Review: ‘Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill’

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld releases his first original comedy special since 1998 on Netflix today, and it certainly lives up to the hype. One thing which stood out initially was how his comedy has morphed over the years. His delivery is the same as ever, but the subject matter has changed. Seinfeld’s comedy has seemingly become more reflective over the years. His musings are still observational but more family-centric. I imagine with age brings perspective. Quite frankly, the subject matter had little bearing on my enjoyment of this special. Seinfeld is a master technician on stage

One thing which stood out to me is how he addressed the need for him to do another special. I also noticed that Seinfeld was a bit more physical than he was during his 1st special in 1998. It didn’t seem forced or even out of place, every story or line flowed and hit every punch line.

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld Comedy Special 2019

The pacing of the special felt brisk, and at times, that was good. Seinfeld didn’t dwell on any portion of a joke which didn’t sit well with the crowd. What I did pick up on listening to Jerry was his attention to detail in everything he wrote for that set. Each word seemingly had it’s assigned purpose. I‘m not sure that can be said about many comedians. Bert Kreischer is hysterical, but I’m not sure his sets are the best-written ones, but his delivery is more everyman and draws an audience in. Seinfeld is a master storyteller.

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld Comedy Special 2019

Overall, while the special isn’t perfect, it’s certainly pretty damn good. For anyone looking for a laugh, look no further!

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld Comedy Special 2019
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill Review
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