Jerry Seinfeld Dishes on Why Fans Still Love ‘Seinfeld’
To the delight of comedy fans everywhere, Jerry Seinfeld just dropped a new stand-up special on Netflix. On a promotional tour for the program, the funnyman stopped by The Howard Stern Show to dish a few details. During his interview, he told Stern why he believes fans still love his long-running sitcom, Seinfeld.
Seinfeld described himself as a perfectionist
During his interview with Howard Stern, Seinfeld called himself a perfectionist. That personality trait, he confessed, is why he opted not to do another television show after Seinfeld ended. The comic declared, “I’m not gonna try and beat that. I can’t beat that.”
With that in mind, Stern predicted that Seinfeld’s latest project, 23 Hours to Kill, would be his final stand-up comedy special. “He got it right,” Stern said of Seinfeld, “He’s not going to want to f*ck up. He’s not going to want to do one more, and then, you know, stay too long to the party.” Seinfeld hinted that Stern was correct in his assumption that he was hanging up the comedy mic.
Stern would still like to see a COVID-19 Seinfeld special
Stern admitted that he would like to hear Seinfeld’s thoughts about the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of one more stand-up comedy special from the funnyman. But based on Seinfeld’s current position on the matter, Stern probably should not hold his breath. Seinfeld responded saying this:
“I already have the material to do another special, but I always like to give a little less than you really want.” His stance on the issue provides a bit of insight into why the comedian decided to end Seinfeld while the sitcom was still at the height of popularity.
Seinfeld revealed why he thinks fans still dig ‘Seinfeld’
Seinfeld ran for nine seasons before ending on a high note as one of the most-watched shows on television. At the time, many fans wondered why the series would end during such a phenomenal time of ratings and critical success. For decades, Seinfeld has practiced his philosophy of leaving audiences wanting more. He divulged this to Stern about why Seinfeld is still beloved by the masses:
“If you look back at all the stuff I’ve done, like this TV series, we could have done one, two, three more years. The reason people still love that show is we didn’t wear it out.” He continued, saying, “I like minimalizing things.”
The comedian dropped knowledge about real art
Even after Seinfeld’s in-depth explanation of why he is choosing to walk away for now, Stern admitted he still wanted to hear his comic observations about COVID-19. The radio jockey mused, “Don’t you wish the world was a little less judgmental, and you weren’t so hard on yourself?”
Keeping it real, Seinfeld declared, “I don’t care about the world. It’s just about; it’s what I like. I’m doing what I like. You do what you like, Howard. That is the genius of Howard Stern. I’m going to do it the way I want to do it. And that’s what people respond to. That’s what they like. They don’t want you catering to them. They want you catering to yourself. That’s your art.”