I’m going to see Jerry Seinfeld perform live tonight.
I was a huge fan of Seinfeld when it was on and have always been really interested in comedy. (When I was a kid, I saw an interview in which a comedian said that really funny people don’t laugh at their own jokes so I taught myself to never crack a smile when I made a joke. Sadly, I learned that when sarcasm comes from a teenager whose face remains stoic, it’s not taken as a joke but rather as a shitty comment from a cocky dick.)
I began thinking about the comedians I have seen live. Unfortunately, I never saw Richard Pryor or George Carlin and both Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin retired from stand-up decades before I could go to their shows. Still, I’ve seen some wonderful comics, including Louis CK, Bill Burr [twice], Dave Attell, Lewis Black & Mitch Hedberg on the Insomniac tour, Greg Fitzsimmons [twice], Bill Maher, Rosie O’Donnell, and Dom Irrera & Dave Attell.
I realize that’s a pretty white list. I would love to see Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle, it just hasn’t happened. As far as Kevin Hart, I’ll pass. Back in 1999/2000, my girlfriend at the time and I would often go to the Laff House on South Street, which featured mostly black comedians. I have a horrendous memory, so it’s very possible I saw someone back then that became huge and simply forget it now.
Anyway, here’s what I published this week:
- Time Maximization: Pursuing One’s Passion with a Career and a Family [The Passion of Christopher Pierznik]
“Did you ever go to a big party, go into the bathroom,
flush the toilet, the water starts…coming up? This is the most frightening moment in the life of a human being.”
– Jerry Seinfeld
See ya on Monday!
Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.