If you’re a comedy enthusiast, then you are definitely familiar with Jerry Seinfeld. While Seinfeld is known for his over-exaggerated portrayal of himself on the hit sitcom, Seinfeld, he has done many other things in the comedic world, which makes him a comedic powerhouse. But, have you ever wondered how Seinfeld gained his success, and how he started out? If so, continue below to learn about Seinfeld’s life.
Early Life and Early Career
Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Massapequa, New York. Growing up he never considered a career in comedy, and he never even took an interest into comedy. But, during his time at the Queens College, City University of New York, he became intrigued by stand-up comedy, and even performed a few times. Then, in 1976, Seinfeld graduated college, with communication and theater degrees, and immediately began searching for comedian gigs. He found an open microphone night at the Catch a Rising Star club, in New York City, and tried out. His performance at the open microphone night led to his appearance in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special.
During the late ‘90s, Seinfeld attempted to land any and every comedic role he could. In 1979, he landed a small role on Benson. Seinfeld played Frankie, a mail delivery boy who had an aspiration to be a stand-up performer, but no one wanted to listen to his routines. Although the role was recurring, Seinfeld was abruptly fired. Two years later, Seinfeld appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His success on that show led him to frequently appear on the show, as well as Late Night with David Letterman.
After spending over ten years performing stand-up gigs, and landing small roles in television shows, Seinfeld teamed up with Larry David and created The Seinfeld Chronicles, which they successfully pitched to NBC. In order to avoid confusion with the sitcom, The Marshall Chronicles, The Seinfeld Chronicles were renamed to Seinfeld. Seinfeld starred Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander. Each cast member played an over-exaggerated version of someone. Alexander’s character, George, is known to be an over exaggerated version of one of the show’s creators, Larry David.
Seinfeld became increasingly popular, and is known as one of the most influential and monumental sitcoms in American history. The show led each of the actors to become extremely successful, especially Seinfeld.
It’s no secret that Seinfeld gained a lot of success, as well as acting opportunities, within Hollywood. But, instead of committing to a full-time acting career, Seinfeld returned to stand-up comedy. From directly after Seinfeld ended, in 1998, to the mid 2000’s, Seinfeld recorded many comedy specials, as well as touring a few times, and appearing in various commercials.
From the mid 2000’s, to today, Seinfeld has done various things in the entertainment and comedy industry. Some of these things include; presenting at award shows, guest starring in television shows like 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm, touring, starring in advertisements, writing books, and starring in the Bee Movie. Today, Seinfeld frequently performs at comedy clubs around the world, so there’s a strong chance you could still see one of his performances today.