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  1. Introduction
  2. An overview of Jerry Seinfeld and his work
  3. A review of the TV show 'About nothing'
  4. A review of the HBO Comedian Award
  5. An overall study of Jerry Seinfeld's work
  6. Conclusion
  7. Reference

Mel Brooks once said, ?Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.? Humor's never sounded so pure. Mel Brooks seems to be saying that what's funny is what's most extreme while truthful in the resultant unexpected pain of a circumstance. While it makes sense that many modern television sitcoms often follow through on their comedic impulses until the end of each episode (Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock), TV Land has certainly had its fair share of pansies. Until the 1990s, sitcoms were often based on one-problem premises for predefined characters, many one-liners, and a lesson learned at the end of each episode. ?Aaaawwww.? Any tragedy or pain that came from these shows was as a result of hard events we related to in our own lives (going out on a first date, getting fired from our job, the awkward family vacation, etc.). These were life-situation comedies, and the humor came from the little cuts in our finger that might interrupt how we wanted to pursue our larger life purposes as humans, plus three-minute commercial breaks and canned laughter. The ending of each show was like a band aid, and soon enough our leading characters' boo-boos were all cleared up by next week's episode. It makes me want to puke. As displayed in his standup, his television show, his animated movie, and his writing, I think Jerry Seinfeld did also.

[...] On the show, Jerry Seinfeld plays as him standup comic, in jeans with button-down shirts, living in a New York City apartment), revealing the self that went into his standup work, a self that sees irony in the way people speak about things and the way people deal with awkward yet mundane situations. His natural sarcasm and wit work on this show because, given how involved he is in the writing process, we feel he'd say his jokes off-the-cuff if he was in those actual situations. [...]


[...] Caryn James in the New York Times describes this standup show as featuring the same old Jerry with material we've heard him tell for years, and despite the title of his performance, he still brings success to the Broadway stage with his original style of observational humor. His jokes get the same laughs, and by allowing Jerry to bring all his material together (besides the shorter bits he did at the beginning and end of his sitcom, as well as in his best-selling book, Sein language), he is able to create a solid one-hour routine in the polished way he had been most comfortable with his entire career. [...]


[...] Like the city, everything changed quickly, and Jerry Seinfeld felt like he owed his audience that accurate inconsistency by not dwelling on one specific situation over the course of many episodes. Part of the appeal of Seinfeld was keeping the arc of the season inconsistent in the same way the plot-line of the episodes always kept his audience guessing. While George's marriage to his fiancée Susan carried an entire season, as well as the fourth season arc about starting a sitcom, the episodes' plot-lines rarely connect with previous stories, every episode putting a tag on its initial premises so that they are self- contained. [...]

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