‘Seinfeld’: Amy Schumer Says Elaine Benes Was a Major Influence on Her Growing Up

by Jeremy Spirogis
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld on

Seinfeld was a giant affect on Amy Schumer within the 90s. The comic and actor grew up watching the TV present starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander. But one character impacted Schumer greater than others: Louis-Dreyfus’ Elaine Benes. 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld on 'Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld on Seinfeld | Joey Delvalle/NBCU Photo Bank

Elaine Benes from ‘Seinfeld’ broke the mould for girls on TV

The solely feminine lead on Seinfeld, Elaine’s angle made her in contrast to every other girl on TV. Throughout Seinfeld’s nine-season run, she had many scene-stealing moments. 

There have been the dance strikes Seinfeld producers thought would damage Louis-Dreyfus’ profession. And Elaine determining whether or not or not a person was “sponge-worthy.”

Seinfeld is an iconic sequence with memorable characters. No one can neglect Kramer’s entrances or Jerry’s puffy shirt that’s now within the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. But it’s Louis-Dreyfus’ character that resonated with Schumer as a child.

Amy Schumer on Elaine Benes: She ‘contributed to my development’

The Schumer the world is aware of today is, at the least partially, due to Elaine on Seinfeld. As the Trainwreck star informed Time, Elaine impacted her not solely as an individual however as a comic too.

Amy Schumer at the premiere of 'I Feel Pretty'Amy Schumer at the premiere of 'I Feel Pretty'
Amy Schumer on the premiere of I Feel Pretty | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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Schumer remembered seeing Elaine do stuff ladies didn’t do. 

“She didn’t do the things that we’re all taught, as women, to do: be selfless, control your impulses,” Schumer stated. “She had no interest in filling that role we’d all been sold about how women were supposed to be.”

“That probably contributed to my development as a person as well as a comedian,” she added. 

Schumer presently stars in Food Network’s Amy Schumer Learns to Cook, together with her husband, chef Chris Fischer. Before starring on her personal cooking present, Schumer performed the lead position in I Feel Pretty and Snatched.

She additionally has various standup comedy specials and is a broadcast writer. Schumer launched The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo in 2016. 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus fought to get ‘really meaty comedy stuff’ on ‘Seinfeld’

Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t purported to be on Seinfeld initially. Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the present’s creators, solely added Elaine after NBC insisted. Louis-Dreyfus fought to get “really funny stuff” for her character.

“I didn’t think I was getting enough really meaty comedy stuff,” she stated in a 2006 DVD-extra documentary about Seinfeld, based on Time. “I had stuff, but it wasn’t, like, the really funny stuff.” 

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As Seinfeld followers know, Louis-Dreyfus has humorous moments as Elaine. Her efficiency went over so effectively with critics and viewers that Louis-Dreyfus gained a Golden Globe in 1994. 

Had Louis-Dreyfus not fought to get extra substantial storylines for Elaine, the character won’t have had a profound influence on Schumer. 

Watch Seinfeld on Hulu till 2021 when it turns into obtainable on Netflix.

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