Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up

Joke-telling as a muscle:

“Since Richard Pryor, at least, confession has been prized in stand-up, and this is as true today as ever. The biggest stand-up story of 2012 came this summer, when the comedian Tig Notaro took a Los Angeles stage and wrung laughs from a saga of personal misery that included the sudden death of her 65-year-old mother followed by a breast-cancer diagnosis. At Seinfeld’s office, I asked him what he’d do, onstage, if he had a month like that, and I appended a ‘God forbid’ to the question. ‘Thank you for “God forbid,” ‘ he said. ‘I love it. Hilarious. You have to say that.’ He clapped his hands with delight. ‘If I had a month like that, I’d do a whole bit about “God forbid.” ‘”

Published: Dec 20, 2012
Length: 25 minutes (6,299 words)
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