In a stroke of luck, last week HuffPost Live hosted two distantly connected personalities in back-to-back segments. Twenty minutes before John O'Hurley, who played the memorable J. Peterman on "Seinfeld," came to the set, the show hosted Josh Gondelman, the co-author of the famous Modern Seinfeld Twitter account. Ironically enough, O'Hurley spent part of his interview speculating about what "Seinfeld" would look like today, which is the basis of the aforementioned Twitter sensation.
O'Hurley, who stopped by HuffPost Live to chat about the upcoming 13th installment of "The National Dog Show," said that while "Seinfeld" reiterated in current times would still be funny, it would lose a key element thanks to technology.
"I think it would've been a different show," O'Hurley told host Ricky Camilleri. "Not that it wouldn't have still been funny, but it would've been a different show because everything was about communicating. People would sit around in an apartment and they would talk. They wouldn't be dropping into their cell phones every two seconds."
O'Hurley, who appeared in 20 episodes of the series, holds fond memories of the show and had a policy while on set to tell all extras to remember every detail of working on the show, from what they ate to how long the shoot was. He saw the beauty of the show in its conversation and its ability to analyze and make commentary about society through that lens.
"It was about conversation. And because it was about conversation, it could be about colloquialisms and things that they created," O'Hurley said. "The only thing that really dates a 'Seinfeld' episode, aside from Keith Hernandez, is the pull-up phone Jerry has."
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