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Watch: The Real Story Behind Seinfeld's Soup Nazi

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No soup for you

Seinfeld trivia buffs may already know that one of the show's most famous characters — the Soup Nazi — was based on a real person. The restaurant owner that spawned the catchphrase "No soup for you!," Ali Yeganeh operated a New York-based restaurant Soup Kitchen International. The storefront shuttered in 2004 but Yeganeh went on to develop The Original Soup Man brand including franchises and packaged soups.

On a recent episode of The Late Show, comedian Stephen Colbert reconnects with friend and former writer for Seinfeld, Spike Feresten who's credited with creating the Soup Nazi character. In this video, Feresten recalls the time he took Jerry Seinfeld to visit Soup Kitchen International. According to the writer, Yeganeh wasn't pleased to meet the actor that had made him famously rude on television. Seinfeld is classically cussed out and refused soup. Watch the full clip, plus some aquatic car antics from Feresten's new show above.

Spike Feresten Recalls the Time Jerry Seinfeld Visited the Soup Nazi [Youtube]

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