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Publisher's Summary

The first book in 25 years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy.

Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub "Catch a Rising Star" as a 21-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. "Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders," Seinfeld writes. "So I have everything I thought was worth saving from 45 years of hacking away at this for all I was worth."

For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In minute after hilarious minute, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, listeners will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

©2020 Bic Yellow Legal, LLC. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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GENIUS...!!! TRUST ME...IT'S FOR YOU!!!!

I think people must have thought I was crazy...I go for outdoor walks as I listen to my books...I WAS LAUGHING majority of the time... ("majority" Seinfeld voice)

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Buy the audiobook

If you plan to buy the printed/Kindle book, forget about it. This book must be appreciated as an audiobook. Seinfeld telling the stories is way funnier.

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No, it isn't anything

This book reminds me of bands that dump out an album of crappy songs they had rejected so they can fulfill a recording contract. It also.makes me wonder if Larry David should get most of the credit for the success of the brilliant Seinfeld TV series. On the show, Uncle Leo dismisses Jerry's comedy style as "He does that observational comedy, you know, like 'have you ever noticed?'" I couldn't stop thinking of Uncle Leo's comment while listening to the audio book, which sounds like an unfiltered collection of everything that ever popped into Seinfeld's mind. Try it yourself (when Covid allows). Go anywhere -- a supermarket, tavern, restaurant, playground, airport. Observe people's actions and try hard to imagine them as funny, and write them down. Start each one with "Have you ever noticed that when...." Almost all of them will be sweeping generalizations that are boring, like this book. I watched every Seinfeld episode with a fixed grin and laughed out loud several times at most of the shows, but not with this audio book. I think I chuckled twice in five hours.

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Not what I thought it would be.

i went into this thinking it would be a look back at Seinfeld's career with anecdotes and such. Instead, it's more or less just his entire stand up routine broken up into 400+ clips with a British-sounding lady introducing each one. This probably would have been better as a podcast or at the very least it did not need all the title introductions coming before Jerry spoke.

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Jerry!!!

it was great hearing him read his stuff. a lot of it I've heard before but los of great new stuff. loved it

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Great material, not great presentation.

I would give this book 5 stars if it were not for the British woman introducing each joke. All this does is interrupt the flow of the comedy and the natural joke progression. PLEASE re-release this book without it and it will be AWESOME!!!

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Hilarious, just what the world needs right now

This book was fantastic, Jerry Seinfeld’s entire catalogue of jokes - many old favourites and many I’ve never heard before - delivered straight from the comedian himself. Brought a much needed smile and lightness to my world right now. Strongly recommend the audiobook - it’s so much better with Jerry reading the jokes himself! Good thing I didn’t go out much this Fall and instead listened to it while doing chores in my house, or people would have thought that I’m crazy laughing hysterically to myself in the street.

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Lacking flow

This audiobook lacked flow. There are 413 chapters, many of which consist of only one joke and run under a minute. Each new chapter is introduced by a British voice telling us what the joke would be about instead of just letting Jerry Seinfeld go into the material. I appreciate that the chapters are labelled so listeners can easily find a joke they might want to listen to, but I'm not sure why, for comedic purposes, it was necessary to include this in a recorded audio presentation.

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Loved it!

A chronological performance of all his jokes. Subjects introduced by a female actor with a British accent is the perfect contrast for Seinfeld's Brooklyn speak!

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  • Vatolicious
  • 2020-10-06

6 hours of badly read bits

I thought this would be Jerry talking about the writing of the bits. But its just him reading out the bits with bad delivery. At the start of each one a text to speech woman says the name of it. Sorry but this is a refund

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  • Travis
  • 2020-10-08

not a memoir...

So the book is hilarious! Jerry is great narrating his material but this is not a memoir at all. it's just bits from his stand up performances. they are short, sweet, and very funny! if you love Seinfeld's humor then this book is a must!

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  • George
  • 2020-10-06

Its not about Jerry, it is Jerry

It’s great! It’s Jerry reading his material. If you think you’ll like it, you will. His reading gets more like his standup voice as the book moves along. It’s especially good for people who write jokes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-08

Jerry Is One Of The Best

Even when you've heard the joke before, listening to Seinfeld's delivery makes me laugh again anyway.

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  • Ben Seago
  • 2020-10-06

This guy should write a show!

Really enjoyed Jerry’s thoughts on life, would love to see him write a tv show one day. He would have lots of bits to put in there.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-10-06

A collection of jokes, 40 yrs in the making.

Jerry Seinfelds collected works, as told by Jerry himself. A memoir of his life, in jokes, told chronologically. A great listen, many jokes you've probably heard, several of them you've probably never heard, but great to hear from Seinfeld himself.

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  • Paul H Lehmann
  • 2020-11-04

The Answer is No

No this isn't anything. Jerry Seinfeld says that this book is about how a comedian comes up with their material but it isn't. Instead it's a collection of material that didn't make it into his act, so no it isn't anything, if it was it would have made the cut. There are a few funny moments but most of it is mediocre. Also, all comedians will tell you how important timing is. But the author reads his book as if it is the first time he ever read it so the timing is dredful. Save your time and money and go watch a you tube clip of the material that actually makes it into his act.

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  • Gerardo D. Duran Jr.
  • 2020-10-06

I feel privileged!

I will never underestimate body language in delivering a joke. I don’t think the introductions to the jokes work. I've seen some film scrip’s, there never as good as the movie. With these things in mind, I feel privileged the Mr. Seinfeld let me into his thinking.

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  • M. W. MILLER
  • 2020-10-17

I wanted to love this but...meh...

Sorry to say that while I'm a huge Seinfeld fan, this collection is a disappointment. I can't imagine why he thought it would be a good idea to have a weird British woman's voice introduce each of his jokes with a brash announcement of the "topic"..."Breakfast cereals"..."Airport tuna sandwich"..."Cub Scouts." Annoying. Is this anything? Sort of. But...it disappoints.

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  • Clint M.
  • 2020-10-13

Seinfeld's Gray Matter

Always mind reflecting funny. I now feel that I've heard all of Jerry's material and I've only seen him 320 feet away at a Texas Rangers game.

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