I loved his tv show Seinfeld before I ever heard Jerry Seinfeld perform comedy. Keep in mind that when that show came out, we weren't "internetting", yet. So his standup wasn't readily available to watch on demand. I was enamoured with the show, although I actually liked George more than anyone else (he's possibly the greatest character in the history of comedic television. Don't argue with me). I just didn't realize the reason he got the chance to do a TV show was because he was already a successful standup comedian. Then, a few years after I got hooked on the show, I ended up with a copy of Jerry's comedy album; "I'm Telling You For The Last Time". I didn't realize it at the time, but that CD was going to change my life.
|I knew every single word of this album. "Do you feel a draft, Bill?"|
I ended up with other comedy CDs down the road, like Dane Cook and Adam Sandler's old skit CDs (Toll Booth Willie will always be my favourite). I started watching standup on tv, like Just For Laughs and stuff. I can vividly remember watching Gilbert Godfrey one night and just laughing so hard. John Pinette was another one of my favourites. I've never been a hardcore comedy nerd like a lot of comedians are, but I would find the standups I liked, and watch them over and over. None of them sunk their claws into me like Jerry Seinfeld, though. I probably wouldn't even have looked into any of them without "I'm Telling You For The Last Time".
I struggle terribly with writing observational humour jokes. I don't know if it's just not my style, or if it's because I look at Seinfeld as the master of it, and I just feel like my jokes aren't up to his level. However, I still feel his comedy has had a big influence on me and the act I'm developing. I prefer clean humour, and I love jokes about everyday situations that people can relate to. I want to be a clean comic, and have set a goal of being able to work clean as well, if not better, than I can dirty, should I become a headliner someday. And it's all because of that damned CD.
I'm sure most standup comedians have a particular performer or album that set them down the path they ended up on. Mine was Jerry Seinfeld. That CD changed my life.
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