Posted by Doug Most May 6, 2011 09:25 AM
Not everyone loves Jerry Seinfeld, but even if you don't, you're bound to find something to laugh at on his new website unveiled today.
There was a time not too long ago when not a day would pass when you wouldn't hear at least one of his jokes, or one of the scenes from his hit sitcom recited by memory. He was the king of comedy in the 1990s, and as his new HBO show, 'Talking Funny,' makes clear, today's hottest comedians still respect him for what he achieved and how he achieved it. Here is the Globe's Matthew Gilbert reviewing the show.
If Seinfeld is one thing, he's smart. He gets this whole Internet thingamabob. And he wants to be sure that if anyone is going to control his comic legacy, it might as well be him. Today, as the New York Times reported earlier this week, he unveils a very smart website, jerryseinfeld.com. It's cool because it's not overwhelming. It's a few snippets each day of Seinfeld at his best. Three new bits released a day, maybe a stand-up routine, or an old appearance with Johnny Carson. It's just enough to remind you what has made him so good for so long.
The 3 bits today are classic Seinfeld. A very young Seinfeld riffs on the fattest man in the world. He's 1,400 pounds. "Ladies and gentlemen, the man has let himself go," he says to a big laugh. The second bit is about betting on the horses ("Do the horses know it's a race? . . . I think they're thinking, 'Oat bag, I get my oat bag now.' "). And the last bit is classic Seinfeld on Carson, a line about newspapers that I've probably recited a dozen times myself.
The other thing about Seinfeld you appreciate in watching his bits is there never a curse uttered. Chris Rock and Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais, his mates on 'Talking Funny,' are hysterical in their own ways. But those ways include a lot of words we won't repeat here.
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