Jerry Seinfeld launched his new website today, jerryseinfeld.com, which curates his old routines and talk-show appearances and posts a few short bits every day. He says he’ll also be adding clips from new routines, but so far it’s like some parallel-world episode of Seinfeld, a little bit bizarro.
Seinfeld is still doing stand-up tours, but he is also an eminence gris in the comedy world, staid next to boundary-pushing guys like Louis C.K., and some of these clips go way back.
The best of today’s is the first, a routine called “The Fattest Man in the World” from a 1981 appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show (it probably didn’t even seem politically incorrect then). “These are the amazing things, that’s part of my job, to tell you these amazing things,” Young Jerry begins. Historians of comedy will see that his approach – gently pointing out life’s little absurdities, a style parodied as “What’s the deal with …?” – is already there. Plus, his wide ties can be hilarious.