Jerry Seinfeld delves into 45 years of his jokes for a new book

Los Angeles – Forget about high-performance sports cars, luxury Rolls-Royce, and all the other classic cars where Jerry Seinfeld takes his fellow cartoons to the canteen on the TV “Coffee-Getting Car Comedian.”

The most valuable thing Seinfeld owns is thousands of sheets of paper (yellow, scribbled, and sometimes crumpled), once a staple of storage until the advent of better ones called laptop computers. It was packed in a brown accordion folder for years.

Includes jokes that Seinfeld has been writing and talking to since he set foot in a New York nightclub as a 21-year-old aspiring comic that received a free burger instead of a salary. They continue to the current meditation of a 66-year-old man who is wondering how the world continues to be crowded, even though no more graveyards have been built.

“Flights, restaurants and theater shows are always sold out. Grave? Anyone can cry and send. There was just an opening. What’s wrong? Someone came back to life and went out. Lucky. You know. “

He put them all together in a new book, Is This Anything? This is the title taken from the question that every comic asks every other comic when trying out new material.

Assembled in chronological order, it provides not only a group of loud laughing one-liners, but also a timeline for children commuting from their parents’ home on Long Island to New York City to make strangers laugh. It continues throughout his career, when Sinfeld was arguably the biggest stand-up comedy of his time and the centerpiece of the weirdest television home comedy of the time.

Still, why did he save all the jokes in his career? Or at least everyone who laughed?

“Many people ask me that question, and I always say I don’t know why I saved something else,” he laughs in a telephone interview. Then he adds more seriously, “This is the most valuable thing I have.”

He moved to a family home with his wife and three children in East Hampton, NY, and he continues to add to these folders. He is also working on another project that hasn’t been discussed so far, except that the people who made his hit 2007 anime comedy movie “Bee Movie” are involved.

Even if isolated from the coronavirus, Seinfeld says he will not find a shortage of new materials.

“Many sources come from the constant frustration of something else, which seems to be endless,” he says. Especially when I’m at home with the other four.

“It’s usually a good fight once a day. It’s our basic routine. Two meals and one good fight.”

Still, unlike when he was single in Manhattan, being a man in his family imposes a limit on the amount of stimulus he can radiate.

“When I lived alone when I was single, I filled the whole house with frustration, but now I have to share it,” he jokes. “I have a dissatisfied diet.”

When the pandemic is finally over, he looks forward to rescheduling the stand-up gig he had to cancel and returning to the road. But don’t look for him to fill in the coronavirus jokes. However, there are some good jokes in the last chapter of “What is this?”

“People are fed up with it, so I want them to go ahead and talk about other things,” he said about politics, but he’s been consumed by both during the months he’s stuck. A house that admits that.

Still, he’s not very interested in political jokes, one is that he’s not good at it, and two that he doesn’t hold up over time.

“It’s like politics getting old and quickly ruined, but good people can live longer,” he continues.

Another thing he’s trying to do is return to his second home in his beloved Manhattan and stop by diner and comedy clubs again.

“It’s like my New York lifestyle, diner, comedy club.

“Like the TV series,” he adds the characters he drew in “Seinfeld” from 1989 to 1998.

“The funny thing is, he goes on in the TV series.” At that time, I had never actually been to a diner and had coffee, and now I do. I’m living a life. “

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Jerry Seinfeld delves into 45 years of his jokes for a new book

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