Jerry Seinfeld Explains Joke Writing

Jokes aren’t funny if you have to explain them. Explaining how the joke got written can be marginally funny, as Jerry Seinfeld demonstrates:

Via Steve Rubel, who is fascinated by how much “masters like comedian Jerry Seinfeld continuously sweat the details in a meticulous effort to refine their craft.”

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  1. Ernieyeball says:

    How many flies does it take to screw in a lightbulb?




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  2. Ernieyeball says:

    Just two…but nobody knows how they get in there!




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  3. Murray says:

    Am I really the only person who never found Seinfeld himself nor his work for others anywhere near funny?




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  4. aFloridian says:

    @Murray: Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy is not my style, but the show “Seinfeld” is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve probably seen most episodes 10-15 times over the past 15 years. It was the entire ensemble and wonderfully awkward situations that made the show so good.




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  5. @Murray – I would agree, but then again, I grew up on George Carlin, Sam Kineson, and Bill Hicks. Different styles of comedy.




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