Jerry Seinfeld is known for his standup comedy, and for his long-running “show about nothing,” and now he’s back to making jokes. Ironically, he accepted his CLIO award from the advertising industry by slamming it.
Thankfully, the audience had a good sense of humor and was able to laugh at themselves, as Seinfeld turned his speech into a roast on the industry.
“I love advertising because I love lying.
“In advertising, everything is the way you wish it was. I don’t care that it won’t actually be like when I actually get the product being advertised because, in between seeing the commercial and owning the thing, I’m happy, and that’s all I want. Tell me how great the thing is going to be. I love it. I don’t need to be happy all the time. I just want to enjoy the commercial. I want to get the thing. We know the product is going to stink. We know that. Because we live in the world, and we know that everything stinks. We all believe, hey, maybe this one won’t stink. We are a hopeful species. Stupid but hopeful.”
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Jerry Seinfeld continued to slam the very people awarding him, using a deadpan style which made it funnier.
“But we’re happy in that moment between the commercial and the purchase, and I think spending your life trying to dupe innocent people out of hard-won earnings to buy useless, low-quality, misrepresented items and services is an excellent use of your energy.
“So thank you all for this great honor and all your great work. I hope it makes you happy as you have made me happy for this five minutes of my life, which will last until I get to the edge of this stage, and it hits me that this was all a bunch of nonsense. Thank you, and have a great evening.”
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