I'm Telling You for the Last Time
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1998 standup performance from the iconic comedian... "How could anybody not like him?" - Mrs Seinfeld.
On Jerry Seinfeld's debut CD, he already sounds sick of his material. Of course, the point of the performance that it captures--the HBO special I'm Telling You for the Last Time--was to perform the routine one last time and then retire it forever. This recording was taped just a couple of months after Seinfeld went off the air, and the crowd sounds like it's jonesing for a fix--they laugh at everything, even Seinfeld's setup lines ("So what's with the cabdrivers and the BO?"). Still, Seinfeld's humor--that now-familiar observation from a satisfyingly elitist point of view--delivers. But after all the late-night talk-show appearances, the book Seinlanguage, and nine years of the series, was there really any question? --Randy SilverSee all Editorial Reviews
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"I'm Telling You For The Last Time" is Jerry Seinfeld's first stand up album and is hilarious at that, but there are certain people who have a problem with it. A few have a problem with that much of the material is unoriginal and was featured on his TV series...BUT IT'S FUNNY!!! Why can't great comedy be heard more than once, and now it's all featured on one CD so you don't have to pop in an episode of Seinfeld to find the joke you wanted to hear during his stand up act. And besides that, it's more of a recollection of some of his funniest stand up so it can be put on one album hence the title of this CD "I'm Telling You For The Last Time."
This album is absolutely hilarious and any Jerry Seinfeld fan should have it, Jerry Seinfeld just has a very unique style of comedy and the reason why it's so funny is because so much of his stand up just shows us how silly us humans can be, I absolutely recommend this album.
We both enjoyed it a lot, especially the beginning. We did not finish it because we had to focus on the directions to where we were going later in the car ride.
Some of the jokes would have been funnier if we saw the video. So the audio was good, but the video would have been better.
1. The material isn't new.
2. The material is unoriginal.
3. The material isn't "edgy" enough.
So, here are my rebuttals to these complaints, in hopes of straigtening a few things out (sarcasm intended, since I'm sure they really don't care):
1. Of course it isn't new material, its called "I'm telling you for the LAST time." Its really more of a greatest hits performance since Jerry Seinfeld never released an album. I agree it would have been cool to have some of his earlier performances on an album, but we don't have the luxury, and I don't know about you, but I'd perfer to have my Seinfeld stand up actually documented on a disc as opposed to the previous option, one minute chunks before and after an episode of his sitcom.
2. There was a time when this actually was quite original. You see, Jerry Seinfeld got incredibly famous, and so many up and coming comedians started ripping him off that his observational comedic stylings became very common (a point beautifully illustrated in the SNL game show parody "Stand Up and Win" hosted by Jerry Seinfeld himself). If the material and style sounds unoriginal, keep in mind, Seinfeld pretty much did it first.
3. Why should comedy have to be "edgy" to be good? Jerry Seinfeld was funny without being dirty or obscene (the worst you hear in this CD is a handfull of "G-d D-mns"). I personally think that the R rated material is a crutch, if you can't be funny without being dirty, then you're not really that good in the first place.
So there you have it, my takes on the complaints against Seinfelds only album. It's some good stuff really, there's a reason why people ripped off his act, and that reason is because he was a really funny, really sucessful comedian.