Writing Tips from Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful comedians of all time. Whether it be his television show Seinfeld or his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, everything he touches becomes a hit. 

A big part of his success can be traced back to writing. To say Seinfeld has a way with words is to say that this boxer was appropriately nicknamed Butterbean.

10.12.12ButterbeanByLuigiNovi1We would all be lucky to learn a thing or two about writing from Mr. Seinfeld. Thanks to The New York Times, we can get a glimpse into what the comic is thinking when he sits down to write a joke.

Check out the following video where, among many other things, we learn:

  • Why Seinfeld is willing to spend two years writing a joke “on something that means absolutely nothing”
  • What he uses to write on
  • Why he wrote every episode of Seinfeld with one type of pen
  • How to get a laugh from talking about pop tarts
  • The importance of timing
  • And, which part of a joke is the hardest

 

Photo credit: Wikipedia

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