Se­in­feld’s favourites

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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

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