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Encyclopedia > Coffee Table Book (Seinfeld)

The Coffee Table Book About Coffee Tables is a fictional book written by Cosmo Kramer, featured in the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer. ... NBC, the National Broadcasting Company, is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Seinfeld is an American television situation comedy set in New York City that ran from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. ...


Origin

Kramer's idea to create a coffee table book "about coffee tables" originated in the fifth season of the series. Kramer's quest to get the book published became a running gag throughout the season. It was Kramer's girlfriend Toby (who worked at Pendant Publishing) from the episode "The Fire" that allowed the book to get published. A coffee table book is a style of hardcover book designed to rest on a coffee table or similar surface in an area where guests sit and are entertained, thus provoking conversation or alleviating boredom. ... The following is an episode guide for the NBC series, Seinfeld. ... // Elaine Elaine exclaims Get OUT! and pushes someone down. ... Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes Elaine Marie Benes, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was a fictional character on the US television sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998). ...


The storyline reached its end in the Season 5 finale "The Opposite," which featured Kramer making a guest appearance on Regis and Kathie Lee to promote the book. It was at the end of his appearance that he took a sip of hot coffee and spit it out all over Kathie Lee, which caused Lippman (Elaine's boss and the head of Pendant) to discontinue TV promotion on the book. Coffee in beverage form. ... VHS box cover of Kathie Lees Rock n Tots Cafe: A Christmas Giff starring Kathie Lee Gifford, copyright 1995 Rock n Tots Joint Venture. ...


The Book Itself

In "The Opposite," Regis describes the book as being filled with pictures of celebrity coffee tables. It was then that Kramer revealed that the book itself had fold-out legs and could turn into a coffee table of its own if the owner did not have one. The legs were shown to support the weight of a coffee mug when placed on the cover. Regis Philbin as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (born August 25, 1931) is an experienced American talk show host whose career has included stints as a game show host and all-purpose television personality. ... A coffee table is a style of long, low table which is designed to be placed in front of a couch, to support beverages (hence the name), magazines, books, and other small items to be used while sitting. ...


Character Reactions

Elaine Benes was portrayed as disliking Kramer's idea to write the book. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes Elaine Marie Benes is a fictional character on the US television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. ...


 
 

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