Seinlanguagecould easily be subtitledThe World According to Jerry. First published in 1993, whenSeinfeldthe sitcom was establishing itself as the funniest half-hour on television, this is a collection of Jerry's musings on everything from relationships to shushing in movie theatres. Observational comedy may have reached epidemic proportions recently, but Jerry Seinfeld was, and is, the master of his domain.
"I will never understand why they cook on TV. I can't smell it. Can't eat it. Can't taste it. The end of the show they hold it up to the camera, 'Well, here it is. You can't have any. Thanks for watching. Goodbye.'"
Eons hence, scholars may ponder the mysteries of this book in the same way that they now ponder the fragments of Heraclitus. Until then,Seinlanguagewill continue to provide guaranteed chuckles in a neat and tidy package. Kind of like Jerry himself.--Simon Leake
The magic of Jerry Seinfeld... The great thing about Jerry Seinfeld's sense of humour is that he makes you see completely ordinary everyday circumstances as hilarious events. His jokes are familiar to you in a way because you make the same observations that he does but there is one very important difference between Jerry Seinfeld and the rest of us simple-minded peasants. Yeah, that's right, Jerry Seinfeld is actually funny. We can pretend all we want that we're positively one of the greatest undiscovered comedic geniuses whose talent for witticisms will have people laughing so hard that they pass out from oxygen deprivation but we're wrong. Jerry Seinfeld is one of those rare, mysterious people that can make you laugh without really even making an attempt at doing so. He's just funny. Period. He can't help it so even if he didn't want to be funny that would just be too bad. It's his fate, the poor man. He never had a chance. I mean choice! He never had a choice...
`SeinLanguage' by Jerry Seinfeld contains at least over a hundred and sixty of his well-known jokes on dating, clothing, travelling, food, and aging. I have heard quite a few of these jokes on the TV show Seinfeld enough times to memorise them but somehow they're still as funny as the first time I heard them. I really don't believe that it would be possible to grow tired of reading his jokes whilst picturing Jerry Seinfeld in my head acting them out and telling them in his familiar, distinctive voice. Not only do these jokes remind you of people you have known and therefore allow you to have a few laughs at their expense but they remind you of yourself as well, making you laugh at yourself and somehow not feel bad about doing so. Thus is the magic of Jerry Seinfeld.
GREAT! I just recently purchased this book and it was one that was difficult to put down. While there were a few bits that I didn't find too terribly funny, the vast majority of them were very funny. Some of his bits were even laugh out loud hysterical. This book is grouped up into what the different stand-up routines are about, which I liked because it was well organized and jokes weren't just thrown around randomly. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who's a fan of the comedian and the character Jerry Seinfeld.Occasionally funny but fairly thin This book is a collection of Seinfeld's brand of humour, arranged in paragraphs and, to an extent, topics. There is a problem with such a format. If you're a great fan of Seinfeld, chances are, you'll know most of the material in the book (a big part of it is the same as some of Seinfeld's comedy bits in the TV show). If you're not a fan, then I think that it's best to see most comedians live, and if a book is some attempt at a reproduction of their act, it's not nearly as funny.
From my experience, the best comedy books take advantage of the book form to provide lots of content that's different to a live act (for instance humour involving/incorporating images). For a purely verbal, observational style, nothing beats personal presence.
For maximum hilarity, watch Seinfeld in his show or in his act, or read a more involved comedy book. This one, while it has its moments, has neither aspects of the two.