Jerry Seinfeld recently took a drive with none other than President Obama. Rolling Stone reports that Seinfeld drove up to the White House, entered through a side door, and sat on the sofa in the Oval Office while Obama worked at his desk. Then, the two guys went for a car ride in Seinfeld’s Corvette.
The White House posted a video on Twitter of Jerry Seinfeld knocking on Obama’s window outside and then coming in.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 31, 2015
President Obama asked Seinfeld during their drive if he was nervous.
“You seem a little nervous. Are you always this nervous, when you’re doing it with [Jimmy] Fallon and [David] Letterman? It’s not as stressful.”
Apparently, President Obama also candidly admitted that he misses the days when he was anonymous and could walk through the park without the Secret Service following him.
“Anonymity is not something you think about as being valuable.”
Of course, Jerry Seinfeld had a great comeback.
“With all due respect, I remember very well not being famous. It wasn’t that great.”
They even talked about President Obama’s routine, which is pretty standard.
“I believe in shaving before the workout. That’s how I do it. I don’t really need a reason.”
It’s true, Jerry Seinfeld is famous and has been for a long time. But, USA Today reports that, like everyone else, he has his pet peeves and apparently grievances with regard to the holidays. Well, just one grievance, which his wife recorded and posted on Instagram. What is his grievance? “Everything.”
Seriously, Jerry Seinfeld can’t have that many grievances. He is a talented comedian and has had an illustrious career that isn’t yet over. The New York Times reports that Seinfeld will be performing once a month at the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The new show will be called “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestead” and Seinfeld commented on how a person’s childhood culture is important in shaping a person’s career.
“A career comes out of the culture that you grew up in. And I feel like New York and Long Island is what gave me the perspective to do what I do.”
— 102.3 WBAB (@1023WBAB) December 28, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld’s deal is very similar to the one Madison Square Garden gave to Billy Joel in 2013. Joel also has a regular monthly show at the famous arena. In fact, it was this “residency” of Joel’s that inspired Seinfeld to seek out his own.
“When Billy Joel does ‘New York State of Mind’ at the Garden, it’s different. It sounds different. It feels different than when he does it in Charlotte. So, I thought this is a really unique moment to see a guy who’d come from this area and built his career.”
While the Beacon has been the venue of many performers, such as Mariah Carey, Adele, and Steely Dan, Jerry Seinfeld says it is the perfect venue for stand-up comedy.
“It was made for comedy. When you come see somebody here that you like, it hits you in a different way.”
Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t just do the big shows that are scheduled to draw in huge crowds. He is part of New York, and New York is a part of him. Seinfeld often tours the comedy clubs of his hometown and, sometimes, he will even give an impromptu performance to try out new material or sharpen his skills.
— Josh Fialkoff (@JoshFialkoff) December 23, 2015
Clearly, Jerry Seinfeld has his pick of venues and he can create his own schedule. That’s what a lifetime of success in the field brings a comedian. Good luck with your shows at the Beacon this year, Mr. Seinfeld.
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