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(YouTube)   Jerry Seinfield helps Louis C.K. with his act. Why do they call it the "Gettysburg Address?" I can't find it on a map. It should be called the "Gettysburg Speech"   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2013-11-13 11:50:25 AM  
i93.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-13 11:54:35 AM  
I have never understood how this guy made a success of his brand of stand-up, or his show.
 
2013-11-13 12:23:38 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I have never understood how this guy made a success of his brand of stand-up, or his show.


Which one?
 
2013-11-13 01:05:09 PM  
Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny.
 
2013-11-13 01:06:53 PM  
The problem with Louis CK's brand of comedy is that it's anger based. Granted, most comedy is, but after a while vitriol stops being funny. The thing about Seinfeld's humor is that it's not confrontational, so while not necessarily edgy, it has a longer shelf life.
 
2013-11-13 01:08:16 PM  
What's the deal with airplane peanuts?
 
2013-11-13 01:08:44 PM  
I laugh at both of them regularly and do not understand those that do not.
 
2013-11-13 01:10:32 PM  
Kramer and George carried the Seinfeld show.
 
2013-11-13 01:12:42 PM  

JolobinSmokin: I laugh at both of them regularly and do not understand those that do not.


I love the new show...Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
 
2013-11-13 01:12:46 PM  
This is the one LCK bit that gets me everytime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wllDzn4jDSQ

For my money, Tom Segura and Paul F. Tompkins are both criminally underrated.
 
2013-11-13 01:15:05 PM  

GalFriday: JolobinSmokin: I laugh at both of them regularly and do not understand those that do not.

I love the new show...Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.


Yeah I enjoy that too, simple and fun.
 
2013-11-13 01:18:49 PM  
Call it Roundtine.
 
2013-11-13 01:19:51 PM  

Crewmannumber6: The problem with Louis CK's brand of comedy is that it's anger based. Granted, most comedy is, but after a while vitriol stops being funny. The thing about Seinfeld's humor is that it's not confrontational, so while not necessarily edgy, it has a longer shelf life.


Anger-based?  You haven't seen much CK I presume.  Maybe you're confusing him with the corpse of Sam Kinison.
 
2013-11-13 01:35:16 PM  
Mike Chewbacca  "Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny"

...but yet somehow he is responsible for the single most successful comedy show in televised history that ran for nine years.
 
2013-11-13 01:37:55 PM  

unyon: Crewmannumber6: The problem with Louis CK's brand of comedy is that it's anger based. Granted, most comedy is, but after a while vitriol stops being funny. The thing about Seinfeld's humor is that it's not confrontational, so while not necessarily edgy, it has a longer shelf life.

Anger-based?  You haven't seen much CK I presume.  Maybe you're confusing him with the corpse of Sam Kinison.


Yeah, my thoughts too. I would never describe Louis CK's brand of comedy as anger based. Maybe a lot of his bits feature some sort of exasperated "WTF were you thinking?" tone to it, but not anger.
 
2013-11-13 01:38:04 PM  

craigdamage: Mike Chewbacca  "Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny"

...but yet somehow he is responsible for the single most successful comedy show in televised history that ran for nine years.


Tenga: Kramer and George carried the Seinfeld show.

 
2013-11-13 01:39:24 PM  

Crewmannumber6: The problem with Louis CK's brand of comedy is that it's anger based. Granted, most comedy is, but after a while vitriol stops being funny. The thing about Seinfeld's humor is that it's not confrontational, so while not necessarily edgy, it has a longer shelf life.


Mike Chewbacca: Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny.


Asked and answered.
 
2013-11-13 01:40:17 PM  

entropic_existence: Yeah, my thoughts too. I would never describe Louis CK's brand of comedy as anger based. Maybe a lot of his bits feature some sort of exasperated "WTF were you thinking?" tone to it, but not anger.


I would call it more exasperation based than anger. So yeah, what you said.
 
2013-11-13 01:44:45 PM  
Lewis black is today's angriest comedian.  CKs comedy comes from the frustration of caring about things.  He kinda comes across as more caring than Jim gaffigan at times and I enjoy them both
 
2013-11-13 01:52:35 PM  
Jerry Seinfeld helping Louis CK is like Sarah Palin helping Winston Churchill.  Not that Louis is the funniest comedian in the world, but he *is* funny.  There are very few 'comedians' less funny than the way-overrated Seinfeld.
 
2013-11-13 01:57:46 PM  

Lor M. Ipsum: Benevolent Misanthrope: I have never understood how this guy made a success of his brand of stand-up, or his show.

Which one?


Good point.  Any of them.

Mike Chewbacca: Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny.


How I should have phrased it to begin with.
 
2013-11-13 01:58:40 PM  

unyon: Crewmannumber6: The problem with Louis CK's brand of comedy is that it's anger based. Granted, most comedy is, but after a while vitriol stops being funny. The thing about Seinfeld's humor is that it's not confrontational, so while not necessarily edgy, it has a longer shelf life.

Anger-based?  You haven't seen much CK I presume.  Maybe you're confusing him with the corpse of Sam Kinison.


I'd have to agree.  It isn't outwardly angry as much as it just seems to poke holes into ridiculous things we all put up with.

To see anger based comics not holding up well, I'd look at Denis Leary, or the last special or two from George Carlin.
 
2013-11-13 02:12:57 PM  
Jerry Seinfeld has done something I have only heard of happening with an artist once before: reached the limitations of the instrument. At the age of 59 there is nothing left for him to do as a comedian. I cannot imagine how lonely that must be.
 
2013-11-13 02:16:53 PM  

craigdamage: Mike Chewbacca  "Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny"

...but yet somehow he is responsible for the single most successful comedy show in televised history that ran for nine years.


GalFriday: I love the new show...Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.


When Larry David was on CICGC, and he and Seinfeld were sitting down at the restaurant, I couldn't stop thinking about the hundreds of millions they each made from "Seinfeld," and how they continue to make millions every year from it thanks to syndication.

Over a decade off the air, and it still makes them millions. Without having to do a thing.
 
2013-11-13 02:27:07 PM  

vonmatrices: unyon: Crewmannumber6: The problem with Louis CK's brand of comedy is that it's anger based. Granted, most comedy is, but after a while vitriol stops being funny. The thing about Seinfeld's humor is that it's not confrontational, so while not necessarily edgy, it has a longer shelf life.

Anger-based?  You haven't seen much CK I presume.  Maybe you're confusing him with the corpse of Sam Kinison.

I'd have to agree.  It isn't outwardly angry as much as it just seems to poke holes into ridiculous things we all put up with.

To see anger based comics not holding up well, I'd look at Denis Leary, or the last special or two from George Carlin.


You probably just didnt get George Carlin. He was never angry in his standup or his personal life. The ultimate goal of a comedian is to step away from society and tell the truth about its absurdity, and the truth hurts. He told the damn truth so hard that people couldnt accept it and called him angry.
 
2013-11-13 02:29:31 PM  
A three-hour tour? A THREE-HOUR TOUR?!!!
 
2013-11-13 02:36:01 PM  

craigdamage: Mike Chewbacca  "Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny"

...but yet somehow he is responsible for the single most successful comedy show in televised history that ran for nine years.


And?

1. America isn't known for her discerning taste in entertainment. Just because something is popular, that doesn't make it high quality.
2. That could mean Seinfeld uses "lowest common denominator" humor.
 
2013-11-13 02:36:06 PM  

Uncle Pooky: craigdamage: Mike Chewbacca  "Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny"

...but yet somehow he is responsible for the single most successful comedy show in televised history that ran for nine years.

GalFriday: I love the new show...Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

When Larry David was on CICGC, and he and Seinfeld were sitting down at the restaurant, I couldn't stop thinking about the hundreds of millions they each made from "Seinfeld," and how they continue to make millions every year from it thanks to syndication.

Over a decade off the air, and it still makes them millions. Without having to do a thing.


Did you see the David Letterman episode?  They were sitting in the restaurant and a customer or the waitstaff said something off camera and David looked at Jerry and said, "Do you own this place?"  Jerry said no, and David replied with, "well, we can change that, can't we?"
Between that and the Paul Newman car, I watched that episode thinking that there must be close to a billion dollars between them.

Greatest episode ever was the Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks episode.  I love that Mel walks to Carl's every night to watch TV and eat soup.
 
2013-11-13 02:37:17 PM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: Jerry Seinfeld has done something I have only heard of happening with an artist once before: reached the limitations of the instrument. At the age of 59 there is nothing left for him to do as a comedian. I cannot imagine how lonely that must be.


He's never really done movies......maybe because he can't act?  And Bee Movie does not count.
 
2013-11-13 02:41:07 PM  

Crewmannumber6: The problem with Louis CK's brand of comedy is that it's anger based. Granted, most comedy is, but after a while vitriol stops being funny. The thing about Seinfeld's humor is that it's not confrontational, so while not necessarily edgy, it has a longer shelf life.


This... Kinda.

Let me preface this by saying that Louis CK is very funny. His stand-up, his show, his interview appearances are all very good.

That said, the first time I saw him live (at a small comedy club in 2008) I didn't enjoy his performance. It was funny, but it was depressing. It was bleak.

Even dark comics like Jim Norton or Dave Attel include some twisted sense of joy into their acts, which I think is necessary for the audience to have a good time.

So yeah, CK is a genius, but for my money I'd rather see Seinfeld, I think it would be a more enjoyable experience.
 
2013-11-13 02:43:52 PM  
GalFriday:

Did you see the David Letterman episode?  They were sitting in the restaurant and a customer or the waitstaff said something off camera and David looked at Jerry and said, "Do you own this place?"  Jerry said no, and David replied with, "well, we can change that, can't we?"
Between that and the Paul Newman car, I watched that episode thinking that there must be close to a billion dollars between them.

Greatest episode ever was the Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks episode.  I love that Mel walks to Carl's every night to watch TV and eat soup.


Seen them all. Rickles was another fantastic episode. Baldwin and Rock were as well. I'm hoping there's another run, and they can get Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby on.
 
2013-11-13 02:44:27 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: craigdamage: Mike Chewbacca  "Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny"

...but yet somehow he is responsible for the single most successful comedy show in televised history that ran for nine years.

And?

1. America isn't known for her discerning taste in entertainment. Just because something is popular, that doesn't make it high quality.
2. That could mean Seinfeld uses "lowest common denominator" humor.


It has also won countless awards and acclamations from professional reviewers. So please tell me then, what is the Mike Chewbacca's arbitrary measuring stick for good television?
 
2013-11-13 02:47:15 PM  

Fallout Boy: You probably just didnt get George Carlin. He was never angry in his standup or his personal life. The ultimate goal of a comedian is to step away from society and tell the truth about its absurdity, and the truth hurts. He told the damn truth so hard that people couldnt accept it and called him angry.


You obviously didnt see his last special. He came across like a bitter, angry old man. Not funny at all. It was sad.

Bill Maher is another one who just biatched for an hour and called it comedy.
 
2013-11-13 02:47:20 PM  
Also, saying that the show "Seinfeld" isn't funny is basically saying that Larry David isn't funny (considering that he was executive producer and head writer) and that makes you a god damn moron.
 
2013-11-13 02:48:57 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: 1. America isn't known for her discerning taste in entertainment. Just because something is popular, that doesn't make it high quality.
2. That could mean Seinfeld uses "lowest common denominator" humor.


is there a farking TV thread that this doesnt appear in?

Just for the record slick, if you are in the entertainment business making money=quality.
 
2013-11-13 02:51:00 PM  

karnal: He's never really done movies......maybe because he can't act?  And Bee Movie does not count.


I think Jerry Seinfeld will be the first to admit he is not an actor. I mean there was even a seinfeld episode about how Jerry's girlfriend was pissed off because he was terrible at expressing his emotions. I have to think that episode was driven by the fact that Jerry the real person was terrible at expressing his emotions on camera.

Not to mention if you watch the first few seasons of the show it was always George dating super hot women. They said that was because back at the beginning he really couldn't act, so all the relationship plotlines that required heavy lifting performance wise were given to the experienced actor.

That said I have seen Jerry Seinfeld live once and although it was expensive it was very funny.
 
2013-11-13 02:51:06 PM  

Madbassist1: Fallout Boy: You probably just didnt get George Carlin. He was never angry in his standup or his personal life. The ultimate goal of a comedian is to step away from society and tell the truth about its absurdity, and the truth hurts. He told the damn truth so hard that people couldnt accept it and called him angry.

You obviously didnt see his last special. He came across like a bitter, angry old man. Not funny at all. It was sad.

Bill Maher is another one who just biatched for an hour and called it comedy.


I watch his stuff, and even listen to his audio books religiously. I didnt like his later stuff for the same reasons you've described, but the more you listen to it, the more you realize where his jokes are coming from and why they are funny. Some of his material takes multiple viewings to be fully understood and absorbed.
 
2013-11-13 02:51:44 PM  

Fallout Boy: I watch his stuff, and even listen to his audio books religiously. I didnt like his later stuff for the same reasons you've described, but the more you listen to it, the more you realize where his jokes are coming from and why they are funny. Some of his material takes multiple viewings to be fully understood and absorbed.


fair enough. Let me give it another look.
 
2013-11-13 02:53:52 PM  

karnal: Mobius strip of human stupidity: Jerry Seinfeld has done something I have only heard of happening with an artist once before: reached the limitations of the instrument. At the age of 59 there is nothing left for him to do as a comedian. I cannot imagine how lonely that must be.

He's never really done movies......maybe because he can't act?  And Bee Movie does not count.


Yeah. He is a pretty bad actor. But it's rare he puts himself in that position. He was never interested in being in movies anyway because he knew they would suck.

But, movies are a form, not the art itself. A musician can reach the limitations of the instrument without playing every tune or style of music ever created. Seinfeld did it with comedy. All he can do now is be funny when it pleases himself, help out other comedians and spend time dabbing in whatever interests he has at the moment. (Which is talking about cars)
 
2013-11-13 02:57:54 PM  
funny stand ups I've seen live.

farking hilarious
clatl.com

Very engaging and talented.

userserve-ak.last.fm

Made tears come to my eyes. Hard.

exclaim.ca

Very Funny, but reuses a lot of his stuff.

i1.ytimg.com  (yeah, it's Biff)
 
2013-11-13 03:00:49 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2013-11-13 03:16:24 PM  

Madbassist1: funny stand ups I've seen live.



I'll play this game.

Louis CK (twice) - Hilarious
Russell Peters (once before he blew up and once after) -  Both hilarious
Joe Rogan - Hilarious
Bill Burr - Hilarious
Marc Maron - Short set, but very funny
Donald Glover - Decent. Funny stuff, but meandered.
Doug Stanhope - Hilarious
Dave Chappelle - Good, but not fantastic
Neal Brennan - Short set, but great
Hannibal Burress - Surprise appearance where he spent the whole set making fun of the airline that canceled his flight.
 
2013-11-13 03:16:48 PM  

Fallout Boy: Mike Chewbacca: craigdamage: Mike Chewbacca  "Jerry Seinfeld is incredibly not funny"

...but yet somehow he is responsible for the single most successful comedy show in televised history that ran for nine years.

And?

1. America isn't known for her discerning taste in entertainment. Just because something is popular, that doesn't make it high quality.
2. That could mean Seinfeld uses "lowest common denominator" humor.

It has also won countless awards and acclamations from professional reviewers. So please tell me then, what is the Mike Chewbacca's arbitrary measuring stick for good television?


I think you guys are both correct.  Seinfeld's comedy isn't ground breaking or overly knee slapping hilarious, but his comedy and Larry David's direction/writing translated very well to TV.  Like, best comedy of all time well.

Conversely, there are comedians light years funnier than Seinfeld.  For instance, Mitch Hedburg is my favorite of all time and is hilarious.  They tried for years to get his comedy to translate to TV, but it never meshed.

And Seinfeld was more or less the glue that held the show together.  The rest of the cast/writing provided most of the great humor.
 
2013-11-13 03:26:57 PM  

Uncle Pooky: GalFriday:

Did you see the David Letterman episode?  They were sitting in the restaurant and a customer or the waitstaff said something off camera and David looked at Jerry and said, "Do you own this place?"  Jerry said no, and David replied with, "well, we can change that, can't we?"
Between that and the Paul Newman car, I watched that episode thinking that there must be close to a billion dollars between them.

Greatest episode ever was the Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks episode.  I love that Mel walks to Carl's every night to watch TV and eat soup.

Seen them all. Rickles was another fantastic episode. Baldwin and Rock were as well. I'm hoping there's another run, and they can get Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby on.


That would be epic!!  Bob Newhart is one funny, funny man.  I have loved his guest appearances on Big Bang.
 
2013-11-13 03:30:50 PM  
i2.listal.com
Remember when Seinfeld dated her?
 
2013-11-13 03:33:48 PM  

CarnySaur: Remember when Seinfeld dated her?


Is that that Shoshanna Tittenbaum chick?
 
2013-11-13 03:37:45 PM  

maweimer9: And Seinfeld was more or less the glue that held the show together. The rest of the cast/writing provided most of the great humor.


He was the straight man.
 
2013-11-13 03:49:55 PM  

GalFriday: JolobinSmokin: I laugh at both of them regularly and do not understand those that do not.

I love the new show...Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.


Thanks for this.  There goes my afternoon (and tomorrow probably as well)
 
2013-11-13 04:09:30 PM  
Seinfeld and C.K. talk about essentially the same sort of thing - being annoyed by existence. They both even rely on exasperation for the jokes. The difference is Seinfeld is is coolly detached from the subject while Louis is painfully attached. Both are comic geniuses and should be treasured by anyone who enjoys laughing.
 
2013-11-13 04:19:50 PM  

CarnySaur: [i2.listal.com image 560x1000]
Remember when Seinfeld dated her?

 
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