Jerry Seinfeld does not seem to be a fan of today’s college students, at least when it comes to their comedic tastes.
In fact, the wealthiest comedian of all time, who got there through his snarky and brilliant 1990s sitcom, believes these are the people ruining his industry.
In a recent sit-down with Colin Cowherd, Jerry had this to say when Cowherd brought up the topic of political correctness and comedy on college campuses.
“I hear that all the time. A lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t play colleges, they’re so PC.’ I’ll give you an example. My daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well you know in the next couple of years I think maybe you’re gonna want to hang around the city more on the weekends, so you can see boys. And my daughter, she says, ‘That’s sexist.’ They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist, that’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
When Cowherd asked Jerry Seinfeld if it “hurt comedy,” there was no hesitation.
“Yes it does. Yes it does.”
Cowherd then shared tidbits from an Artie Lange interview on Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out, in which Lange bemoaned how, as a comedian, you have “no time to figure this out and contextualize.” You’re either on board or you’re a bigot, essentially. He then pointed to guys with more fearless routines like Louis C.K. “I wonder if it worries Louis,” Cowherd said.
“No,” Seinfeld responded. “Louis’ great gift is that he doesn’t worry. He just does his thing. If I wanted to say something, I would say it. Everybody has their hot zone. You’ve got your heat map and that’s the jokes you do. I talk about the subjects I talk about because, for some reason, I can make them funny. The ones I can’t make funny, you don’t hear.”
Like Jerry Seinfeld or not, he’s right about that. You don’t get to an $800 million net worth telling jokes if you’re unable to connect with the masses in some way.
To hear Seinfeld tee off on college students, it sort of brings to mind a recent Vox column in which a self-proclaimed “liberal professor” said that teaching nowadays had everything to do with not offending people — mainly his liberal students — than it did challenging them to think beyond their emotional boundaries.
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