It’s no secret that I’m a Jerry Seinfeld junkie. I can watch episodes of the “show about nothing” for hours on end, but there’s more to it than that.
When the DVD’s of Seinfeld started coming out, I really got into the behind the scenes stuff about how the episodes got written, where the ideas came from, etc.
But what really got me hooked was the documentary he did called Comedian. It was released in 2002, but honestly I had never heard of it until years later when I stumbled across the trailer online…
Then I happened across a copy of it at a video store’s going out of business sale a couple of years ago, and have watched it probably a hundred times since.
The movie is watching Jerry, arguably the most successful stand up comic of all time, throwing out all of his old material and starting from scratch developing a new act. You see Jerry going to the old New York City comedy clubs he came up in and putting together a new routine, one bit at a time.
To me it’s just so compelling watching a guy with more money than Delaware, love his craft so much that he’s willing to go through all of the stress and frustrations that a low level, no-name comedian has to go through. Now you have to assume he got some special treatment because of who he is, but it’s still neat.
The scenes of Jerry sitting around with other comics at a club working through bits, is just like the opportunities that I’ve had to sit around with Cowboy Bill or other guys from Deja Vu and do the same thing.
He started a website a few years ago that shows three of his old clips each day, just stuff he’s saved through the years. On the site Jerry writes…
“When I was ten years old, I started watching stand up comedians on TV. I fell in love with them and I’m just as fascinated with stand up comedy today.
When I started doing TV, I saved every appearance on every show I did. I thought it might be fun to go through all of it and pick out three bits each day that still amuse me for some reason or another.
Somewhere out there are ten year olds like I was just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit.
This is for them. I’m just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.”
Now Jerry has a new project, that I’m very excited about called Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. It’s going to be a weekly webisode of Jerry and some other comedian just hanging out, talking comedy.
So call me an addict if you want, I’m just tryin to help “keep this silliness going.”