Jerry Seinfeld Details
The pilot of the iconic television show Seinfeld, if you don’t remember, opens with Jerry criticizing the button placement on George’s shirt. “The second button literally makes or breaks the shirt,” Jerry says in his signature whine. “Look at it: it's too high! It's in no-man's-land!” It’s a fitting opening, as the “show about nothing” would ride this type of petty, observational humor en route to becoming perhaps the most successful television show in history. For Jerry—the real person, not the TV character—it was a performance years in the making. Throughout the 1980s, he honed his unique brand of stand-up in New York City clubs, becoming a favorite guest of David Letterman and other late-night hosts. In 1988, he linked up with Larry David to create Seinfeld, first known as The Seinfeld Chronicles.
The show, obviously, was a hit. It ran from 1989 to 1998, spanning nine seasons and 180 episodes. Along fellow NBC show ER, it dominated television ratings on a weekly basis for nearly the entire ’90s. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America voted it to be the second best written television series of all time, second to only The Sopranos. Post-Seinfeld, Jerry has dabbled in a variety of ventures. He wrote and produced the 2007 animated film Bee Movie, and voice-acted as its main character, Barry B. Benson. In 2011, he directed Colin Quinn on Broadway in the one-man show Long Story Short. Since 2012, he has hosted the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which, as the title suggests, combines his well-known passion for antique automobiles and pithy conversations with his fellow comedians. He currently holds a residency at New York City’s famous Beacon Theatre, performing stand-up comedy once a month for a sold-out crowd.