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March 28th, 2014
12:12 PM ET

Jason Alexander Web Exclusive: What would "Seinfeld" be like today

If Jerry and George were still meeting at the diner, would social media mess with their marble rye?

CNN host Piers Morgan sat down with actor Jason Alexander, the man who brought the character George Constanza to life, and before long the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday found its way into the conversation.

Dedicated to bringing the characters of television’s most successful American comedy series into the twenty-first century, "Modern Seinfeld" looks to stay true to the show, while using current pop culture references and scenarios.

Sharing some favorites with his guest, Morgan sought Alexander's response.

"One reads: ‘George promises not to watch 'House of Cards' without his girlfriend, but can't help himself. She dumps him when he badly pretends to be surprised.’ Another reads: ‘George's ex changes her HBO Go password, George tries to reconcile with her just long enough to get the new one.’"

Alexanders enjoys the reference, but questions the originality of the author.

“That's Bosco,” Alexander told Morgan. “That's the big - it's a rehash of the Bosco...”

In addition to suggesting themes, "Modern Seinfeld" also often tweets nuances of the show’s characters.

“Somebody tweeted out that over the course of the series, I had 49 new girlfriends, of which 47 of them were ungodly attractive and no one can figure out how that alchemy came to be,” said Alexander.

No stranger to comedy, Alexander said he’s split on the future of funny business, especially when the laughs are mixed with political agendas, specifically in terms of President Barack Obama’s recent appearance on "Funny or Die"'s "Between Two Ferns."

“Obama did a great job holding his own with Zach [Galifinakas.] And I'm, I guess, in some ways, it's great to have it there," he said. "Another part of me goes, really, the president of the United States?”

The interview was both praised and criticized as an effort to encourage younger Americans to sign up for government healthcare.

“Well, I guess in this day and age, you know better than I who - you know, who's watching serious news,” Alexander said to Morgan. "How do you get messages out if it's not through social media or that kind of programming or through comedy?”

While Seinfeld is still in syndication, Obama’s interview will forever live as the online version of a re-run.

“I did not feel that the president demeaned himself in any way to accomplish that appearance,” said Alexander, “But I - I was saddened at the fact that that that's where we have to go in order to inform a big part of our population about something as vital as this to their lives.”

For more of Morgan's conversation with Alexander, including an in-depth discussion on the actor's hair stylings, click this link. And, if you'd like to attend one of the showings of “An Evening with Jason Alexander and His Hair” from Harrah's in Las Vegas, tickets are on sale now.

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