Jerry Before Seinfeld

Synopsis: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the comedy club where he began his career to recount his early life.
Director(s): Michael Bonfiglio
Production: Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes:
62 min



[Johnny Carson] My uh...

next guest is a young comedian

making his debut on The Tonight Show.

He is from New York City.

He's worked a lot of small clubs,

both in New York and Los Angeles.

Welcome him, please; Jerry Seinfeld.

[Jerry Seinfeld] In mid-70s New York,

there were only two places

you could even see new comedians.

A stand-up comedian

was just a novelty act.

They would have one

in front of a singer or a rock band,

and just to be that

was the most glorious dream of my life.

That's all I wanted.

And it's funny,

but I was actually sitting on a ledge

when I decided to make that leap,

right here.

And this is the exact spot.

["Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo" playing]

Inky dinky wang dang doo


Baby, baby I love you

Inky dinky zigzag zoo

Oh, girl, I got my eyes on you

Inky dinky zing zang zoo

I want a kiss from your lips

Inky dinky ding dang doo...

You guys are a good group.

Are you ready for the show?

Yes? OK, good for you guys. Great.

He started here uh... as one of

the regulars here at The Comic Strip

back in the summer of 1976.

Let's welcome him back home.

Jerry Seinfeld!

[cheering and applause]

Zingy zangy zing zang zow

Sweet darling, and I've got to have

Your loving right now...


Are you kidding me?

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Thank you. Nice to be here.

I can't believe I'm back here.

This is really great. Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

How do you like the jacket?


Yeah, this is my favorite jacket.

It's a special night

and I want to wear my special jacket,

because I'm back at the Comic Strip,

which is where I started

my entire career -

right here, on this stage.


And uh I'll tell you the whole story.

I'll tell you how it all happened.

I was living in Massapequa.

I'm born in Brooklyn.

That's my home borough.

And then my parents moved out

to Massapequa, which is an Indian name.

It means "by the mall."


Even the Native Americans could sense,

once the Jews

and the Italians get out here...

brick-and-mortar retail's going to crush.

Let's lose the teepees.

These people need parking.

[laughter and applause]

So we moved out from the city

to on Long Island.

You don't live in Long Island,

you live on Long Island.

When you live in the city,

people ask you, "Where do you live?"

you go, "We live in the city."

You don't live on the city.


But if you move out of the city...

You're in it now. Now if you go out,

you're going to be on the island.


Long Island's

not one of those places you...

You can't get in it. There's nothing...

There's nothing to get in.

You just stay on it.


My parents would say, "Jerry, we're going

to the city today, so get ready.

We're going in."

"We're going to get on the train."

We don't get in the train.

You get on the train,

even though you see trains,

there's nobody on it.

You never see anybody on top of a train.

But that's how you talk. If you want

to live here, this is how you talk.

"We're going to get on the train."

Why do you get on the train?


So you can get off it!

"Get off the train!

This is our stop!"


"We've got to get in the cab."

You don't get on the cab.

You were on the train,

but you don't get on the cab.

You get in the cab.

Why do you get in the cab?

So you can get out!

"You've got to get out of the...

We're here.

Get out of the cab. We're here."

"Why are you still in the cab?

Get out of the cab."


"OK, Jerry, what about Uber?

What do you do with Uber?"

That's the new thing.

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Jerry Seinfeld

Jerome Allen Seinfeld is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He is known for playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David. more…

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