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PostPosted: June 3, 2004 10:42 PM 

now, seinfeld is great. agreed?

the sad thing though is that ever since jerry first came up with this observational humour thing - everyone seems to think that ANYTHING is comedy if the words "have u ever noticed..." or "whats the deal with..." are put before it.

well, I got news for ya... that AINT comedy.

Prattling on endlessley about pretty much ANYTHING is NOT funny.

"jeeze, the sky is BLUE - now whats the deal with THAT?? huh? huh? you hearin' me?"

No. we aren't.

The Simpsons best explained that with Krusty's reinvention into a modern comic when he says "i'm quittin' coz comedy aint funny anymore, 'oh, look at me, I cand program a VCR, I cant open a bag o' peanuts - I'm a freakin' MORON' "

Seinfeld IS FUNNY becuase there is actually a JOKE behind it, it isnt mindless winging.

For example, I LOVE the "baby" routine he did on Letterman a while back, it went something like:

"I have a little baby. and I love the baby, I cant get enough of the baby, I wanna kiss the baby and hug the baby and smell the baby, BUT... let us make no mistake about why these babies are here...they're here to replace us.

next time you look into those cute little baby eyes, you'll only see one thing...'only a matter of time grampa. You're tired old ass cant hold on for ever. Yeah, have another piece of cake, thats a GOOD idea. yeah, I'm drooling, I'm drooling over all o'your stuff.' "

Man, that was gold, the way he played it was excellent.

you can d/l the full routine at lettermans site at CBS.com


andy
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 3:30 AM 

cant find the link of the routine you mentionned

thebubbleboy
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 12:49 PM 

I think what's really funny is that you actually have time to rant on and on about what ever it is your trying to prove.

Anonymous
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 12:53 PM 

its in Real format at the following link:

http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/dave_tv/ls_dtv_comedy_clips.shtml

scroll down to 03/21/01 "Jerry Seinfeld performs standup"

andy
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 3:25 PM 

cheers.

agree about your comment by the way.

Anonymous
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PostPosted: June 4, 2004 4:22 PM 

thanks, I'm glad SOMEONE did Smile

Jimmy


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PostPosted: June 5, 2004 6:47 PM 

Jerry Seinfeld wasn’t the one who “first came up with” observational humor. He wasn’t even the one who popularized it. George Carlin, Bill Cosby, David Brenner and many others (who didn’t invent it either) were doing it when Jerry was still a toddler. Although Jerry Seinfeld is NOW, the most successful and well-known for his style of it, that is true. Jimmy does agree with the thread starter’s complaints about other’s hopeless attempts. Couldn't there be a separate forum for people who want to post their own "have you ever noticed" routines? maybe call it “Little Jerrys.” That would make it easier for us disinterested folks to avoid them.

Anonymous
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PostPosted: June 5, 2004 9:55 PM 

agreed!

Moops
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PostPosted: June 7, 2004 11:54 AM 

Everyone should know Andy Rooney started all that "did ya ever notice" stuff!! He's at least 500 years old!!! What's the deal with those pyramids?...blah, blah, blah.

Jimmy


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PostPosted: June 8, 2004 2:45 PM 

yeah, but even Andy Rooney's only been doing it since the late 70's... It would be interesting to know who actually DID start it... probably some old Vaudeville act..."Have you seen this new indoor plumbing thing they've come up with? What's the deal with THAT? Like we want that stench in our homes!"

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PostPosted: June 8, 2004 3:44 PM 

I thought Plato was the originator of "Have you ever noticed...", but then I learned he ripped it off from someone who was otherwise unrecorded. Rolling Eyes

Jimmy


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PostPosted: June 8, 2004 4:42 PM 

LOL!!!

PLATO: "Men and women are different... Guys, you know what I'm talking about, right? Ladies like to talk and cuddle, and we men like to go around killing everybody with swords. It's true! Isn't it guys?

"Do we have any Turks here tonight? ... I'll talk slower!"

"Is this thing working?" (taps on megaphone)

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: June 8, 2004 6:39 PM 

Plato: Wives are something aren't they. Take my wife. Please.

Seriously, even when considering only American observational humorists, we can go back even further that Jimmy suggests to Lenny Bruce, and before that to Will Rogers, and before that to Mark Twain, and before that..., well, you get the idea. I'd argue that it goes back all the way to Ben Franklin. Read some of his schtick. Funny, whacky, wild stuff regarding ole King Geo.

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PostPosted: June 9, 2004 8:40 AM 

Jimmy's hot! Jimmy is really funny! I like Jimmys humor!

The megaphone thing was great.

I think Jimmy missed his calling.



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