Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Raise your hand

Raise your hand if you think Jerry Seinfeld is a brilliant comic?

Raise your hand and tell me what Jerry Seinfeld consciously doesn't do yet is still considered a brilliant comic?

Then help me understand why perfectly intelligent men and women feel the need to do it.

Because I seriously don't get it.

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41 Comments:

Jennifer P. said...

he doesn't CUSS!!! SO many a good joke is ruined by the foul language---so many a good movie too. Like every Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler movie around. Soooo funny if they JUST WOULDN'T GO THERE!!! I've never seen Jerry live, so maybe he pushes the envelope some on his live show, but somehow I doubt it.

This was a long comment for not even knowing if I was right on my guess :).

But as long as I'm on this vein---it's kind of like Dooce. So many bloggers aspire to be like her, but she has SUCH a potty mouth.

If life were the Office, I guess I'd be Angela the prude. "Orange is whoorish" :)

{Anissa} said...

I love watching his show -- There is never nothing bad so I don't have to worry about my kids watching him.

Jaci said...

Jennifer, thank you for the "Orange is whoorish" line. I just spit on my screen and nothing was in my mouth. That's how funny that was.

HeathahLee said...

I agree with Jennifer P. And I wonder the same thing. I think Robin Williams is hysterical but can't watch him because he is so filthy-mouthed. Why, why, why?

RJN said...

Ah now this is in my wheelhouse :-)
Seinfeld is brilliant and he does not use foul language. As Debbie can attest, I know my fair share of Seinfeld trivia. Scary fact - there is a Seinfeld trivia game on Facebook and I have answered over 1900 questions correctly. Yes that is a lot of "worthless knowledge".

"The Man"

Kendra said...

I don't know why he's funny, he just is. My husband and I love his show, even now, 10 years after it went off the air. We watch the re-runs and have all the seasons on DVD.

Like others have said, he doesn't cuss like so many other comedians. Even in his live shows...hubby and I saw him earlier this year and I really can't tell you what he said, but I remember the audience was roaring for just about the whole set. He talked a lot about his wife and kids, his parents, and his friends...he relates to the average joe kind of person. He talks about nothing and it's funny.

Monica said...

I think he's funny but Kraemer (spelling?) is hysterical. Did you see the episode when he had a piece of bread in each pocket of his robe and asked Seinfeld if he had any meat? Tickles me!

Monica said...

I think he's funny but Kraemer (spelling?) is hysterical. Did you see the episode when he had a piece of bread in each pocket of his robe and asked Seinfeld if he had any meat? Tickles me!

SKELLER said...

Yup. He doesn't curse (I didn't know that was a conscious choice he made. But it was the first thing I thought of when you posed the question).

My boys and I just saw The Bee Movie yesterday in the theater (free summer family film festival thingy) for the first time. Brilliant. Funny. Visually beautiful. I laughed the WHOLE WAY THRU. What a treat. Usually I just tolerate the lame, animated, thinly plotted (is that a word?), children's movies. But The Bee Movie? So enjoyable.

And I don't have a clue why the other "comedians" feel the need to use the language they use.

Teri said...

I am a huge Jerry Seinfeld fan. Have been for years. He's just funny, I can't figure out why, he just is. I am taking an Honors course this Fall that is called Nothing. I found out that we will watch a few episodes of the Jerry Seinfeld show. Excellent! I love that Nothing can be so exciting.

Because I have a life full of it. :-)

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Life With My 3 Boybarians said...

Debbie,

You should have heard the "women" at BlogHer. It was the first time in my adult life I heard a grown "woman" use the 'c' word. Soooo not kidding.

It was really... ummm.... awkward. And uncomfortable. And she knew better.

BlogHer also had a lot of f-bombs. Weird. Just weird.

I'll provide a Second That to the Bee Movie. We saw it last year. Funny stuff.

Lauren W said...

I whole-heartedly agree! Jerry is absolutely hysterical, and I never have to feel uncomfortable about watching.
Also, do people feel like it makes them sound cool (or something?) because to me it just makes them sound kinda dumb. That's all.
Meanwhile, I nearly died when I read "Orange is whorish".

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

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Insane Mama said...

I don't mind reading Cuss words, but I hate to hear woman cuss out loud. It's so repulsive. I say S*hit all the time, but it's usually just in my head, I doubt it's audible.

Lula! said...

What?

I'm confused. Really.

Swirl Girl said...

I have no %$#@&! idea what the $#@% he doesn't do!

LOL!!

EEEEMommy said...

I was going to write, "Raise your hand if you don't get this post?" but your brilliant commenters clued me in. Ah yes, of course, now I understand, and agreee WHOLEHEARTEDLY!!! Are you watching last comic standing or something???
Why is it that all the women comedians feel the need to be so raunchy???

Emily said...

I use to hate him, but I have grown to love him! He is HILARIOUS!

Z's Mom said...

He doesn't curse.

Love him.....it took me a little while to get sucked in to Seinfeld....but once I did....well, I was sucked in. What I just said was really stupid....

Anywho....I can relate everything that happens in my life to a Seinfeld episode.....that show was brilliant....or my life is just not funny....one of the two!

Michelle said...

Apparently this is what I get for never getting into Seinfeld. I've never watched it, and my husband and parents make references all the time that I just don't get. Thankfully the rest of your readers are more culturally clued in than I am!

Kudos to him for not swearing though. I'm a no swearer. Which makes it that much more effective on the rare occasions when I do!

Kat said...

I may be the odd person out here, but...

I've been to see Jerry Seinfeld's stand up routine twice once in the early/mid 90's and then again in late 2000. The first time was magnificient, hilarious and quite clean. The second time was just as hilarious, too. BUT there was, indeed, quite a bit of foul language the second time around. Yes, he did "push the envelope" as Jennifer P said. My husband who didn't go with me the first time, but did go the second time had a bad taste in his mouth over it. My cousin, who went both times, also noticed that the second time we saw him he was much more free in using foul language. Obviously, I like Jerry Seinfeld as I've paid out the moolah to see him in person, but he's really not as squeaky clean as some might think.

Kat said...

UGH. There are grammar mistakes all in that post I just made. I really hate that...

ann said...

Sorry, I think Seinfeld is annoying. The tone is just annoying. I do LOVE the office - and orange is whorish.

Kathi said...

Love Jerry Seinfeld! Even though I've seen every episode of Seinfeld one million times, I still love it and will watch it when I'm flipping through the channels. I hate all of the cussing....even in PG movies....it is so unnecessary.

I totally agree with Jennifer P. about Dooce, as you know, Debbie. I just don't get it. What is the attraction there?

Tam said...

He came to Savannah and I got to see him live in 2001. It was a really good show and there was NO POTTY mouthy talk at all. I was skeptical about going to the show and my co workers bought me the ticket for my birthday. He made me a fan after that show. I laughed so hard all night!

I do not understand it but he sucked me in deep at that point and well someone tell me WHY?

Karen said...

The one show of his that I've been two, he didn't use any swear words and he was really funny.

A friend went to another of his shows, a little more recently, and she said that he swore quite a lot.

Not sure why perfectly intelligent men or women feel the need to use curse words. Perhaps they feel it makes them look tough or something..

I've been known to let loose with the occassional s**t ... usually when I hit my finger with a hammer or do something else as equally painful or stupid. But it's not an everyday thing with me and I certainly don't say F**K every second word. I really hate it when I'm on the bus or out in public and that's all you can hear.

Shannon said...

I'd watch Seinfeld when it was on... but it was never a show that I just had to watch. I always think Jerry looks like he's about to crack up; like he can't keep a straight face.
Hubby, on the other hand, would never miss an episode and has all seasons on DVD.

Nik said...

He doesn't use curse words. I'm the same way - although I didn't always be that way. I used to put football players and sailors to shame. Then I grew up ;>

I even have friends now that heard me say he!! the other day and it FLOORED them. We WERE having a discussion about heaven and he!! but they were still floored it came out of my mouth. ROFL

I guess the way I've lived my life, be the rebel, do everything WRONG - get married - THEN become the goody-two-shoes :> It works for me at least

Kris said...

Just stopped in to see all the "Family Secrets" in your comments! Don't know if I have enough time to read them all though?
How can you tell if someone has been to your blog and not commented?

Missy said...

I didn't make the connection at first either, but you're correct. Brian Regan is another good comic that keeps it clean. To be perfectly honest, my blog is probably much cleaner than my IRL language. I work in a field that is...ahem, how shall I say it? Rough. But I still have to set an example and it is a struggle when you are surrounded by others who choose not to do the same. I'm not excusing my occasional poor choice of words in real life, but at least on my blog I can take the time to think through and choose my words more carefully. I just keep thinking: what if one of the teens that I work with, or a kid from our church were to get ahold of my blog address?

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

And furthermore, when you DON'T do it, and you accidently DO it (ie mom and the fuzzy duck) it makes the gaffe THAT much more funny.

Moi said...

Just stumbled on to this blog from somewhere else and then...almost had coffee out the nose from the "orange is whorish" comment. I'll be back!

HappyHourSue said...

I hate when you're at a comedy show and they suddenly "go there" and you're all "Hahahahahahahahahahah- oooh.awkward...please stop."

Mama Dawg said...

I can't stand Jerry Seinfeld. I know I'm in the minority but it's just not funny to me.

I don't mind cussing. I do it myself. I'm better now that I have a kid, but I still do it.

I feel it's a way of expressing yourself when no other words can do it.

I'm not talking about dropping the f-bomb all the time or using cuss words to tear someone down, but sometimes "heinie or butt or bootie" just doesn't do the sentence justice like "a$$" can.

I know that in my circumstances, people just don't seem to "hear" me when I talk. However, if I drop in a cuss word, I get noticed and my point gets across. I won't go into details on the people not "hearing" me part here in your comments section, though! That's a whole other story.

I guess it's just a personal choice and a personal preference.

Caroline said...

I think non-cussing comedians are sometimes WAAAAAAAY more funny than ones who cuss. Bob Saget - host of the old school America's Funniest Home Videos - BIG potty mouth, BIG! I like Seinfeld. He's kind of goofy. Another guy who is hysterical, but is sometimes a little on the dirty side is Jeff Dunham - a ventriloquist. He is uber talented. And I must address the hot mess that is Kramer. I so have a friend from college that IS Kramer. Looks, acts, height, etc. He's Kramer, in younger form.

Sissy said...

I don't like the Seinfeld show all that much...I always thought the funniest part was the first couple minutes of stand-up. We have some of his stand-up on DVD and I die laughing each time we watch it. The jokes never get old.

I don't swear in real life and I grew up in a town where you were considered "farmer trash" if you swore. Now, I have nothing against farmers, but I can't stand a pretty woman with a trashy mouth.

I do love the Office though. Why, oh why, didn't Jim propose?

Gramma 2 Many said...

Kris, if you read way back in Deb's comments you may learn some of the family secrets. If not just ask me. I will tell you:}

Have never really watched Seinfield, so did not get your question. Maybe it would be worth my time. After I move the fridge and stove and clean the house.

Katy Lin :) said...

me me me!!! pick me! i know! he doesn't swear! at all! i have never understood the fascination either! :)

ohhollyf said...

Kramer cracks me up !
My hubby doesn't get the hummor, nor watch the Office,
But i'll rewatch it and whatabout
Everybody loves Raymond, is that show a rerun watcher?

Strawberry Blonde said...

For me, I cannot stand it when a comedian starts to laugh as he is about to deliver the punchline. Completely drives me bananas.

Seinfeld has such a dry stage presence, that he doesn't laugh. To me, that makes him funny. I do not need some comedian try to convince me he is funny by laughing at his own jokes. Trust me, I know funny. I'll laugh if it's funny, I do not need prompting.

That's my take on the matter.

-- Brandi