Se­in­feld’s comic de­fense

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Jerry Se­in­feld lives for the mis­eries of stand-up, said Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times. He earned hun­dreds of mil­lions play­ing a ver­sion of him­self on Se­in­feld, and at 64 he still per­forms of­ten in the­aters and small clubs to try out ma­te­rial, though he hardly needs the money. “Real co­me­di­ans want to go on ev­ery sin­gle night,” he says. He missed the “rodeo as­pect” of that life af­ter be­ing “cod­dled” on TV. “Stand-up is the op­po­site of be­ing cod­dled. ‘We hate you, get off the stage’ is what we’re used to.” He has seen many tal­ented comics’ ca­reers end, and he won­ders whether black­balled comics—Roseanne Barr for racist tweets, Louis C.K. for sex­ual mis­con­duct—got a fair shake. “We know the rou­tine: The per­son does some­thing wrong. We love the crash and bang of the fall. And then we love the crawl-back. How long are you go­ing to grovel? Are you go­ing to cry?” He par­tic­u­larly has mis­giv­ings about Barr’s fate. “I never saw any­thing that bad hap­pen from a fin­ger-tap on a screen. A whole ca­reer: gone.” It’s like wak­ing up and hear­ing, “‘Oh, by the way, the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial’s gone.’ ‘What?’ ‘Yeah, they found out Lin­coln was fool­ing around and they took it down.’ ‘Oh, my God. I re­ally liked the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial.’”

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