Seinfeld was inspired to become a comedian in Israel
By Raphael Poch
In a country that is good at finding laughter in tough situations, sometimes finding laughter about nothing can be equally as rewarding.
Jerry Seinfeld, whose signature comedy may be best described by character George Costanza from the hit 90’s TV show, when he said it is “about absolutely nothing”, performed in front of 11,000 adoring fans in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.
Seinfeld gave the audience exactly what they were looking for, but during the encore, threw in a bit of a twist that no one expected.
In relating his earlier experiences in Israel to the crowd, Mr. Seinfeld said it was at the age of 15, in 1970, during a program that took him to work a kibbutz, that he first thought, “that if I could be a comedian, that that would be the greatest thing that I could do with my life.”
“It was classic Seinfeld,” said Miri Gantshar, a resident of Beit Shemesh, who made the trek to see Seinfeld perform in the Menora Mivtachim Arena. “He doesn’t reach out to the audience the way some other comedians do, but that is because he doesn’t have to. His jokes are about the human condition and they apply to everybody,” she said.
While he didn’t reach out to the Israeli crowd so much, he did field questions from the audience which included him responding to whether he would retire in Israel. “Why would I retire, I just go around making people happy,” said the millionaire comedian.
Mark Schiff opened the evening for Mr. Seinfeld, and the audience had a good response for him as well.
“We love Seinfeld from the old country and we have all of the seasons, and watched them every Saturday night,” said Gantshar. “One of the things we loved about him is that he is very similar to the way he was 20 years ago,” she added.
“Many comedians get dirty over time, but Seinfeld didn’t do that. He makes implications but he keeps it very clean, and that has not changed in the 25 years since he has come out, and that
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