Last month I was pumped when Netflix dropped the trailer for the Jerry Seinfeld stand up special they were planning on releasing and was telling everyone and their mother they better watch it when it comes out. And then I promptly forgot about it completely. Cut to last night when I got home from work: I dicked around online for a bit, took the dog out for a walk, cooked myself dinner, then decided to throw on Netflix only to open it up to Jerry Seinfeld staring at me taking up the whole screen. Immediately threw it on and don’t even remember what I was originally going to watch.
If you’re an American anywhere between age 20-70 you should probably know how big of a deal he is in the comedy world. In case you’re one of the six people out there who doesn’t though; Jerry is one of, if not the, great comedians of all time and has been killing the game since the 70s. I grew up loving Seinfeld and have probably seen all the episodes way more times than is socially acceptable to admit but I didn’t really take notice of his stand-up career until I was in college and by then he had stopped performing because the show had burned out all of his material. Then when this was announced last month I got pumped because I thought “Finally I’ll get to see him perform!” and I did but I definitely think I built it up in my head a little too much.
I will say that I did love the format they chose for this special. Intercutting him current day performing his material from before the show to little snippets of him discussing what it was like to grow up in the 60s and 70s and start his career. The material itself is definitely funny and vintage Jerry (I recognized a few bits from the early seasons of the show) but I found it much more interesting as a mini-documentary on the guy. I never knew he went from performing for dinner and a t-shirt to being on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson in 5 years. 5 years! Think about the biggest change you’ve made in the last 5 years. Bet it’s not nearly as crazy as his skyrocket to fame. 5 years ago I was still the same bum I am today – yes I’m in the workforce now instead of college but I definitely haven’t accomplished much*. So as a stand up special I think I gotta give it a B maybe B+ but as an insight into how he got into stand up? A+. PLUS I’m lucky enough that I get to see him perform some stand up live this Friday so I’ll get to finally see him so some new material and I’ll be sure to give you guys an idea of what it is – unfortunately if you don’t live in the NYC area you’re going to be shit out of luck in seein…. wait. What’s that?
BAH GAWD IT’S NETFLIX’S MUSIC
QZ – Netflix reportedly spent another $100 million on Seinfeld’s pair of specials, combined with his full series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. That’s roughly what HBO spent on the entire sixth season of Game of Thrones.
Seinfeld is going to be recording a separate special for Netflix with current material along with taking his series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee off of Crackle and giving the rights to Netflix. There’s no release date of either of those yet but that means that fans of his who were hoping for a more traditional stand up special are in luck. Also if you’re never checked out Comedians in Cars for whatever reason I’d definitely recommend taking a chance on it, even if you’re not a fan of Jerry’s comedy. It’s fascinating seeing different comedic legends from different eras talk about how they got their start/whatevers on their mind for the episode.
Be sure to let me know what you think of the special in the comments below or on twitter at @dgood826
*Mentioned earlier how I haven’t accomplished much in the last 5 years but that’s about to change. If you read Sheehan’s mother! review yesterday then you already know but a couple of us here are in the process of launching a movie review podcast. My quick sales pitch is that if you like movies and you like podcasts you’re going to love Six Pack Cinema. Keep your eyes open for updates coming soon!