Friday, June 14, 2019

SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld

SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld
Seinfeld remains one of my favorite sitcoms ever. I own the DVD set with a tiny collector's puffy shirt, and I went back and watched all of the commentary long ago. Yet I had never read Jerry Seinfeld's SeinLanguage even though it's been out for almost 25 years!

I decided to rectify that recently. I picked up the mass market paperback on the cheap, and reading it served as a reminder why I never want mass market paperbacks again. The book is itsy, the print is bitsy, and it overall doesn't feel nice to hold or read. So, last one of those that's coming through my door.

As for the content in those little pages, well, it was OK. It's composed of various of his stand-up bits, organized by topic. For instance, in the first section titled "Freeway of Love," it's further divided into "The Date," "The Sex," "The Relationship," and "The End." Many of the jokes here were featured in the stand-up segments of his show. I've been rewatching Seinfeld the last few weeks, and recognized a lot of the material.

And here's the odd thing: I love the show Seinfeld, I think Jerry Seinfeld is a great comic, and yet ... this book didn't grab me. Maybe because I've seen the material several times before in the shows, maybe because it's dated a bit. I don't know. Would it have been more interesting if I'd read it years ago? I have no idea, but maybe.

So I skimmed the book. It just wasn't doing it for me. I mean, it's good, it's fine, but that's it. I love, love, love Seinfeld in his recent series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (currently available on Netflix), and I highly recommend watching it if you love comedy and hearing about the comic's process and life. This book, however, only pick it up if you roll in the aisles over the stand-up segments in Seinfeld. Or maybe if you just like to read jokes to try and get a feel for the creative process. Otherwise, just enjoy reruns of Seinfeld instead.

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