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If success leaves a paper trail, then Jerry Seinfeld could be hit with a littering fine.

Comedians; both aspiring and veteran should take a couple of notes from his interviews, especially this one!

Johah Weiner, (no relation to the former U.S. congressman or the hot dog), had the opportunity to interview arguably the most successful stand-up comedian in the business, in this excellent piece from the New York Times magazine.

This interview really gets Seinfeld to reveal not only his approach to stand-up, but his passion for it.

One thing to take note of in this interview is that Seinfeld looks at jokes as a process. He writes and rewrites, tests and rewrites again to find the right words to make the joke work.

He’s more than just a comedian; he’s a word-smith.

I’ve been a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld since the first time I saw him on a show called the “Celebrity Caberet” in 1977. It is his first appearance on T.V. and the link includes a little clip of him doing a bit on a roller-coaster through the ghetto.

Makes you wonder whether that bit would play today, given our environment of political correctness.

Needless to say, if you’re into comedy, you should NOT miss this article!

Then give me a comment, let me know what you think!

    12 replies to "Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up"

    • Happy New Year! 🙂

    • Jerry Corley

      Happy New Year Maria!

    • New is the year, new are the hopes and the aspirations, New is the resolution, new are the spirits and Forever my warm wishes are for you. Have a promising and fulfilling new year.

    • Jerry Corley

      What kind words! Thanks so much! The new year started well as on New Year’s Eve I performed on the same bill as Bob Dubac, a comedian I saw years ago before I was even doing comedy. He was opening for Toto (the band, not the dog) and it was that performance that helped inspire my journey into comedy. I also worked with Brian Kiley (head monologue writer for Conan), extreme talent. Loads of fun!

    • Jerry, I hit the like button thats good right! 🙂

    • Tommy Otis

      Happy New Years Jerry. The late Dick Shawn did die on stage doing his act….What a way to go…….Your act really killed…. All the best…….Tommy.

    • Jerry Corley

      Tommy… Wow, what a memory! Yes, I recall that. Dick Shaw laid down on the stage and several minutes passed before anyone in the audience or crew knew something was wrong. He killed and died in the same night.

    • Richard Allan Jones

      Seinfeld article was great. Interesting to note all the great ones spend so much of their time writing and trying out/perfecting material and delivery. Makes me want to pull out the paper pad and start creating.

    • Jerry Corley

      I really enjoy the process of writing the jokes, trying them out on stage and re-tooling. When younger comedians understand that as the process then I think they’ll find more comfort in developing great material rather than rushing to write a ton of mediocre material. Happy New Year!

    • Jim Bassett

      I found in the interview the short discussion of depression. Although glanced over in the article I’ve seen newer comedians indicating they have experienced this. Are they in depressed state or is it they have not experienced the HIGH of being on stage with the handling a higher level of stress followed by a the low of coming off that high in other places in their life? Each seems to respond to different levels which seems to correlated to the intensity of their individual personality/life experiences. Military Veterans, I’ve met now doing stand up, seem to be less depressed after a show compare to non-veterans. Life is relative. Now you see how warped my mind is and why my comedy goes where no man has gone before. Happy New Year Jerry Corley, thanks for the article.

    • Jerry Corley

      Interesting you picked up on that in the piece. Yeah, I’ve been getting several emails from people who have been dealing with depression as they try to navigate their comedy careers. Lot’s of comedians seem to deal with depression: Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Jonathon Winters have been reported to suffer from bi-polar disorder. I can help them find the funny in a piece but a recommend they talk to someone with credentials when it comes to depression.

      It’s a serious matter. I’ve never had any serious depression. I was sad after a big break up once, but felt much better when I focused and just wrote jokes about the bitch… for me, problem solved.

      Great to hear from you Jim! I hope you have a kick-ass New Year!

    • Linda Lou

      Seems like a lot of comedians get into comedy during a tough period of life–I once heard Susie Essman and Joy Behar talking about that and sharing their own experiences. Makes sense to me; I started to perform (and wrote a book) during the lowest period of my life when I was new to Las Vegas and alone after a depressing divorce. I hate to say it, but I write best–and seem to be at my funniest– when I’m miserable! When times are good, I’m too happy to write. I have to figure out how to keep my edge when things are going my way. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case for a lot of comics.

      Thanks for sharing this, Jerry. Very interesting–I marvel at anyone who has the balls to say, “I don’t watch that much television. I *was* television.” In later years Seinfeld seems to be a bit self-important, but I learn something every time I read about him.

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