Steven Hytner ('Kenny Bania')
"I read for three or four different roles before getting Kenny Bania. The character description just said 'the most annoying guy in the world,' and I remember thinking, 'I don't really have a feel for this guy.' I remember hearing other people auditioning, and that's when it hit me: What if he's not annoying for the sake of of it, what if he just so desperately wants to be Jerry's friend that he comes off annoying? So I made him an upbeat annoying guy. That seemed to make all the difference in the world. Jerry [Seinfeld] and Larry [David] were in the room and, as soon as I started doing that character, they just exploded in laughter. It was a relief."
"The tapings of the show were like rock concerts back then. Jerry would do 10 to 15 minutes of stand-up, right up front. There would be a band playing in between scenes. When we were going to do the taping, it hit me that I was going to do this insanely broad character on the Number One show in the world. You don't want to bomb on the Number One show doing something way too big. Jerry kept saying, 'Please just trust it. It's going to be awesome.' I think that one of my first lines was, 'Yeah, I'm huge!' — and the audience just exploded. I'll always remember Jerry sitting in the booth at the diner and him looking up at me with this look on his eyes like 'I told you so.'"
"I feel lucky and blessed to have been a part of Seinfeld. Out of everyone from the show, I've kept in touch most with Patrick Warburton, who played Puddy, the most. When we did the final episode, he took out an ad in Variety, saying he wanted to thank NBC, Castle Rock [Entertainment], Jerry, Larry and everyone associated with one of the most amazing experiences he could have ever had. 'I wish I could have taken out a full-page article,' he wrote, 'but I'm sure it's better than what that cheapskate Hytner did.' And he was right [laughs]."