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Jerry Seinfeld: Iconic Comedian Who Defined a Generation

As a long-time Jerry Seinfeld fan, I‘m excited to provide an in-depth profile of this comedy icon‘s life, career, and enduring cultural influence. Let‘s start with an overview of Jerry‘s background and achievements:

Full Name: Jerome Allen Seinfeld
Birthdate: April 29, 1954
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Age: 69
Height: 5‘ 11" (1.8 m)
Relationship Status: Married to Jessica Seinfeld (1999-present)
Net Worth: $950 million
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Jerome Allen Seinfeld is a legendary American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer best known for co-creating and starring in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld. His observational comedy style focusing on the trivial minutiae of everyday life has influenced generations of comedians.

The Early Days: Discovering Comedy

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Jerry Seinfeld grew up an only child with dreams of becoming a comedian. He idolized Johnny Carson and other comics, studying their routines religiously. After starting college, 19-year-old Jerry headed to New York City to pursue stand-up stardom. He diligently worked the club circuit each night while attending Queens College, honing his laidback observational style.

Early influences like George Carlin and Bill Cosby clearly shaped Seinfeld‘s emphasis on finding humor in the mundane. While his career grew steadily, it was an appearance on Carson‘s Tonight Show in 1981 that really put Seinfeld on the map. He soon became a regular guest, considered one of Carson‘s favorite up-and-coming comics.

The Show About Nothing

In 1988, NBC approached Jerry about creating a sitcom. He teamed up with fellow stand-up Larry David to develop The Seinfeld Chronicles, based on Jerry‘s life as a single, semi-fictionalized version of himself surrounded by quirky friends with their own eccentricities. NBC was initially hesitant, but test audiences responded so well that the network picked up the show, renaming it Seinfeld.

It started slowly, but by season four Seinfeld was the most popular show on air. It finished the final season ranked #1 with an average 30 million viewers per episode. Many debates still wage over which is the absolute best Seinfeld episode, but my personal favorites include "The Contest," "The Hamptons," "The Opposite," and of course the iconic "Soup Nazi."

The show‘s offbeat, no hugging, no learning format was truly unique. Its characters, storylines, and cultural references became engrained in the American lexicon. By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you Seinfeld fan and wife!

Jerry Seinfeld‘s Influences and Early Comedy Career

Before rising to fame, Jerry Seinfeld started honing his craft in New York City‘s thriving 1970s stand-up scene. He was especially inspired by comedians like Robert Klein, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor. Observing their commitment to the craft showed Seinfeld that comedy could be a serious profession, not just a hobby.

In his early routines, Jerry adopted a conversational tone and focused on relatable everyday observations, a style strongly influenced by Cosby. Discussing mundane topics in a humorous way became Seinfeld‘s signature. His breakout 1979 routine "The Laundry" epitomized this approach, musing on things like detergent marketing and ineffective clothing stain removal techniques.

Even after hitting it big, Jerry Seinfeld never lost his passion for stand-up. He continues touring worldwide and remains dedicated to perfecting the craft, still emulating those early role models.

Post-Seinfeld and Continued Impact

While nothing could surpass the popularity of his namesake sitcom, Jerry stayed busy in the years after Seinfeld ended. He went back to his first love – stand-up – touring with fresh material on married life and parenting. I was lucky enough to catch one of these shows in person and it did not disappoint!

In 2012, Seinfeld launched the highly successful web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Each episode features Jerry picking up a guest comedian in a unique vintage car, chatting and grabbing coffee. He published multiple bestselling books and even voiced Barry B. Benson in the animated film Bee Movie.

While Jerry Seinfeld‘s hairline may have receded, his cultural relevancy has not. Seinfeld references and quotes still pervade pop culture today. "Yada yada yada," "Not that there‘s anything wrong with that," and other catchphrases remain common vernacular. Though off the air for over 20 years now, the show still draws new generations of fans. Its impact on the sitcom genre remains unparalleled.

Best Jerry Seinfeld Jokes and Quotes

Let‘s take a look at some of my favorite Seinfeld jokes that capture his trademark wry observational style:

"My favorite thing about Manhattan is that you can always get a taxi. The hard part is finding a taxi that will take you where you want to go."

"Dogs have owners, cats have staff."

"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans."

"Marriage is like a seven percent less feeling of freedom."

Some classic Seinfeld quotes I still reference regularly include:

  • "I don‘t want to be alone, I want to be left alone."
  • "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."
  • "I think I‘m an average guy…except three hours a day when I think I‘m god."

Jerry Seinfeld‘s brilliant comedic voice rings clear through decades of stellar material. For any aspiring comic or Seinfeld devotee, his jokes and quotes will remain timeless.

Seinfeld‘s Lasting Cultural Impact

It‘s no hyperbole to say Seinfeld revolutionized the sitcom genre. Before, sitcoms followed nuclear families interacting with friendly neighbors. Seinfeld broke the mold, instead following four selfish single friends. Unlike the wholesome humor of shows like Full House, Seinfeld brought a cynical, biting tone commenting on life‘s petty annoyances.

By season four, over 40 million Americans per episode tuned in to watch Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer‘s misadventures. The show didn‘t revolve around major events, instead focusing on minutiae like waiting in line at the movies or getting a rental car. This absurdist tone was groundbreaking.

The show coined terms like "close talker," "re-gifter," "double dipper," and "master of your domain." To this day, people quote classic Seinfeld scenes like the The Contest or reference characters like the Soup Nazi. Its impact resonates across modern sitcoms like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and even reality TV. Thanks to Jerry Seinfeld‘s vision, humor would never be the same.

The Legend Continues

Even in his late 60s, Jerry Seinfeld remains one of comedy‘s hardest working stars, always honing his stand-up act and taking on new creative projects. His contributions to television and culture absolutely cemented his place amongst the greats of comedy. For Seinfeld fans worldwide, the laughs Jerry brought us over the decades will always remain timeless treasures.