Seinfeld – M*A*S*H Plagiarism

For an extensive list of plot borrowings other similarities between Seinfeld and The Andy Griffith Show, see my January post:    https://pervertedwisdom.com/2017/01/10/seinfeld-andy-griffith-similarities/

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Trump Is No Hitler

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Hitler:  Had a weird haircut that later became popular among the New Wavers of the 1980s

Trump:  Has an even stranger hairstyle that will never become popular because it’s obviously ridiculous, even to New Wavers (Flock of Seagulls notwithstanding)

Hitler:  Served in World War I for the duration and twice won the Iron Cross for bravery

Trump:  Dodged the draft; never served; never would serve; almost shit his pants when an unarmed protester rushed the stage

Hitler:  Did not incite riots after being denied the Chancellorship in 1932 even though he had obtained the largest plurality of votes

Trump:  Threatens riots if he falls short of the necessary votes to win the nomination

Hitler:  Eschewed profanity; never swore in public

Trump:  Fuckin’ swears all the time

Hitler:  Successfully built the Atlantic Wall and the Siegfried Line

Trump:  Talks a bunch of shit about a wall that will never get built and which we don’t need anyway

Trump:  Publicly called Mexicans rapists and criminals

Hitler:  Never said anything bad about Mexicans

Hitler:  Stirred up less-educated people to hate minorities, foreigners and political opponents

Trump:  Same thing…but other than that minor detail, he’s no Hitler

Morning Joe = Howard Stern Show?

Summary/overview:  One cool guy surrounded by an uptight upper-middle-class co-host and a technical staff that sometimes messes up, with guests and part-time panelists that are either geeks and freaks (male news guys) or babes and milfs.(female news dolls). Female co-host has a lovely engaging laugh but does not cheaply bestow it on the “boys’ humor” that often threatens to undo the whole show. Of course, her disapproval makes their humor all the more funny, supposedly.

Joe =  Howard.

Mika = Robin.

TJ = Gary Dell’Abate.

Steve Rattner = Beetlejuice

So far, pretty obvious.

But even Joe Scarborough’s conservatism in a sea of liberal MSNBC-people is similar to Howard Stern’s philosophical position on his old radio show, for Howard was the nagging family guy in a sea of single sex freaks, and Howard was always telling his freaky guests to be more responsible and to grow up and be careful. Yes, Howard was a conservative–a social conservative! (Relative to his melieu.)

Another similarity between the two shows is the imperious, dictatorial atmosphere on the set during airtime whereby everybody is apparently in fear of getting fired by the host or co-host for any kind of reason.

There are numerous other similarities in style and format: the rock music interludes, of course: the idea of a public forum where even conservative guests (celebrities in Stern’s case) will be deliberately put outside their comfort zone; the selective releases of too much personal information about the host, co-host or panelists’ private lives; repeating the 6:00 AM broadcast at 8:00 AM, etc.

Mike Barnacle = Fred

John Heileman = Arte Lange

Willie Geist = Jackie the Jokeman Martling

Louis Burgdorf = Stuttering John

Donnie Deutsch = Ralph

Brian Shachtman, Bill Karins, and Brian Sullivan = latest intern to be abused

But, I gotta say, the romantic photographs of Joe and Mika–soaking in the sunset, napping in the park together, the one with the foot-massage, etc.–that’s original. Howard and Robin never did that when they had a TV show. Howard’s wives would have prevented it.