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Jerry Seinfeld sat down with New York Times Magazine to explain how he writes jokes, and proved that you don't get to be Jerry Seinfeld without being a total, utter perfectionist about jokewriting.

He may be one of the most famous stand-up comedians in the world, but it's still astounding to watch his muscular work ethic on full display as he explains how he writes a joke about Pop-Tarts. He also shows that he does all his writing by hand -- and even wrote all his Seinfeld scripts on looseleaf paper with Larry David.

Even when he's discussing how writing the segue between a joke about Pop-Tarts and a joke about chimps is "like songwriting," where each syllable counts, it's clear that he has this craft down to a science.

Check out the New York Times video above, and we highly recommend reading Jonah Weiner's lengthy cover story about him »

- Ross Luippold

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