David Mandel

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David H. Mandel (born 1970) is an executive producer and showrunner of Veep and formerly an executive producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm,[1] and one of the producers of the teen-comedy Eurotrip. He was a writer for Seinfeld during its seventh, eighth, and ninth seasons. He is also one of the creators of Clerks: The Animated Series, and he was a writer for Saturday Night Live. He had a brief stint as a host of Dave and Steve's Video Game Explosion, a comedy video game review show that aired late nights on TBS as part of the Burly Bear Network. The show only lasted a few episodes before the entire block was canceled.

Mandel is also one of the authors of Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, a comprehensive collection of Star Wars artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, published in 2016 by Abrams Books.[2]

He is Jewish.[3]

Seinfeld episodes[edit]

Mandel wrote the Seinfeld episode "The Bizarro Jerry", and on the commentary track to the DVD, has stated that this was his favorite Seinfeld of the episodes he wrote.

Season 7: 1995–1996[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate Production Code
118"The Pool Guy"Andy AckermanDavid MandelNovember 16, 1995 (1995-11-16)708
Elaine befriends Susan. Jerry meets his pool guy outside a movie, and then he can't get rid of him. George is worried by Elaine wanting to get to know Susan. Kramer's new phone number is similar to a film information line. When Kramer keeps getting wrong numbers, he begins giving out the information for movie show times a la "Moviefone".
128"The Friars Club"Andy AckermanDavid MandelMarch 7, 1996 (1996-03-07)718
George successfully delays his wedding. Jerry goes out with Susan's best friend. Jerry loses a jacket he "borrowed" for dinner at the Friars Club. Kramer tries to duplicate the sleeping patterns of Da Vinci. Peterman hires a deaf employee (Rob Schneider) and Elaine suffers the consequences, when she gets loaded with most of his work.

Season 8: 1996–1997[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate Production Code
137"The Bizarro Jerry"Andy AckermanDavid MandelOctober 3, 1996 (1996-10-03)803
Elaine's new friends are direct opposites of Jerry, George and Kramer. Jerry dates a woman with "man hands". George uses a picture of Jerry's date to meet supermodels. Kramer uses a bathroom in an office building and starts working there.
143"The Abstinence"Andy AckermanDavid MandelNovember 21, 1996 (1996-11-21)809
George's girlfriend has infectious mononucleosis and they will not be able to have sex for at least 6 weeks. Jerry agrees to make an appearance at his former junior high school's career day. Elaine meets a doctor who does not have a license yet. Kramer smokes in the coffee shop and is asked to leave.
149"The Susie"Andy AckermanDavid MandelFebruary 13, 1997 (1997-02-13)815
Elaine creates an alter ego named "Susie" who co-workers believe is actually real. Jerry's ex-friend who once labeled him a "phony" becomes a bookie. George's girlfriend wants to break up with him but he avoids it by screening his phone calls. Kramer places a bet.

Season 9: 1997–1998[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate Production Code
157"The Butter Shave"Andy AckermanAlec Berg & Jeff Schaffer and David MandelSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)901
Kramer starts using butter as an aftershave. George uses a cane when he applies for an interview at a sporting goods firm, where they think he is disabled. Jerry is annoyed that Kenny Bania is a "time slot hit." Elaine goes to Europe with David Puddy.
158"The Voice"Andy AckermanAlec Berg & Jeff Schaffer and David MandelOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)902
George's employer learns that George is not actually handicapped. Jerry creates a voice in response to the sounds his girlfriend's stomach makes. Kramer hires a New York University intern to be his assistant. Elaine begins seeing Puddy again.
164"The Betrayal"Andy AckermanPeter Mehlman & David MandelNovember 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)908
Elaine drags Jerry and George to India where they attend the wedding of Sue Ellen Mischke. Jerry's ex-girlfriend, Nina, begins dating George. Kramer learns that a friend wishes he would drop dead. (All of the events in the episode occur backwards with the end at the beginning and vice versa).
175"The Maid"Andy AckermanAlec Berg & Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel & Kit Boss & Peter MehlmanApril 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)919
Jerry hires a maid who he then starts sleeping with. Elaine discovers she has 57 messages on her answering machine when Kramer's food-order service tries to fax her. George tries to get a nickname but a co-worker gets the one he chose instead.
176"The Puerto Rican Day"Andy AckermanAlec Berg & Jeff Schaffer, Jennifer Crittenden, Spike Feresten, Bruce Eric Kaplan,
Steve Koren, David Mandel, Dan O'Keefe, Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin
May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)920
The gang leaves a New York Mets game early in order to beat the traffic but are blocked by a Puerto Rican day parade. Each go their separate ways in order to get home.


  1. ^ Sipher, Devan (2007-01-14). "Rebecca Whitney and David Mandel". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-28. 
  2. ^ Floyd, James (2016-09-20). "CELEBRATING A MASTER: INSIDE STAR WARS ART: RALPH MCQUARRIE". Retrieved 2018-07-28. 
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (2017-09-14). "Jewish entertainers well-represented at Emmy Awards". St. Louis Jewish Light. Retrieved 2018-07-28. 

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