Jerry Seinfeld Says He Can't Watch 'Seinfeld'
by PopEater Staff, posted May 8th 2011 11:00AM
Despite being the co-creator and star of arguably the greatest sitcom of all time, Jerry Seinfeld doesn't actually enjoy watching himself on 'Seinfeld.'
"I don't really, in fact I don't at all," he told AOL TV sister site PopEater of watching his show. "I think because as much as I enjoy the humor of it, it kind of reminds me of how hard it was to do. I can't seem to get that part out of my head and just enjoy the show, but I'm working on it because I would like to watch them more. When I watch them, I see my face and I see how I was struggling."
Thank you. What did I do?
Well, you started your own website.
Yeah how about that? You know I can't tell you how many different ideas I started and stopped and changed. I've been really doing this for about three years until I finally hit on this thing that I thought was the right thing to do.
Inaugural Clip on JerrySeinfeld.com: His First Appearance on 'The Tonight Show'So it's three clips a day. At a certain point won't you run out?
Uh, absolutely. I think on the third day I'm out.
Have you worked out when you'll run out of material?
No [Laughs], that's the funny part of it. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do when I run out. I'm going to have to assume that people don't watch the 11 o'clock news every night and that's why Chuck Scarborough is still there after 40 years.
Do you choose clips where you bomb?
I wouldn't say bomb, there are things on there ... it's very personal and that's what I thought it should be because if you like somebody and I'm going to assume someone going to this site is interested in what I do, one thing that you don't get sometimes from people is I wonder what part of their work they like so I thought that would be interesting and there are jokes that didn't play well but I love them so I put those on there so this is my favorite stuff, it might not be yours. That's the nature of all comedy, comedy is extremely personal, you can love a comedian and he's still going to have five jokes that you absolutely revile.
Give me an example.
I did this bit how you can't win an argument with someone smoking a cigarette because the cigarette becomes your point of view to them and then they just throw it down and put it out. So I would act out somebody smoking a cigarette and then stubbing out the cigarette. It was silly, it was actually not in my act very long, in the early '80s and I thought it was funny so I put it in there.
No advertising on the site. You're not making any money out of it.
No, it's really honestly a valentine to this profession, for people who are fans of it and honestly I'm very into the young people who are very interested in it and I'm sure never saw the Merv Griffin I did in '83 that had two great jokes in it. So here's a place where you can see it. I tried hard to make it an uncluttered kind of experience.
Will you be adding new material?
I want to figure out a fun way to shoot it, maybe in small clubs and obviously anything I do on TV is going on there but it's always going to be be edited. Even the bits themselves I edited.
Does your wife ever get annoyed with you if you say, 'Hold on I need to get a pen and paper?'
Well I don't tell her what I'm writing down. I'm not that dumb to say,''Boy that was a really dumb thing you just did. I'm going to tell everybody about it.'
Has she ever heard a joke a few weeks later and said, 'Hey wait a second.'
Uh yes but half the jokes that I ascribe to her I made up. like I do this whole bit about tone of voice and how my wife is constantly asking me to adjust my tone, my wife has never said that to me but I've heard other wives do that. It's funnier if I say it's her and she understands our apartment wouldn't be as nice if I didn't continue to do this.
Have you been watching the clips of you over the years and started thinking, oh my God I'm going to be dead soon.
Yeah but to me and to most comedians, we don't really care. I certainly don't have that Woody Allen fear of mortality. I don't care. I'm 57, I can't wait to be 60. I was so tired of 56, I just had a birthday. It's a different life view when you're a comedian. Everything's a joke, everything's stupid, everything's fake, everything's phony. Somebody in an interview asked me what I was looking forward to and I said, 'I'm looking forward to slowly withering.' And just watching the audience that come to see me shrink until it's down to the few people I started out with. That's what I'm looking forward to. I don't care.
You still do heaps of stand-up.
Yeah, that's all I do.
Do you ever watch 'Seinfeld?'
I don't really, in fact I don't at all. I think because as much as I enjoy the humor of it, it kind of reminds me of how hard it was to do. I can't seem to get that part out of my head and just enjoy the show but I'm working on it because I would like to watch them more. When I watch them I see my face and I see how I was struggling.
Aww that's a bit sad.
Yes it's very sad. [Laughs].
Read the rest of Jerry Seinfeld's interview, plus more Q&As from Nicki Gostin at Popeater.