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Jerry Seinfeld Talks Comedy, Life, and Larry David in Online Tell-All

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Ask Me Anything.

Famous for shows like Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most recognizable and beloved comedians of our time.

A car lover and close friend of Larry David, many people know Seinfeld for his shows as well as his appearances on programs like SNL, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and various late night comedy programs. But how much do you know about this man, whom Forbes listed in 2015 as the world’s highest-paid comedian?

Jerry Seinfeld recently did a Reddit Ask Me Anything, and fans were allowed to ask him anything they wanted to from his personal life to the differences and similarities between him and the characters he’s played. He even confessed the worst joke he’s tried to tell that people just don’t seem to understand.

Best of all: does he celebrate Festivus?

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Here’s everything you wanted to know about Jerry Seinfeld:


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Puppy34: Are you ever flipping channels at home, see “Seinfeld” is on, and watch it?

Seinfeld: I don’t, but I do consider it for a split second and then I go “I can’t do it.” It’s like watching your home movies, it’s just me watching me. It’s weird, don’t you think?

Comedy 101

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ohsnapitsjf: Every time I’ve seen a video of you talking about the art (science?) of being funny, it’s some of the most fascinating insight into the human psyche I’ve ever heard. I think I enjoy hearing you talk shop more than your actual stand-up (no offense meant). Have you ever considered doing a TED Talk on the subject, or a more technical book on the subtle things that go into being a funny person?

Seinfeld: Believe it or not, this is something I think about a lot. I have often wondered if there’s a way to teach being funny or comedy, and George Stephanopoulos actually got me wound up enough at one point that we were going to contact, I think his name was Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia, and we were gonna go in there, and I was going to teach a course on comedy. Because I know a lot about it, but I just don’t know if it’s teachable. I’m still wrestling with the idea if you can teach someone to be funny.