International Yada Yada Yada Day is celebrated on July 23. The phrase — which can mean ‘so on and so forth’ or ‘blah, blah, blah’ — was popularized by an episode of the popular American sitcom “Seinfeld.” “The Yada Yada” was the 19th episode of the eighth season and the 153rd episode. The creator of the holiday, Michael W. Casby, said the episode was part of the inspiration for the festivity. “Seinfeld” was a revolutionary show at the time, as sitcoms in this style starring a group of friends instead of a family were unheard of, and it remains popular to this day because of its unique focus on mundanity and characters that don’t grow or improve, sticking to a “no hugging, no learning” rule.
History of International Yada Yada Yada Day
While “Seinfeld” is what made the phrase very popular, it’s not clear how ‘yada yada yada’ originated. Many believe it originated with the 1950s ‘yackety-yack,’ which is slang for aimless, pointless talk that goes on and on. Others say it’s a variation of phrases used in pre-1940s vaudeville, such as ‘yaddega-yaddega-yaddega’ and ‘yatata-yatata-yatata,’ and it could be even older since ‘blah-blah-blah’ can be traced back to the 1910s, and ‘yack,’ to before 1900.
In popular culture, it was used by comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1950s and 1960s. He grew up in the 1940s world of Jewish club comics, who often used routines and expressions dating back to the vaudeville era. Other T.V. shows in the 1980s and 1990s used it as well, and it was already an everyday expression, but on April 24, 1997, the “Seinfeld” episode came out, which deals with how people use it to cover up details they don’t want others to know. It’s become a fan favorite since.
In 2009, The Paley Center for Media named ‘yada yada yada’ the Number One funniest phrase on “TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases.” On April 17, 2015, Casby, a fan of the series, after noticing that there was a “Blah, Blah, Blah Day,” decided to declare July 23 as “International Yada Yada Yada Day” on his Twitter. On July 23, 2017, Jerry Seinfeld himself referenced the holiday when he released a tongue-in-cheek episode of his web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” in which he and his guest Jason Alexander played their characters from “Seinfeld.”
International Yada Yada Yada Day timeline
Probably the earliest person to use ‘yada yada yada’ in pop culture, many attribute the creation of it to him.
"The Yada Yada" makes the phrase particularly popular, dealing with how people use it to cover up details they don’t want others to know.
The Paley Center for Media includes ‘yada yada yada’ as number 1 on "T.V's 50 Funniest Phrases".
Inspired by “Seinfeld,” Michael W. Casby creates the holiday.
Jerry Seinfeld posts a spoof of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in which he and Jason Alexander play their characters from “Seinfeld,” referencing the holiday.
International Yada Yada Yada Day FAQs
What personality type is Jerry Seinfeld?
He is likely an INTP. Since he’s a comedian, he is always observing the people and situations around him, and always has an intelligent joke up his sleeve.
What is the Seinfeld curse?
It’s a popular phrase used to describe the perceived lack of success the actors suffered after the end of the series. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine, actually managed to break the curse by starring in “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” though it got canceled after its fifth season, and later in “Veep.”
Who was the most popular character on Seinfeld?
The most popular character was undoubtedly George Costanza, a neurotic man with many insecurities that actively avoids getting a job when unemployed, and avoids working when employed.
International Yada Yada Yada Day Activities
Watch the iconic episode
Here at National Today, we’re pretty big fans of “Seinfeld” too, so we can’t recommend this enough. If half an hour isn’t enough for you, and it probably won’t, use this day to rewatch your favorites. May we recommend “The Restaurant” perhaps?
Watch the “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” spoof
If you’re big on “Seinfeld,” you’ve probably seen at least one episode of this. It’s very self-explanatory, Jerry Seinfeld drives around in a fancy car he borrowed and visits a different coffee shop with a guest he chats with. This, however, is a six-minute parody in which he and Jason Alexander play their “Seinfeld” characters and has a little surprise at the end.
Say ‘yada yada yada’ as much as possible
You know you want to. Take the chance whenever you need to explain something to someone today, or just use it to be annoying.
5 Facts About Nothi-, Er, “Seinfeld” You May Not Know
The theme song changes on every episode
The composer, Jonathan Wolff, said that each monologue had its own recording of the “Seinfeld” theme to match the timings and lengths of Jerry’s jokes.
“The Revenge” is based on real events
George’s storyline in this episode is something that happened to co-creator Larry David, who quit his job as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” making a big spectacle out of it, felt he made a mistake, and went back the next day pretending it was a joke — unlike George, this actually worked out for David!
Elaine almost didn’t exist
The character wasn’t on the pilot episode, and Claire, the waitress from the pilot played by Lee Garlington was meant to be the show’s female lead.
Kramer was originally called ‘Kessler’
This is what he’s called in the pilot episode because David thought his neighbor, Kenny Kramer, would sue, as he based the character on him.
"The Soup Nazi" was a real person
In the most famous episode, the characters face a chef that denies soup to customers that don’t follow his strict rules, who is based on a real person.
Why We Love International Yada Yada Yada Day
We love Seinfeld!
Probably the best sitcom of all time, it’s often described as “a show about nothing,” but a more appropriate description would be something like “how a comedian gets his material” or “four jerks that complain about trivialities.” An entire episode’s plot could be something as simple as the characters waiting for a table in a restaurant, and not even eating at the end. Even to this day, there aren’t many shows quite like this one.
We don’t say ‘yada yada yada’ enough
Doesn’t it roll off the tongue nicely? These days, privacy is a bit underrated and we don’t need to tell every single detail about everything to everyone.
It’s a good excuse to check out “Seinfeld” adjacent media
We already mentioned “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” but we didn’t get to bring up “Curb Your Enthusiasm” so we’re doing it now! This show, in which “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David plays himself, is considered a spiritual successor of the show, but with an even bigger focus on trivialities that the petty main character gets angry about. Another one that’s become a cult classic nowadays is the adult animated sitcom “Duckman,” starring Jason Alexander as a duck private detective.
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