On a trip to Oslo, Harry and I were guests of
Harald Eia, a parent who volunteered to host.
The trip was a informal reciprocal visit – a group of Oslo students and
parents visited Cambridge last year, and we were now visiting them in Oslo.
Harald, a comedian/producer/Norwegian comedy
star, shares my love of Larry David and Seinfeld. In the 90’s, he made two visits to the
Seinfeld set to learn from the writers.
Harald’s production company is named
Funkenhauser, after the Marty Funkhauser character on Curb Your Enthusiasm with
an “en” thrown in to make it sound a like a German company (re.
Telefunken). Harald wanted his company
to sound Jewish, even though he is not.
As luck would have it, Tim Wendelboe, (2004
World Barista Champion) was in Oslo (he travels 200 days a year) and I filmed
Tim drinking and discussing coffee with my son, Harry, for my coffee doc. When I was discussing sound levels with the
soundman, Tim proclaimed “Levels, Jerry, levels!” Kramer’s signature line from a Seinfeld
Great coffee, great sense of humor.