Asked if there is any comedian he admires above all others, Seinfeld unhesitatingly replies: “Oh, Bill Cosby. By far. He is a master beyond anyone I’ve ever seen. As a monologist in front of an audience, there is no one who has reached his level. No one. He has such complete control over everything he’s doing on stage, and what he does is so detailed and funny, just purely funny. Even Richard Pryor at his best was not as good.
“I’ve seen just about everyone. It’s my first love. I love the atmosphere in a room when a comedian is on stage and he’s doing his thing and the audience is laughing. There is an energy in that room that is unique.
“I also admire George Carlin, Robert Klein, and a lot of young guys such as Chris Rock, who may be the smartest of all comedians in his ability to penetrate a subject. I saw him in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and I was just amazed by his acuity.”
Among the many films referenced in Bee Movie is Seinfeld’s all-time favourite picture, The Graduate. “Every frame of that movie is just perfection. I think it’s a little miracle. I was 13 when it came out in 1967 and I’ve seen it countless times. Everything works in it, every performance is absolutely right, and the music fits it so perfectly.”
As for more recent movies, he cites Knocked Up. “It was fantastic, the best new comedy I’ve seen in a long time.”
‘He is a master beyond anyone I’ve ever seen’ – Seinfeld on Bill Cosby
Perfect: The Graduate
(above). Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock