In the late 1990s whenever I used to visit the USA, I looked forward to catching up on local TV channels the episodes of Seinfeld (1989-1998), nowadays I enjoy watching the seasons in streaming services where they are available. Needless to say, I am a fan of the show. So when I noticed Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) available on Netflix I watched it. This is Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy on stage after many years and I liked it.
I loved the initial stunt where he jumps from a helicopter to a waterbody below to arrive wet to the theatre. The section where he talks about how we are moving from face to face meetings to asking people to text or email us, reminded me on what’s happening after the pandemic, where we are all mostly communicating over WhatsApp and video calls instead of in-person meetings.
I am amazed at the ability of great standup comedians including one of the masters, Seinfeld, to remember hundreds of topics, the explanation and the stories for them, the order to present, and to time the delivery perfectly so that the jokes will resonate with the audience. In this show too, Jerry covered several topics: why our friends are annoying; our addiction to cell-phones; the over-eating that happens in buffets; our craziness to live in congested cities; the advantage of being over 60 and 70; how the female of human species are the most capable and competent in the world that they have already thought and solved all the problems they move on to the hypothetical; and many other topics.
Enjoy this show over an evening with a fine drink of your choice on hand!