Netflix has slowly assembled an all-star list of comedians for their stand-up section. Now, their biggest get yet is giving a peek behind the comedy curtain.
Tuesday, the streaming service released its first look at “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” a stand-up special/documentary hybrid that looks at the legendary comedian’s rise through the New York comedy scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Most of the special centers around Seinfeld returning for a set at The Comic Strip, a club where Seinfeld’s career took off.
Seinfeld is no stranger to shining some light on what goes into making good stand-up comedy work: This latest special comes a decade and a half after “Comedian,” the 2002 documentary that went into the day-to-day life and preparation for a high-profile touring comic. Aside from the Comic Strip pilgrimage, “Jerry Before Seinfeld” will also delve into Seinfeld’s younger days as a kid growing up on Long Island with some home videos and childhood anecdotes.
“Jerry Before Seinfeld” is the first in Seinfeld’s two-special deal with Netflix that will also see all of his “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series transfer over to the streaming service.
Watch the trailer (including a very Seinfeldian delivery of the phrase “wild dogs”) below:
“Jerry Before Seinfeld” debuts September 19 on Netflix