Stern opened the subject by comparing the comedian to Groucho Marx who continued to perform until he appeared frail and feeble. Stern asked Seinfeld if his desire to not come off as sub-par is the reason the comedian won’t do television after his current special.
“I don’t like seeing old people on TV. I don’t want to inflict myself on people in a deteriorated state,” Seinfeld said.
The comedian has had an illustrious career as a stand-up and the creator of television series, Seinfeld where he worked as an actor, writer, producer, and director. The comedian currently has a special on Netflix called 23 Hours to Kill, which features the comedian doing his standup routine.
There has never been a challenging time in human history where an occasional laugh didn’t help us get through.
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— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) April 30, 2020
During the interview, Stern lamented Seinfeld’s decision, asking if the comedian wished he could do at least one more special or a few more seasons of television.
The 66-year-old comedian summed up his philosophy on entertainment saying that “nothing could beat” the show he did and that he always wants to leave his audience wanting a little more.
“I’m not going to try and beat that. I can’t beat that. I already have the material to do another special. But I always like to give a little less than you really want.”
In response, Stern said that he was absolutely sure the comedian had plenty of material to do a routine based on the worldwide coronavirus pandemic along with the quarantine and social distancing that came along with it. Seinfeld confirmed that he did have the material, but had no interest in making another show.
Deadline reported that the pair also talked about the late Andy Kaufman. Seinfeld told Stern that he “worshiped” Kaufman and he believed that the late comedian could have been part of the cast of Seinfeld.
“You know, it’s funny that you say that, because Michael Richards is one of those parts where you could never cast somebody else. But now that you mention it, Andy could have pulled off Kramer.”
The Inquisitr reported that Netflix has already bought the rights to Seinfeld’s namesake show and that it will be available to stream on its platform in 2021. The decision to pick up the iconic show appears to be an effort to compete with the Apple TV+ and HBOMax’s streaming services.