the radio and TV Department chairman, Dr. Lewis O’Donnell, advised me I had the proper face for. . .radio.”

“There was a kid from Long Island in that class. A quiet guy who wanted to do stand-up comedy. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Jerry Seinfeld? Yeah. He left after sophomore year to go to Queens College and be closer to the stand-up scene in NYC. Imagine what he could’ve achieved if he’d stayed in Oswego for the full four years.”

The two males reunited years later when Roker made a visitor look on Seinfeld in “The Cigar Store Indian” episode.

While Roker and Seinfeld didn’t graduate collectively, their successes have outlined the previous couple of a long time in tv for generations of viewers.

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