Jerry Seinfeld was born “Jerome Allen Seinfeld” on April 29, 1954 in Massapequa, New York. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in Communications and Theater from Queens College, City University of New York. While attending college Seinfeld often frequented the open mics held at the Improv in New York City. He got his first sitcom role on the show, “Benson” in 1980 and a year later got his first appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”, which led to frequent future spots on the show and other late night shows. By the fall of 1987 he released his first one-hour special on HBO entitled, “Stand Up Confidential”. The next year he began work on the show, “Seinfeld” co-created with Larry David. By the show’s fourth season it became the most popular and successful sitcom in America and still has reruns on TV today. There are few things that Seinfeld hasn’t accomplished at this point in his career, but most recently he began producing and starring in the show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and released a comedy special on Netflix in 2017 titled, “Jerry Before Seinfeld”.
In this episode, the Kaizen Crew deep-dive on how Jerry deconstructs the world around him in his bits. How he hones in on minute details and explores them in the most interesting and hilarious ways possible; from how kids and adults deal with boredom, to how Americans can never decide on whether they'd rather be going to or from somewhere. Jerry Seinfeld. He has a work ethic like no other and has even been quoted saying that he treats comedy like a 9-to-5. This work ethic can be seen within his very lean and meticulously written jokes. He uses his perspective to realize the absurdity in simple and common observations and/or experiences. Not only is he well written, but he also uses physicality to emphasize his jokes and create additional punchlines within them.
Bits analyzed: Olympics (I'm telling you for the last time 1998); Opening bit (Jerry Seinfeld 1987); Yoyo (Jerry Before Seinfeld 2017)
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