Jerry Seinfeld

"Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash." Jerry Seinfeld

Usually you can guess you are successful when people do not even attempt to mimic you. Jerry Seinfeld was so successful at mastering the sitcom that TV networks gave up on the sitcom and relied instead on reality TV and re-runs of his show. His show had a real simple plot. It was about nothing without a story arch yet it was one of the most brilliant shows on TV. The TV show Seinfeld was television's best and brightest TV show. Now usually people watch TV because they got nothing to do but nobody took it so literally. Jerry Seinfeld is the only comedian who can make waiting hilarious.

Jerry Seinfeld started out his career with a degree in theater and communications and soon after went on the road as a stand up comic. His big breaks before the TV show Seinfeld were an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981, and his 1986 appearance at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival. His act at Just for Laughs established the Just for Laughs festival as one of the greatest comedic festivals in the world. Since then young comedians have flocked there to be scouted as the next Jerry Seinfeld, and established comedians relished this environment.

"The key to eating a black and white cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate. And yet, still, somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie all our problems would be solved."

From waiting in line for soup, at a Chinese restaurant, or in line for a movie he made life's simple anxieties watchable. Seinfeld proved that TV shows do not need sensational plot twists but can have a degree of normalcy that depicts the funnies of everyday life. Some of its episodes have made a profound effect on pop culture. Seinfeld was the show the best showed the life of the 1990's and as added several phrases to our lingo. "Not that there's anything wrong with it," is a phrase used after talking about gays. "Yada Yada Yada" is a phrase used to omit boring parts from a story. "Friends-in-law" refers to someone your friends with just because your friends with mutual friends. "Sponge-worthy" is another phrase used to describe if a chick is willing to waste a contraceptive on a guy.

Since the end of his show, he went back on the road with his comedic material and made a documentary Comedian on his comedic escapades. He has written a best-selling book Seinlanguage and has been rumoured of wanting a talk show. Presently he is working with Chris Rock to make a mini-series documentary on the history of stand-up comedy.

"There's too much urinary freedom in this society. I'm proud to hold it in. It builds character."

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