Thursday, November 1, 2018

"Seinfeld: How It Began" (video)

Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David (Pinkskies21); NYT; Sheldon S., Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Jerry Seinfeld is coming back to the Beacon Theater. “It’s my vision of what I consider to be the ideal stand-up experience,” he said (Landon Nordeman for The New York Times)
Think it'll read too Jewish for Middle America? - They love Hollywood, why not NY?
Note the thick Buddhist translation by Jewish-American Bhikkhu Bodhi behind Larry David.
How did it all begin, Jerry?
Jerry Seinfeld is back for 2019. But let's look at Seinfeld: How It Began, the documentary. Seinfeld is a very Jewish American TV sitcom that ran for nine seasons on NBC, 1989-1998. It was created by Jewish stand up comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, with Seinfeld starring as a fictionalized version of himself. Set predominantly in an apartment in New York City, in Manhattan's Upper West Side (though filmed in the Valley in Los Angeles), the show features a handful of Jerry Seinfeld's friends and acquaintances. Best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), former girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), it is often described as being "a show about nothing," as many of its episodes are about the minutiae of daily life. It was produced by Castle Rock. More
You can't say anything on stage now
Dave Itzkoff (The New York Times,, October 26, 2018)
Would Woody like it?
In some ways, the world of Jerry Seinfeld is the same as it ever was. He’s still the singularly recognizable stand-up, the star and co-creator of his eponymous TV sitcom and the host of a Netflix talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” At 64, he is still playing dozens of live dates a year and, on Friday, announced the return of his residency at the Beacon Theater with 20 new shows in 2019. But the comedy world that Seinfeld inhabits is in a tumultuous period. While some performers feel uneasy about what they can or can’t say onstage, several prominent stars have been disgraced by scandals of their own making. [Rapist] Bill Cosby, once one of Seinfeld’s creative heroes, was convicted of sexual assault... More
A deleted "lost" Seinfeld episode

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