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The picture you see above, oh, that's just Jason Alexander, who played one of TV's all-time greatest characters, Seinfeld's George Costanza, working as a barista (who makes latte art!) in a Nickelback music video. *allows a moment for a collective sigh* Since Seinfeld went off the air 14 years ago, the four main cast members have had a varying degree of success, which is to say: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has become a national treasure, while Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander have either not wanted to work or have struggled to find roles worthy of their talent. Alexander's Nickelback appearance (that hurts to type) inspired a trip through the actor's IMDb pages, to choose their five best and seven worst post-Seinfeld roles. First, the best.

#5. Jerry Seinfeld on The Larry Sanders Show finale, "Flip"

#4-2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and Veep

#1. Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm

#7. Jason Alexander in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

A movie so bad, Alexander actually publicly apologized for his involvement with it. And yet he remains mum on Bob Patterson.

#6. Jerry Seinfeld in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

To quote Dustin:

Earlier today, I sat down and watched the premiere episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I can now confirm to the rest of the world that the web series is, in fact, about comedians in cars getting coffee. It’s riveting stuff.

I don’t want to give you the full blow-by-blow here because I’m afraid that the overstimulation may short-circuit your brain. I’ll say this much, though: The first six minutes involved Jerry Seinfeld “in a car” with “comedian” Larry David. It was an Azure VW Bug, to be precise, and to go into anymore detail than that might spoil your “fun.” (Via)

The web series really earns its "Today I Wasted 13 Minutes of My Life on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" headline.

#5. Michael Richards in The Michael Richards Show

Since Seinfeld went off the air in 1998, Michael Richards has only five acting credits on IMDb (and one racist tirade), including a show baring his name. Seinfeld, it wasn't. Richards played Vic Nardozza, a detective that the actor wanted to be as dissimilar to Kramer as possible. NBC disagreed, however, and the private dick was rewritten with words like "bumbling" in mind. The Michael Richards Show lasted seven episodes, and it's only because of THIS WHOLE THING that it's not the go-to Michael Richards punchline.

#4. Jerry Seinfeld in The Marriage Ref

Here's how this show came to be.

NBC EXECUTIVE: "WE NEED HIT SHOW NOW. JERRY SEINFELD MAKE HIT SHOW FOR US. WE CALL JERRY SEINFELD."

/phone rings

JERRY SEINFELD: "Hello? This had better be important. My pool full of money is at just the right temperature."

NBC EXECUTIVE: "HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TWO POOLS FULL OF MONEY?"

Thus, The Marriage Ref was born.

#3. Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards in Bee Movie

Take it away, Nicolas Cage:

(Via)

#2. Jason Alexander in Listen Up!

The video above is titled "The Best of Listen Up!" That's a lie. There is no best of Listen Up!, a show that screamed punchlines at viewers like the exclamation point in its title; there is just Listen Up!, based on the life and times of sportswriter and Pardon the Interruption host Tony Kornheiser. Making a show about Kornheiser — who is not only sexist and a dick, but also an often crappy journalist — is like making a movie about the bassist for Mott the Hoople. There's no market for the topic, and yet, Listen Up! still happened (on CBS, naturally). You can practically hear Jason Alexander screaming, "I used to be on Seinfeld."

#1. Jason Alexander in the music video for Nickelback's "Trying Not to Love You"

It gets worse:

uhhhhhh yeah... idk I liked the song, but wtf was that or a music video?

Are they kidding me?? I love the song but the video clip sucks!

For such a great song what a let down with the video. That seinfeld guy can suck a dick. Nickelback still rules anyway!

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