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Album Review

Fans of Jerry Seinfeld's hit comedy series Seinfeld shouldn't hold their breath — Jerry Seinfeld on Comedy is not the long-awaited sequel to 1998's I'm Telling You for the Last Time. It is, however, a helpful, educational tool for would-be stand-ups who yearn for a glimpse into the hot comedian's mind. Through a series of interviews with former comic/motivational speaker Larry Wilde that span the course of a decade, Seinfeld discusses the tricks of his trade, from the painstaking thought and self-discipline necessary to survive the club circuit to the dedication and perseverance necessary to succeed in the national spotlight. (Seinfeld practiced for his first gig on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show over 200 times, realizing it would make or break his fledgling career.) There aren't many laughs here — Seinfeld plays it straight, providing thoughtful answers to every one of Wilde's ultra-technical questions. Even so, it's interesting to hear his definition of a joke ("proving something that is absolutely trivial, but with rigorous logic"), his conceptual approach of comedy ("really good comedy is a dialogue, not a monologue...because laughs contain thought"), and his disdain for dirty material ("profanity is the great shortcut to comedy"). By now, American audiences are well acquainted with Seinfeld's brand of wry, observational humor; Jerry Seinfeld on Comedy affords them a rare opportunity to pick his brain and learn to secrets of his success.

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Read the "Album Review", Naysayers

This does not deserve 2.5 stars. It is a great interview and gives much insight into Seinfelds comedic mind. How can one justify giving this one to two stars?

Terrific Interview

This is an in depth interview about the craft of stand-up comedy and is a must for any budding or even working comic. Seinfeld's success is no accident, but the result of years and years of painstaking work which he describes in detail. I've always liked his comedy fine, but my respect for him as an artist has soared after listening to this. Now I'm eager to go back and listen to a set. I don't know why people feel ripped off - the name of the album is pretty clear "Jerry Seinfeld ON COMEDY." It sounds like an interview and indeed it is. And any sample click on a track would have revealed that.

I dont like this album but Jerry still rocks!

Just give this guy a break! Its been so long since he has done stand up comedy. He's still the funniest comedian I know. Wit until he gets used to stand up and you'll see. I luv u Jerry Seinfeld!!


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Jerry Seinfeld is the most successful and influential comedian of his generation. His brilliant observational riffs on the minutiae of everyday life formed the basis of the television classic Seinfeld, the quintessential sitcom of the 1990s and one of the most beloved series in the history of the medium. Born April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in nearby Massapequa, he began his comedy career the very night he graduated from Queens College; struggling throughout his early years, Seinfeld often...
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