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Is This Anything?

2020 | Nonfiction
A cover of Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld (2020)
C: 3 stars (out of 5)
on Sep 10, 2022

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s standup material arranged in chronological order with autobiographical interludes. It begins with his first successful bits—one of my favorites concerns Life cereal—builds to his star making Tonight Show appearance and carries through his self-titled sitcom and I’m Telling You for the Last Time HBO special.

At this point, Seinfeld had retired. But seeing Chris Rock perform reignited his passion for the art. Rather than recycle his old material, he starts over. The later third comprises bits he developed in the New York clubs post-stardom. It has a distinct voice, one older and crankier, but still Seinfeld. While amusing, these bits lacked instant classics like “The Helmet” or “Public Speaking.”

Reading History

    Sat Sep 10, 2022 via Audible (Read by Jerry Seinfeld)
    Listened to over 5 Days
    1. 06 Sep, 2022
    2. 07 Sep, 2022
    3. 09 Sep, 2022
    4. 10 Sep, 2022