Jerry Seinfeld: The Creative Struggle, Finding Meaning, Learning From Le Crowd, Love, and Getting Old

Ti’s time for another podcast of famous-person-advice-deconstruction—or in other words, to hear the best advice of the people we admire on the screen, in the books, in academia, or in today’s case, in comedy. There is something refreshing, inspiring and quite marvellous about the great comedians, which is, that they tell the truth. It is an unfortunate fact about life (or perhaps, fortunate, depending on which way one looks at it) that truth is scary, boring, dull, dry, and essentially the total opposite of story and fiction, which is exciting, simulating, engaging, memorable. But comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, and a many other brilliant names, rarely tell lies—yes, maybe they over-exaggerate and fictionalise sometimes, but the way you tell a good comedian from a great one is by assessing how they tell the truth. Simply, if they light up the room, tears up stomachs, and soak the floor with tears of laughter, then they are greats.

A specialist in observational comedy, the stand-up comic Jerry Seinfeld is certainly one of those greats. He’s also writer, director, producer and actor; of course, most people will know him from the American sitcom, Seinfeld, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made.

Here he is talking about the creative struggle, the ball-ache that is life, paying attention, dealing with criticism, and on getting old.


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