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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Laugh.com
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005LN3K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Comedy is a very serious business, and the easy flow of a smooth performance belies the deep digging that goes into the art of creating it. That's the basic message underlying the insights collected on this installment of the Laugh.com on Comedy series. Former comic-turned-motivational-speaker Larry Wilde captured them from America's king of the postmodern standup comedy scene himself, Jerry Seinfeld, early during the latter's meteoric ascent. The actual dates of the interviews aren't given, though the material was recorded on fuzzy analogue tape, and Seinfeld is still clearly in touch with the raw experience of the club circuit. He reveals a strikingly upfront and straightforward demeanor, and his comments come across surprisingly unfiltered by the brand of ironic observation Seinfeld turned into a weekly ritual through his mega-hit TV series. Goaded on by Wilde's sometimes humdrum patter of questions, Seinfeld describes his own evolution as a comic, the role of quasi-musical elements such as pacing and rhythm in a performance, and many points of technique that comic wannabes will find of interest (it takes him at least half a year to hone a routine into a finished project, he observes). Seinfeld closely links successful humor with logical discipline--needed to trick your audience into believing in the setup--and declares that "laughs contain thought." Not given to looking at a psychological angle for what motivates great comics, he does ultimately define the comic's project as "an exploration into the self" that requires a hyper-detailed awareness. More actual examples would lighten the discussion (there's almost nothing funny here), but all you meta-types will have a blast. --Sarah Chin

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kresal on January 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful look into the wit of Jerry Seinfeld. If you have an interest in standup, this CD is a special treat as he talks about how he prepared for his first Tonight Show appearance, what classes he might recommend for those interested in comedy, and running from club to club in New York constantly honing his set...for 18 months, completely unaware of what he was really getting himself ready for. If you're looking for material more like the Seinfeld TV show (which this is definitely not), check out Seinfeld's "I'm Telling You For the Last Time" CD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pete Holmes on September 4, 2001
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This CD is a must have for the aspiring stand-up or the Seinfeld (the man, not the show necessarily) fan. The interviewer is fair, but Seinfeld's answers and insights are what make this CD worth listening to again and again. Not a disappointment!
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2002
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Please be aware! This is not a stand up routine of Jerry Seinfeld. This is a copy of an interview done with him. Simply a question and answer interview. If that is what you want, than get it. If you are looking to laugh a lot, don't.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2002
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The interviewer is very annoying. At times he interrupted Jerry's answers, finished Jerry's sentences and blabbed on about his own ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Louis on August 30, 2005
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This album is really meant for comedians or possible comedy writers. It's not meant to be funny, but rather offer insight into Seinfeld's work. Particularly interesting is his discourse on preparing for The Tonight Show and on comedy timing.

A must for anybody involved in the comedy business.
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I bought this CD along with other comedian's CDs on the topic of comedy, as I write and perform comedy with the hopes of making a living at it someday. I've been a writer in other genres such as science fiction, historical macabre fantasy, contemporary drama and game designs, so I enjoy learning the nuances of the craft of comedy writing.

I can tell you there is a reason comedy is king. It's hard to write funny. What I like about Jerry Seinfeld, past all the acclaim he has had for his hit series "Seinfeld", is he knows the importance of writing to the presentation and ultimately audience response.

In this CD, he speaks about the topics of stand up, writing, audience and character qualities of comedians he advocates. It is part of a series of CD from Laugh.com, and I have many other greats in my collection. He talks about the importance of working clean, and some of the top comedy consultants echo the importance of this. He talks about how the schedule and working life of a comedian is.

If you aspire to write comedy, learn stagecraft, presentation and timing insights, become more aware how a working comic lives the life, then this is a great CD for you. I was so inspired by Jerry Seinfeld, I wrote a film treatment based on his acting the lead, though I am small potatoes, and would have to be pretty savvy to just get to him to pitch it. Even though it is outstanding, hehe!

I hope you find this review helpful, for Jerry Seinfeld is a real professional, and there is a lot to learn in this CD if you listen closely. I have listened several times, but then, I need to..

Reviewerly yours,
Art Hermansen
The Lone Comic
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As a new and developing comedian, this has been invaluable to me. I also have the book Great Comedians Talk About Comedy, full of print interviews including this one... and that is edited, so it's cool to hear Jerry Seinfeld actually say it here. You catch the nuances and overall meaning a bit better.

As my review title says, I've listened to this thing at least 5 times over the past 3 months and every time I catch something different.

A couple things about the interviewer: he has interviewed many of the greats in comedy going all the way back to Milton Berle, so he has a good basis for the questions he asks, and he chooses questions that, even if his theory (based on all these comedians) may not be perfect, it still stimulates Jerry to clearly explain his own perspective.
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By bookreader14 on February 24, 2012
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As a new comic, I found this CD extremely helpful. Seinfeld communicated so much about the craft in short segments. He gave me some tools to polish my act. However, this cd is not meant to be funny. It is an interview with a comic genius about his craft.
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