The NYC soup kitchen made famous by "Seinfeld's" Soup Nazi has an enormous problem with its stock ... a problem that has triggered a million dollar lawsuit.
It seems Soupman needed some quick cash, and a woman named Penny Hart came to the rescue. She claims in a new lawsuit she loaned Soupman a ton of cash ... in all she says she's owed more than $1.5 mil.
Hart says Soupman had 2 options -- either pay her back the money or give her 500,000 shares of stock in the company.
Short story -- Hart says Soupman screwed her and she's been stewing ever since. Now Hart wants payback.
A rep for Soupman says Penny will get the stock as soon as she holds up her end of the bargain. The rep didn't explain what she's supposed to do.
Loaning money to a soup kitchen is bisquey business.
Jerry and George Reunited at Tom's Restaurant
1/13/2014 2:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander reunited Monday for a SECRET project ... inside the famous diner where Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer dished about nothing.
Someone on the crew told our photog Jerry and Jason -- and possibly Larry David, who was also there -- were filming a Super Bowl commercial.
But another crew guy said the shoot was for an episode of Jerry's webshow "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" -- but that guy got kinda hinky when we pressed him about the Super Bowl. If we had to bet, our money is on Super Bowl.
Jerry left through the front but was mum ... Jason and Larry snuck out of the side door.
No puffy shirts were spotted.
'Walking Dead' Star
You'd Probably Die in Zombie Apocalypse
10/25/2013 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jerry Seinfeld would probably not survive a zombie apocalypse ... neither would Jennifer Aniston or even Bill Cosby ... this according to "Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus.
The slayer of the undead was leaving LAX this week, when we asked the single most important question we may have ever asked any celebrity ... ever:
Which sitcom cast is best equipped to survive a zombie invasion ... Seinfeld, Friends or Cosby?
Reedus answered the question -- but he didn't pick one of our options. He put his money on a cast that's way more aggressive ... a cast that once got violent over Palestinian chicken.
Pretty, prettty, prettttty good choice.
'Seinfeld' Star Estelle Harris
... But I Kicked Its Ass!!!
10/2/2013 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Estelle Harris -- who famously played George Costanza's mother on "Seinfeld" -- says she's ALL GOOD after doctors found cancer on her nose ... telling TMZ they "got it all out."
Harris -- who also voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" movies -- was out at the Arclight theater in Hollywood last night sporting a bandage on her face.
Harris was playfully telling fans she hadn't gotten a nose job -- but rather underwent a medical procedure to treat the cancer.
But don't worry, Estelle says she's conquered the beast -- and she's in great spirits about it.
In fact, when we asked her about her favorite episode of "Seinfeld," she gave us a pretty racy answer.
This woman is awesome.
Checks Into Rehab
for Pill Addiction
8/27/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Pinette -- best known for his role as the fat guy who got mugged in the "Seinfeld" finale -- has checked himself into rehab after becoming addicted to prescription medication ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for the venue in Canada where John was set to perform in next month says Pinette had to postpone the gig because he was checking into a rehab facility for his addiction.
The rep says John -- who also had his own Comedy Central special in 2011 -- underwent surgery earlier this year and got hooked to the prescription medication he was taking.
John has since tweeted to his fans about the situation -- saying, "Thanks to everyone for your concern and well wishes.. Want to apologize for having missed shows last weekend, but I hope you understand!"
In case you're not a "Seinfeld" fan (WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!?) ... Here's his famous scene from the super disappointing finale.
At least the reunion on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" kinda-sorta-not-really made up for it.
What's the Deal with
My Seinfeld Impression?
5/3/2013 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you can't get Jerry Seinfeld to do it, who better to judge someone's Seinfeld impression than the man who played his best friend for nine seasons ... Jason Alexander.
Not only did Alexander tolerate our photog's attempt to do Jerry outside Spago yesterday in Beverly Hills, but the man best known for playing George Costanza even gave our guy a handful of constructive feedback ... and gave him a pretty good overall rating.
Could he have been any nicer?
4/21/2013 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Should TBS Have Pulled
2/26/2012 3:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Almost a week after "Seinfeld" star Daniel Von Bargen attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head, an episode of the show entitled "The Suicide" -- during which Jerry Seinfeld jokes about people who try and commit suicide, but fail (see above) -- aired on TBS.
The episode originally aired in 1992 and Von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger, didn't begin his stint on the show until years later. The episode aired again last night. TBS had no comment.
So we gotta ask ...
The Soup Nazi
6/14/2010 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Larry Thomas is best known for playing the bisque and broth bad boy The Soup Nazi on the '90s TV comedy "Seinfeld." Guess what he looks like now!
'Seinfeld' Star -- Let's Talk About My Crash ...
5/6/2010 3:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Alexander might be the best celebrity to get into a car accident with -- because the "Seinfeld" star tells us he's kept in touch with the 14-year-old bike rider who crashed into him last month.
As TMZ first reported, Alexander was involved in a car vs. bike collision in L.A. back in April -- cops quickly determined that Jason was not at fault.
As for the kid's condition, the kid suffered minor lacerations -- but Alexander tells us the boy is now doing "absolutely fine."
Susan on 'Seinfeld'
5/3/2010 12:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Swedberg is best known for playing George Costanza's fiancée Susan on the now classic '90s TV series "Seinfeld." Guess what she looks like now!
Michael Richards Takes In a Little Pee Wee
1/13/2010 1:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Richards checked out the "Pee Wee Herman Show" in L.A. last night -- because if there's anything Kramer appreciates, it's a comic with a scandalous past.
Richards even signed a few autographs on the way out of the show -- including one for a guy in a BET shirt ... who happened to be white.
Still, progress is progress.
Kramer Turns Racist Rant Into a Joke
11/17/2009 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Three years ago today, Michael Richards took the stage at the Laugh Factory and unleashed the racist tirade that would change his life forever -- but now he's turning the whole thing into a joke ... arguably inappropriate.
Richards made light of the rant on this weekend's episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." During one of the scenes, Richards -- playing himself -- blows his top at an African-American character, saying, "If only there were a horrible name that I could call you ... that would make you as angry as I am."
A group of spectators who witness the tirade instantly whip out their cell phones and begin to record. Richards, realizing the similarity of events, screams and bolts.
Couple of problems here: First off, the original tirade was shot on a DIGITAL CAMERA -- not a cell phone.
Second: Is Richards mocking himself ... or the digital-recording culture that exposed his greatest mistake? In other words, is Richards and "Curb" trying to make a bad joke out of a serious situation?