50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Fred Stoller

This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Maybe We'll Have You BackIf, like me, you’ve spent an alarming percentage of your adolescent and/or adult life watching TV, Fred Stoller, my guest this week, should look exceedingly familiar.

Fred has appeared on countless sitcoms, most notably as Ray’s mopey cousin on Everybody Loves Raymond, as Elaine’s forgetful date on Seinfeld (where he was also a staff writer), and as Monica’s bossy co-worker on Friends. He was also the annoying guy who gets punched through the phone booth in Dumb and Dumber. In animation, Fred could be heard as Stenographer Fred on ABC’s Science Court, and as Rusty the monkey wrench on Disney’s Handy Manny.

Fred wrote the independent feature Fred & Vinnie, which won the audience award at The Austin Film Festival. His book Maybe We’ll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star is in stores, on Amazon, and wherever you buy books. You can find him on Twitter as @Fred_Stoller.

Now being the devout (read “obsessed”) fan of Seinfeld that I am, when I asked Fred my question, I hoped he might take his response in a certain direction. Not only did he do that, but he also gave us a look behind-the-scenes that almost seems like it could have been pulled from an actual episode.

What I wanted to know was:

Of all the TV shows you’ve appeared on, is there one in particular where you would’ve most liked to have become a regular?

For the sake of career it would have to be Seinfeld. I was so thrilled to do even a line on that show, let alone four nice scenes, but you can’t help but be greedy and want more. Look at what a recurring part did for Patrick Warburton, who played Puddy.

I remember after I did my guest spot I was back on the lot doing a recurring part on the short-lived show Can’t Hurry Love. I bumped into Larry David, telling him what I was working on, and he said, “You should be recurring on OUR show.”

I wondered what he meant. Did he want me to do more episodes on Seinfeld but thought I was tied down to that bland show I was working on? And he said it as if being on Seinfeld was such a great idea, but he had no say in such a thing as that. I wondered if I should’ve stayed on him and said I was available to be on his show some more. Guessing though in hindsight, most likely David needed to be agitated about something, even if it were something he didn’t need to be annoyed at.

There you have it: first-person Seinfeld knowledge on tedfoxisawesome.com. What can I say? I am speechless; I am without speech.

Huge thanks to Fred for stopping by this week, and please make sure to check out his book. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go resume hyperventilating.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know. Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.


  1. Meghan Dorn

    Love it! While I don’t have the same love for Seinfeld, my man does, and he enjoyed reading this for different reasons. Great stuff, Ted!

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