‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’ is a special that will be airing on Netflix.
Jerry Seinfeld is bringing it back to where it all began.
In his new Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld (streaming Tuesday), the TV icon returns to New York comedy club Comic Strip Live, where he got his start as a twentysomething stand-up comedian in the mid-1970s.
The hour-long set is interwoven with childhood home videos and interviews with Seinfeld, 63, whose long-running talk show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee moves to Netflix later this year.
Although the special itself is new, Seinfeld opts to tell old jokes, all of which he crafted as an up-and-comer at Comic Strip Live. Here are some of the better punchlines:
1. “I go through customs and the guy asks me, ‘Do you have any alcohol? Any drugs?’ Is this an effective interrogation? Is anyone going, ‘Bingo, you got me, I didn’t see that question coming. 20 kilos right there.'”
2. “When you’re five and you get bored, you cannot support your body weight. I remember going to the bank with my parents … and I would lie down flat, like, ‘Sorry, Mom, there’s nothing I can do. This place is so dull, I cannot get up.’ This is what I think adulthood is: Adulthood is the ability to be totally bored and remain standing.”
3. “Eventually I brought (my parents to a show) and I was so nervous that night because I was showing them this whole side of myself. It was like my little gay closet moment. I had to say, ‘Hey, Mom, Dad, I don’t know how to tell you this — I’m a funny person and I don’t want to be ashamed of it anymore. I want to lead a funny lifestyle now.'”
4. “I had glasses at 10, braces at 12. I said to my parents, ‘Let’s not stop now. How about a hearing aid? Orthopedic shoes? I’m thinking about talking to a girl for the very first time in my life. I want as much corrective apparatus on my head as I can possibly get. I think that’s what women like.’ “
5. “Anything ’20 minutes’ is a lie. Anytime someone says, ‘I’ll be there in 20 minutes,’ ‘takes 20 minutes,’ ‘I thought you said you’d be there in 20 minutes?’ No one knows what 20 minutes is.”