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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Jerry Seinfeld apologises to Red Dwarf star

Robert Llewelyn had a 'comedians in cars' show long before him...

Jerry Seinfeld has issued an apology to Red Dwarf star Robert Llewelyn over Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.

Earlier this week, the US comedian released a trailer for the upcoming 11th series of his show in which he mocked other shows – including James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke – for being copycats.

But as many, including Chortle, pointed out, Seinfeld is on shaky ground when it comes to claiming originality – as  Llewellyn had an almost identical series called Carpool in 2009.

That show was filmed on a dashboard GoPro as he chauffeured guests including Stephen Fry and Professor Brian Cox in his hybrid car.

Today, Seinfeld tweeted: ‘Apology to Robert Llewelyn Car Pool. Had not heard of it.’

When the American launched his show in 2012, Llewellyn said he got 'literally thousands of tweets from people going, "Jerry Seinfeld stole your show! Sue him! You’ll be worth millions!"’ But he never did

In 2017, told The Daily Beast: ‘The lawyers confirmed that we couldn’t sue them and I wouldn’t want to. It just creates bad blood and I don’t want to be that person that does that sort of thing.’

In his new trailer,  Seinfeld says: ‘We have noticed that we have influenced – shall we say – a number of other shows,’ and listed a number of other programmes.

'We are proud that others have taken notice of our style and been inspired by it,' he added. ‘The only comment we would like to make is that if you are going to knock us off, get it right!’

The new series, which launches on July 19, features Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, Jamie Foxx, Sebastian Maniscalco, Martin Short, Mario Joyner, Melissa Villaseñor, Bridget Everett and Barry Marder.

Llewelyn has just returned to TV in his Red Dwarf role as Kryten, for a series of AA adverts.

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Published: 3 Jul 2019

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