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Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the comedy club where he began his career to recount his early life.

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Michael Bonfiglio

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Jerry Seinfeld
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Himself
Jimmy Brogan ... Himself - Special Guest
Mark Schiff ... Himself - Special Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn Liebling Carolyn Liebling ... Herself - Jerry's Sister (archive footage)
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Jerry Seinfeld returns to The Comic Strip in New York City for a stand-up set at the club that helped launched his career. Interspersed with never-before-seen material -- including a library of legal pads with every joke he's written since 1975, childhood videos, and more -- Jerry performs jokes that put him on the comedy map. Written by Netflix

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Michael Bonfiglio was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special category for Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017), but lost to Glenn Weiss for The Oscars (2018). See more »

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Nothing amazing, but still a nice and amusing way to spend an hour
26 September 2017 | by Jeremy_UrquhartSee all my reviews

Jerry Seinfeld's clearly a pro comes when it comes to comedy, and even if he's telling jokes that aren't among his strongest or best, I still find them entertaining (as is the case here). Most of Jerry Before Seinfeld shows Jerry telling jokes from throughout his career, while small sections where he reflects on his past and his beginnings in comedy are interspersed throughout his routine.

This special is a little on the short side, and likely won't blow anyone's expectations, but fans of Jerry Seinfeld will likely get something out of it. Most jokes worked for me personally, even if nothing really proved to be 'laugh out loud' funny.

There were only a couple of parts that I thought misfired. There's a short section where two of Jerry's friends reminisce with him about doing comedy in the 1970s, which felt a little awkward and forced, and then another part shortly after, where somebody in the audience calls out something related to baseball, which Jerry then springboards off and begins a lengthy joke about sports teams. If this was intended to feel spontaneous or unscripted, it didn't really.

Still, I can't be too negative about watching this, because it was enjoyable enough and, like I said, most of it worked fairly well. Also, I've always admired Jerry Seinfeld's ability to be funny without being raunchy or swearing a whole lot, even though I personally don't really have a problem with bad language in comedy (if I did, there wouldn't be too many comedians I could listen to!) I guess his relatively clean comedy serves as a nice change of pace, and maybe even adds to the casual, relaxed feeling of a comedy special such as this one.


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