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 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.

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].

Seinfeld Episodes that David Mandel Wrote or Co-Wrote[edit]

Season 7: 1995–1996[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate Production Code
118 "The Pool Guy" Andy Ackerman David Mandel November 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 Ackerman David Mandel March 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 Ackerman David Mandel October 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 Ackerman David Mandel November 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 Ackerman David Mandel February 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 Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel September 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 Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel October 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 Ackerman Peter Mehlman & David Mandel November 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 Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel & Kit Boss & Peter Mehlman April 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 Ackerman Alec 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 (14 January 2007). "Rebecca Whitney and David Mandel". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.starwars.com/news/celebrating-a-master-inside-star-wars-art-ralph-mcquarrie.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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