There are a lot of classic moments in Seinfeld, and no character owns the majority. But there’s a certain sort of person who gravitates toward the hard-to-love, self-admitted loser George Contanza. (“Can’t stand ya.”) Apparently 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings is firmly in the Costanza camp. This allegiance may help explain how Dennings can play for laughs so well that viewers can almost forget–for a moment–Dennings’ very distracting beauty. We now know Dennings must channel George, whose physical attractiveness was always considered an acquired taste, at best, on Seinfeld.
Jennings recently told James Corden on The Late Late Show that she has actually used a classic Constanza moment in her real life for years. There’s a Seinfeld scene where George sings his voicemail message to the theme song of an old 1970s goofball superhero show, The Greatest American Hero. Dennings liked the performance so much she recorded it off YouTube and used it for her own phone greeting. Jason Alexander, who riotously embodied Constanza on Seinfeld, was also a guest on Corden’s show. So he, to Kat Dennings’ utter delight, recorded a personal version for her future use. It went like this: “Believe it or not, Kat isn’t at home, please leave a message at the beep. She must be out or she’d pick up the phone. Where could she be? Believe it or not, Kat’s not home.”
Here’s Jason Alexander and Kat Dennings on The Late Late Show:
Here’s the original: