This is cool!

As you might already know about me, I’m a huge fan of Jerry Seinfeld. I studied him when I was first starting comedy right alongside two of my other heroes, George Carlin and Richard Pryor.

I know, what an interesting juxtaposition! Carlin, Seinfeld, Pryor. Considering that combination you’d think my jokes might start out, “I think bugs were our first friends, you ever notice how bugs walk? 

But alas, I my jokes aren’t nearly as clever or interesting sounding: (throat-clearing to indicate sarcasm):

Anyway, to the point of this blog post; In my previous post I gave you all a link to an awesome New York Times interview with Jerry Seinfeld. In the interview you may have learned how Seinfeld is considered a scientist when it comes to comedy. He dissects a joke and looks for the littlest nuances to make the joke funny.

That was in the meat of the interview but if your own interest in nuance was engaged, you may have seen this little tidbit off to the side:

In the N.Y. Times journey to become more internet savvy they’ve begun to add little morsels in their sidebars to keep the reader interested.

I love this interview with Seinfeld that they posted on how he writes a joke:

He even gets down to the nitty-gritty of what kind of pens he uses and his long-hand style of writing!

It starts out in typical Jerry Seinfeld style: “I know you think people are going to be interested in this: but they’re not:”

How to write comedy - Jerry Seinfeld style

 


Jerry Corley
Jerry Corley

Jerry Corley is a professional comedian of nearly 30 years, working nearly every venue imaginable.

    2 replies to "How to Write A Joke – Jerry Seinfeld Style"

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jerry– Dad LOVED your show, but I never really “Got It!” I just don’t get this little bit either! It’s not FUNNY in all caps although it may be “funny” in lower-case lettering. I am from the Midwest, so please take this with a grain of salt. You’re the Porsche owner with the multimillion dollar home, etc. and I’m just an unemployed jerk you don’t know. I do however like the fact you are a hard-working, extremely consistent comedian with one hell of a good work ethic!
      Eric Edwards

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