What’s the deal with the ‘Seinfeld During Covid’ Twitter?

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After about a year in the world of COVID-19, a new Twitter account emerged (as they often do) to add some much-needed humor to the perpetual pandemic. Unlike other meme accounts, this one centers around a still-popular sitcom, “Seinfeld.”

Making its debut on Jan. 6, the “Seinfeld During Covid” account started strong with an episode description detailing the recent events of characters Jerry Seinfeld, George Constanza, Elaine Benes, Newman and Kramer. The antics in the tweet stay true to their personas on the sitcom.

Not only are the tweets true to the show, but they’re also true to real-life situations. Creator of the account, Matt Shirley (who is best-known for making funny graphs on Instagram at @mattsurelee) says he tries “to make every episode description about something that has actually taken place in real life.”

So yes, they’re real and they’re spectacular.

Indeed, we’ve all experienced, or at least witnessed, a foggy face shield or glasses and mask combo, and have seen friends out and about when they weren’t supposed to be. The tweets are funny and authentic, which is just what we need to get through the tough times.

“Whether [the tweets describe] toilet paper hoarding or vaccine debate or zoom meetings, I always want it to be slightly different than an actual episode of ‘Seinfeld’ that would take place in non-Covid times,” shares Shirley.

Shirley is a self-described “huge ‘Seinfeld’ fan.” It shows! His inspiration for the account came from his interest in “different perspectives on huge events.” And, of course, “Seinfeld” is his favorite sitcom. He says starting the account was an “easy decision” to make.

His favorite tweet so far is the one below. Why? Shirley says it “really seems like something George would do” and it’s also an episode he would “definitely…want to write.”

For now he says Jerry Seinfeld hasn’t noticed the account. Come on, Jerry! The account has over 3,000 followers and counting. The tweets won’t stop anytime soon.

“I think as long as there are new stories to do with the trials and tribulations of dealing with a pandemic then there will be some ideas and content to work with. Plus there’s always the reintegration-into-society angle that can be explored,” explains Shirley.

Please do keep the tweets coming—or I might have to bring you up during Festivus.

Featured image credit to Reddit user u/EvilResident662, retrieved via r/Seinfeld subreddit. It depicts Kramer not wearing a mask in a crowd of mask-wearers, in reference to “The Sponge” episode when Kramer refuses to wear an AIDS ribbon at the AIDS walk. In this instance, instead of “ribbon bullies,” the outraged onlookers are the “mask bullies.” (But seriously, just wear your mask.)

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