Is this anything? / Jerry Seinfeld.

By: Seinfeld, Jerry
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionDescription: 470 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmISBN: 9781982112691; 1982112697Subject(s): Seinfeld, Jerry | American wit and humor | Stand-up comedy | ComediansGenre/Form: Humor. | Anecdotes. | Autobiographies.
Contents:
The seventies -- The eighties -- The nineties -- The double o's -- The teens.
Summary: Collecting material from half a century in comedy, a chronologically arranged selection of favorite skits and memories by the iconic funnyman includes selections from his original "Catch a Rising Star" performance.Summary: "Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub "Catch a Rising Star" as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. "Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders," Seinfeld writes. "So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth." For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy." -- Amazon.com.
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The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy. <br> <br> Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub "Catch a Rising Star" as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. "Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders," Seinfeld writes. "So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth."<br> <br> For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

Includes index.

The seventies -- The eighties -- The nineties -- The double o's -- The teens.

Collecting material from half a century in comedy, a chronologically arranged selection of favorite skits and memories by the iconic funnyman includes selections from his original "Catch a Rising Star" performance.

"Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub "Catch a Rising Star" as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. "Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders," Seinfeld writes. "So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth." For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy." -- Amazon.com.

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Kirkus Book Review

"All comedians are slightly amazed when anything works." So writes Seinfeld in this pleasing collection of sketches from across his four-decade career. Known for his wry, observational humor, Seinfeld has largely avoided profanity and dirty jokes and has kept politics out of the equation. Like other schooled jokesters, perhaps most famously Bob Hope, he keeps a huge library of gags stockpiled, ever fearful of that day when the jokes will run out or the emcee will call you back for another set. "For the most part, it was the people who killed themselves to keep coming up with great new material who were able to keep rising through the many levels," he recounts of his initiation into the New York stand-up scene. Not all his early material played well. The first piece in this collection, laid out sentence by sentence as if for a teleprompter, is a bit about being left-handed, which comes with negative baggage: "Two left feet. / Left-handed compliment. / Bad ideas are always 'out of left field.' / What are we having for dinner? / Leftovers." He gets better, and quickly, as when he muses on the tininess of airplane bathrooms: "And a little slot for used razor blades. Who is shaving on the plane? And shaving so much, they're using up razor blades. Is the Wolfman flying in there?" For the most part, the author's style is built on absurdities: "Why does water ruin leather? / Aren't cows outside a lot of the time?" It's also affable, with rare exceptions, as when, taking on a mob boss persona, he threatens a child with breaking the youngster's Play-Doh creations: "Nothing wrong with sending your child a little Sicilian message once in a while." One wishes there were more craft notes among the gags, but the ones that are there are both inspiring and gnomic: "Stand-up is about a brief, fleeting moment of human connection." Fans of Seinfeld will eat this up, and aspiring comics will want to study how he shapes his seemingly effortless humor. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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