Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

Date of birth: 29-04-1954

A born and bred New Yorker, Jerry Seinfeld’s interest in comedy began when as student in the city’s Queens College, where he communications and theatre. His first open-mic night in the Catch A Rising Star club came in 1976, right after he graduated.

Three years later, he landed a small recurring role on the Benson sitcom as a mail delivery boy who had comedy routines that no one wanted to hear. In May 1981, Seinfeld made his first appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, leading to several appearances on the late-night talk show circuit.

In 1989, he created Seinfeld (originally titled the Seinfeld Chronicles) with Larry David the show that would go on to become the most successful sitcom in American TV history over its nine-year run. It has made him incredibly wealthy through syndication, and he earns up to $85 million a year, which helps him indulge his passion for cars, owning reported 46 Porsches.

After his sitcom ended, Seinfeld returned to stand-up; recording the show I'm Telling You for the Last Time during his 1998 tour, which briefly visited Britain. He then had to create a new set, a process captured in the 2002 documentary Comedian.

In 2008, he helped create the animated Bee Movie, and provided the voice for the main character. The following year, he again worked with his Seinfeld co-stars for a storyline in David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm revolving around a long-anticipated reunion. In 2010, he was executive producer on the American reality show The Marriage Ref.

He has also written a number of books, including 1993’s Seinlanguage, based on his stand-up routines, and 2002 kids’ book Halloween.

He has been married to Jessica since 1999, and they have daughter and two sons.

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Comics tie for Critics' Choice award

Honour shared between Jerry Seinfeld and Michelle Buteau

Jerry Seinfeld and Michelle Buteau tied for the award for best comedy special at the Critics’ Choice Award last night.

Buteau scored the same honour for her very first full-length special as 45-year comedy veteran Seinfeld.

Her show, Welcome To Buteaupia, was released on Netflix in September and described by one reviewer as ‘bold, brash, proud, amusing and captivating’.

In an excited acceptance speech, she said: ‘I just want to say, "If you want to do something in your life, anything anything, you do it because you are enough. You are always enough!" Yes! The Critics' Choice Awards!' 

Taking his award for  23 Hours to Kill, also on Netflix, Seinfeld said: ‘I like critics.

‘I don't care if the reviews are good or bad. In comedy, we have to have critics. We have to get opinions and those opinions are how we figure out our jokes, so I have always enjoyed reading reviews. This is a very exciting thing to win.

'So thank you to the critics and, as much as it's nice to get this I know what we really want… we want to be onstage somewhere making people smile and laugh.That's what we want more than anything and we hope to be back doing that soon. But in the meantime, thanks a lot!' 

Also nominated for the accolade were Fortune Feimster, Hannah Gadsby, Marc Maron, and Patton Oswalt - all of whom also released their specials through Netflix.

Meanwhile Ted Lasso, Apple+’s series about an American sports coach in the UK was named best comedy over fellow nominees Better Things, The Flight Attendant, Mom, PEN15, Ramy, Schitt’s Creek and What We Do in the Shadows.

Its star Jason Sudeikis was named best actor in a comedy series wit Schitt’s Creek matriarch Catherine O’Hara taking the equivalent actress award.

Schitt’s Creek creator Dan Levy was named best supporting actor in a comedy and Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham best supporting actress.

Palm Springs – an infinite time-loop romcom starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Miliot – was named best comedy movie.

 And Maria Bakalova was named best supporting actress for her role alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

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Published: 8 Mar 2021

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