After getting his start playing comedy clubs and open mic nights, Jerry Seinfeld rose to international icon status with one of the most successful sitcoms ever. These days, Jerry’s back on the road, doing what he does best, selling out venues and making fans fall out of their chairs with laughter.
With an annual income of $69 million between June 2016 and 2017, Seinfeld currently ranks as the world’s highest-paid comedian. From live tours to television and film projects and from endorsement deals to business ventures, he is successful at almost everything he does. To catch the King of comedy, live in action, all you need to do is get your Jerry Seinfeld tickets here.
Jerome Seinfeld was born on April 29, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. His father was of Austrian-Jewish descent; a closet comedian who enjoyed collecting jokes which he heard during his time as a sign-maker in World War II. Influenced by his father, Seinfeld found himself inclined to the field of comedy. At the age of eight, Seinfeld began training himself in the art by watching television shows to study the various techniques of comedians. Among Seinfeld’s inspirations in comedy are George Carlin, Jay Leno, Jean Shepherd and Bill Cosby. Over the years, he developed a unique style of his own, one that centered on his observations about the mundane activities of everyday life.
Jerry Seinfeld studied theater and communications at Queen’s College of The City University of New York (CUNY). During his college days, Seinfeld made numerous appearances on open mic nights at Budd Friedman’s Improvisation Comedy Club and garnered a strong following.
Following his graduation in 1976, he gave a performance as a stand-up comic at an open mic night in the popular nightclub, Catch a Rising Star. The gig received a lot of attention and praises, leading to offers for appearances in TV sitcoms.
Jerry Seinfeld’s big break came in May of 1981 when he made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Talking about weather reports, the comedian generated a lot of laughs from the audience and appreciation from Carson. Following up on new found success, Seinfeld continued to make frequent appearances on the show as well as others including Late Night With David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, The Jay Leno Show and The Daily Show. By the late 1980s, Jerry Seinfeld had become one of the most high-profile comedians in America.
He shot to superstardom with his self-titled TV sitcom in 1989. From a popular club comedian in New York to a regular act on well-known shows, Seinfeld now had a complete show to himself. And he made sure to make the most of the opportunity and not let his fans down.
The first season of the show introduced audience to a format they were not familiar with. Each episode would begin with a short stand-up skit in which the comedian played a character based upon him. Seinfeld was produced and sometimes co-written by Seinfeld himself. Its subject-matter included loosely structured stories and simple topics which resonated really well with his audience. Seinfeld’s ability to see humor in possibly anything and everything made him an act people looked forward to watching live.
The show enjoyed unprecedented popularity and critical acclaim. Many of the phrases used in the show became a part of household language. By its fourth season, it had become the most successful television sitcom in the country. TV Guide rated the show as the Greatest Television Program of All-Time while Entertainment Weekly ranked it third on its Best TV Series of All-Time list.
Seinfeld ran for a total of nine seasons and when it aired its final episode back in 1998, it was still the highest rated show in the US.
Jerry Seinfeld returned to New York City to make a comeback to stand-up comedy routine. The comedian embarked on a tour in 1998 and recorded a comedy special I’m Telling You For The Last Time. His process of developing and performing new comedy material at clubs during the 1990s is documented in the 2002 documentary film, Comedian.
Seinfeld has also written books including the children’s book Halloween and a bestselling book of humorous observations titled Seinlanguage. He also co-produced, co-wrote and starred in the animated family comedy Bee Movie in 2007.
In 2010, Seinfeld returned to television with the reality show The Marriage Ref. It featured a panel of well-known comedians who were presented with the real-life disputes between couples. They then made humorous observations about the same, weighed each side’s arguments and voted about who should win the debate.
In 2012, Jerry Seinfeld began hosting the American web series talk show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It features Seinfeld introducing a vintage car selected for a guest comedian, followed by a drive in it to a café for a conversation over a cup of coffee. Over the years, he has interviewed several comedy stars on the show. These include David Letterman, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock. The unique format of the show and the very entertaining conversations between the guest and host have made the show a massive success. Seinfeld also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the series.
His new Netflix comedy special Jerry Before Seinfeld, provides a glimpse into the entertainer’s past by presenting old pictures, family home videos and footage of young Seinfeld doing stand-up comedy. However, more than a biopic (which the title suggests) it comes across as a collection of his greatest stand-up routines. Nonetheless, the fans seem to love every bit of it and its popularity is on the rise.
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In a career spanning over four decades, Jerry Seinfeld has contributed to the entertainment industry as an actor, comic, writer, producer, director and host. However, stand-up comedy is unarguably what he does best. And when it comes to observational comedy routines, nobody does it better than Seinfeld. In 2005, he was named the 12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time by Comedy Central.
A lot has changed in the media and technology world since Seinfeld started his comedy career in the 1970s. However, Seinfeld has increased his fan base while not compromising on his unique style of bringing out humor in the most ordinary of matters and things.
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