Is Jerry Seinfeld Still Funny?

Never was a huge Seinfeld fan.

Sure, I enjoyed the TV show and thought some episodes were very funny. Jerry himself? Just OK to me. I thought the ensemble comedy TV series Friends was a much better comedy TV series. I know others will disagree. That’s OK.

So, this past week Netflix comes out with a new one hour comedy stand-up special: Jerry Seinfeld: 23 hours to Kill. I saw it and if we reviewed comedy stand-up TV shows here (it’s pretty far afield from movie and TV series), I’d give it a pretty terrible rating.

It just wasn’t funny. Stand-up is tough, but Seinfeld is no Dangerfield, Pryor, Murphy, Robin Williams. Those guys can crack me up in seconds. Seinfeld’s comedy material is focused on sardonic wit, absurdity in every day life. He has humorous observations, but his live in his 60s, quite rich, seems removed from the every man/woman on the street.

As I’m reading through blogs, news and other online pubs, others are sharing similar negative thoughts.

In the space of one hour, I laughed twice and smiled once – which is about the same rate as I maInage at funerals. Seinfeld looks fantastic at 65 (he’s turned 66 since the special was recorded last fall), but I kept thinking that, if this is really the best material he has accrued over the past 20 years, maybe he should think about retirement.

Sorry, Jerry Seinfeld, it’s time to retire – or come clean about your life – Television – Haaretz.com

Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t need to do stand-up comedy any more. He doesn’t need to be successful at it. He’s doing it because he wants to do so. That’s one of his “jokes” early on in the special and it kind of rubbed me the wrong way during our current pandemic times.

Much the way Gal Gadot’s Imagine video did (see: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot’s Imagine Instagram Karaoke is disliked, imagine that?).

If the jokes don’t land, I get it, not the end of the world. Maybe I want to laugh to more uplifting material. Strike that, I just want comedians to be out there taking risks. Seinfeld’s comedy doesn’t really find the humor like it once did in these current times. On the plus side, he’s a clean comedian, not resorting to the profanity and blue comedy. I’d be OK if he didn’t go the Bill Cosby material route, but whatever.

Do you think Jerry Seinfeld is that funny?

The title of the post uses the word “still funny” as if to indicate he was once funny. He was. His other stand-up special on Netflix, Jerry Seinfeld: I’m telling you for the last time is funnier than his new stand-up special.

I mean, side-splitting laugh out loud funny? Was Seinfeld ever that funny to you compared to the greatest stand-up comedians of all time? I realize some do consider him that way already and certainly his show goes down as one of the greats, but is Seinfeld, as a comedian, one of the best ever? Why? Why not?

2 thoughts on “Is Jerry Seinfeld Still Funny?

  1. No, I never was much of a fan of his stand-up. My comedy taste is more into the classic Woody Allen comedies and Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker films (Airplane!, The Kentucky Fried Movie, Top Secret!, and The Naked Gun).

    I do like his show though. Even more so when I learned that Superman appears or is brought up in every episode.

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    1. Yes ,the show was good. I liked Julia Louise-Dreyfus especially as the straight person comic. Also Jason Alexander. As I said above, as an ensemble comedy I think Friends was better. Seinfeld’s brand of irony just isn’t all that funny to me. I see how others enjoy him though and the show was better as an ensemble piece.

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