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Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartney (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 24th 2010 2:10AM
Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Doing Comedy at the White House, Ribbing Paul McCartneyIt's been a while since Jerry Seinfeld has done live comedy. But on 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he cracked some jokes, discussing the difference between the terms "this sucks" and "this is great." His theory -- there is no difference!

If, say, you're eating an ice cream cone, and the ice cream falls off and hits the ground -- then your reaction is "Sucks!" And what do you say out loud? "Great!" (In a sarcastic tone, of course.)

The beauty of the "sucks" equals "great" equation is that it applies to almost everything. For instance ... performing in front of the President. As Jerry told David Letterman, he recently did his act at the White House -- for an event honoring Paul McCartney. Seinfeld is a fan of Obama and The Beatles, so this was a big deal. But would it suck or would it be great?

Well, things got a little awkward. Upon meeting his idol, Sir Paul McCartney, Jerry got into an unfortunate discussion about underage sex. Not good! Seinfeld was talking about Beatles lyrics with Paul -- specifically, the words to 'I Saw Her Standing There': "Well, she was just seventeen/ If you know what I mean." Next, Jerry made this sarcastic comment to McCartney: " ... I'm not sure I do know what you mean, Paul." Yikes!

To be fair, Seinfeld has a point ... sort of. (In at least twelve different states, if someone is "just seventeen," that means "hands off.") Still, it's not a good thing to discuss with your rock star idol. Jerry had conflicting feelings about the whole thing: "I was so scared, and so excited." Thus, his theory is proved once again. Things suck, but they're also great. And even if they're great -- they're still a little sucky..

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