Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David Had a Secret to Writing ‘Seinfeld’ Before Their Very First Episode

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Seinfeld turned Jerry Seinfeld from a well-liked standup comic to a TV star. The basic sitcom about nothing nonetheless performs in syndication. Seinfeld himself recalled the method he and co-creator Larry David went via to put in writing the very first script, when the present was referred to as The Seinfeld Chronicles.

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Seinfeld was a visitor on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast on June 8. In the dialogue between the 2 comedians, writers and actors, Seinfeld revealed how he developed the key to writing Seinfeld lengthy earlier than he ever obtained the present. 

Jerry Seinfeld realized from the errors of different comedians

Seinfeld rose to prominence at comedy golf equipment like Catch a Rising Star within the ’70s. His purpose was to be on The Tonight Show and he would turn into an everyday. He noticed fellow comics do nicely within the membership with 35 minutes however then bomb on TV doing solely six.

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“He goes on, does well, goes on again, not as good,” Seinfeld advised Maron. “Goes on a third time, struggles, never see him again. I noticed that as a young man. I went, ‘Ohhhh. Now I see how this works. What you think you have is not what you really have when they put you under that light in that context under those constraints.’ So I realized I have to have a way of growing. I need a better system than that. So I set about creating that for myself.”

Jerry Seinfeld practiced writing comedy the way in which George Burns did

A friend gave Seinfeld George Burns’ guide Living It Up, or They Still Love Me In Altoona. Seinfeld determined to observe the tactic for comedy writing Burns described. 

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“I read that he sat and worked every day for at least two hours on jokes, which I had never heard of or done,” Seinfeld stated. “Everybody was just doing it on stage and I think to this day most people do. They just catch hold of an idea, they take it on stage and that works for a lot of people. It wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to go dig deeper down the hole and I wanted to take my time doing it and then take it on stage and then go back and explore.”

That turned Seinfeld’s course of. He wrote most of his basic units you see that means.

“It was the back and forth stage and the pad, the stage and the pad,” Seinfeld stated. “Then I found I was coming up with a lot of stuff. Then I started progressing and going past people. I thought oh, this is my way.”

He was nonetheless writing for ‘The Tonight Show’

Seinfeld’s standup would finally translate into Seinfeld. First, he simply didn’t need to lose his spot within the Tonight Show rotation.

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“I believed if I’m going to get on The Tonight Show 3 times a 12 months and crush each one among them, this has obtained to be a little bit of a severe endeavor,” Seinfeld stated. “Because I loved it so much, all I wanted was I didn’t want to get kicked out. I’d seen so many people get kicked out. You go on, you do a couple shots and they don’t want you anymore. I didn’t want to be one of those casualties.”

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David used the identical course of to create ‘Seinfeld’

By the time Seinfeld and David hooked as much as write The Seinfeld Chronicles, they each know put jokes on a web page. 

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“If you go from that moment to when Larry David and I got the TV series and you roll a blank sheet of paper into a typewriter, I was not intimidated by the because I’d been looking at blank sheets of paper for years at that time,” Seinfeld stated. “I knew how to write. When Jerry and George sit down together at the coffee shop, Larry and I, neither one of us were intimidated by that.”

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