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Jerry Seinfeld Launches JerrySeinfeld.com
May 6, 2011 10:50 AM   Subscribe


 
Whats the website about? Nothing?
posted by ReWayne at 10:52 AM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Somewhere out there are ten year olds
just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit.

This is for them.


Yes! Someone gets it!
posted by DU at 10:54 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


What is this? Jerry's a little late to the whole personal website thing, jeeze.

Oh and it needs javascript! Super!

Oh wait…

Oh shit!

This is fucking great. Thanks Avenger!
posted by paisley henosis at 10:54 AM on May 6, 2011 [5 favorites]


I wouldn't have pegged Jerry as a pink highlight kind of guy. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
posted by Houyhnhnm at 10:54 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


It would be easy to slag on this, but I'm having a blast looking through his archives. Just when I was beginning to wonder what I ever thought was funny about him.,
posted by docpops at 10:58 AM on May 6, 2011


This is an interesting idea for a website. Most personal websites are pretty useless.
posted by delmoi at 10:59 AM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


docpops: It would be easy to slag on this, but I'm having a blast looking through his archives. Just when I was beginning to wonder what I ever thought was funny about him.

How do you get there? I only have the three of the day.
posted by paisley henosis at 10:59 AM on May 6, 2011


And it works beautifully on the iPad. Fantastic. This will be a nightly ritual with the kids.
posted by docpops at 11:00 AM on May 6, 2011


Sorry - you are right. I only watched the first three, misspoke. But it was more the coolness of seeing him from his early years on through.
posted by docpops at 11:01 AM on May 6, 2011


Wow, this is a really nice site. All HTML 5, too, no Flash. Very slick. Whoever Seinfeld hired to do this, they did a bang-up job. Good on them. And him.
posted by pts at 11:02 AM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


What is this? Jerry's a little late to the whole personal website thing, jeeze.

Well, he did just figure out what the hell e-mail is too.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 11:03 AM on May 6, 2011


It became kind of cool to slag Jerry off for a while, and I'm not really going to get into all of that, though I don't buy it myself. I just want to point this out:

This man had one of the most successful TV shows in American history, has more money than he could possibly spend, and this:
6/3/11London, UK
6/4/11Oslo, NO
6/5/11Stockholm, SE
6/6/11Copenhagen, DE
6/9/11Grand Rapids, MI

is some killer touring.
posted by paisley henosis at 11:04 AM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


docpops: Sorry - you are right. I only watched the first three, misspoke. But it was more the coolness of seeing him from his early years on through

Yeah, of those three the two that are longer than 30seconds made me laugh out loud. Which is lame, because I've seen them all before and there is no one in the room to laugh with me.
posted by paisley henosis at 11:05 AM on May 6, 2011


The second link is a great q and a.
posted by docpops at 11:06 AM on May 6, 2011


Somewhere out there are ten year olds
just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit.


Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
posted by ericbop at 11:08 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


3 bits per day is a good strategy. Just making the entire archive available in one shot would lessen the value of everything. He did a smart thing.
posted by davebush at 11:11 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


6/3/11London, UK
6/4/11Oslo, NO
6/5/11Stockholm, SE
6/6/11Copenhagen, DE
6/9/11Grand Rapids, MI


One of these things is not like the other.
posted by Jahaza at 11:13 AM on May 6, 2011 [6 favorites]


Yeah, the design is pretty great. Someone made an effort to make this html5 site iphone compatible. Check the source code. It even got its own CDN (although it's hosted at a sub domain).
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:16 AM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Jahaza: 6/3/11London, UK
6/4/11Oslo, NO
6/5/11Stockholm, SE
6/6/11Copenhagen, DE
6/9/11Grand Rapids, MI


One of these things is not like the other


Yeah, one of them has an intercontinental flight within 24 hours.
posted by paisley henosis at 11:18 AM on May 6, 2011


Which was, like, my entire point, by the way. 4 countries in 4 days then a trans-Atlantic flight and a few days off only two days total between shows.
posted by paisley henosis at 11:19 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's gold Jerry! Gold!
posted by Ad hominem at 11:20 AM on May 6, 2011 [6 favorites]


Someone made an effort to make this html5 site iphone compatible.

But can it find public toilets?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 11:26 AM on May 6, 2011


I read the NYT piece article last night, and I thought the premise of the site was interesting. I don't agree totally with his ideas about how being able to access metabytes* of information on youtube means finding good stuff is hard, but there's certainly plenty of space on the web for a curated collection.

*Metabytes defined as some insanely large amount of data
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 11:29 AM on May 6, 2011


Surprised it didn't include this, hisfirst television appearance from 1977, which has been all over the web this week.

His early stand up is full of funny, but Seinfeld has to be the most overrated show in history.
posted by puny human at 11:42 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


HOLY SHIT THAT IS ONE BEAUTIFULLY DONE WEBSITE

/webdev geek filter
posted by liza at 11:44 AM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


6/3/11London, UK
6/4/11Oslo, NO
6/5/11Stockholm, SE
6/6/11Copenhagen, DE
6/9/11Grand Rapids, MI


The mixing of state and country abbreviations is interesting. Is that Copenhagen, Delaware, or is there a Grand Rapids in Micronesia?
posted by rocket88 at 11:44 AM on May 6, 2011 [4 favorites]


Seinfeld has to be the most overrated show in history.

Oh yeah? Well the Jerk Store called and they're out of YOU.
posted by bondcliff at 11:45 AM on May 6, 2011 [43 favorites]


What, all these comments and nothing about him being the master of his domain (name)? MeFi I am disapppoint.
posted by tommasz at 11:45 AM on May 6, 2011 [12 favorites]


One of these things is not like the other.

Looks like Mr. Big-Time Hollywood is giving himself a few days to loaf around doin' nothin'. Lazy rich guys.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:45 AM on May 6, 2011


will Seinfield have a superman on stage at all his shows?
posted by taxpayer at 11:45 AM on May 6, 2011


How about, "Your cranium called, it's got space to rent"?
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:46 AM on May 6, 2011


Yeah, this is great. Just straightforward Jerry saying "I thought this was funny. You might too." That's what comedy is all about.

As for the Seinfeld haters... that's fine.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 11:47 AM on May 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


Nah there is nothing slagworthy at all about this. This is awesome.

Sometimes it's easy to feel Seinfelded into submission, but there is no doubt he was and is one funny, clever, and hardworking dude.

And if you are even remotely a fan, and haven't yet seen Comedian, then you need to do so. And watch it again with commentary turned on.
posted by The Deej at 11:48 AM on May 6, 2011


"Oat bag, I get my oat bag now..."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:50 AM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


I wouldn't have pegged Jerry as a pink highlight kind of guy. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

I bet they're using HTML 5 Boilerplate.
posted by SirOmega at 11:53 AM on May 6, 2011


His schedule has a certain logic once you take into account how many people in Grand Rapids are of dutch descent. I'm just saying.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 12:00 PM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was expecting a bit more from the design after haring the praise here. It's a few static pages, three videos, and some transitions. On a professional white background, it is true.
posted by smackfu at 12:06 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's a good idea - give people three bites and they'll value each one, and come back for more. If you give them everything at once they'll get tired of it after a couple of days, no matter what the content is.
posted by Kevin Street at 12:07 PM on May 6, 2011


I was expecting a bit more from the design after haring the praise here. It's a few static pages, three videos, and some transitions. On a professional white background, it is true.

Restraint ain't easy.
posted by device55 at 12:09 PM on May 6, 2011 [3 favorites]


While I was never the biggest fan of his show OR his stand up, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jerry Seinfeld as a comedian. Terms of my employment contract prevent me from revealing more, but I can say that the man is ALWAYS working on new material, and that his touring schedule is so busy (for a man of his wealth) not because of greed but because of a devotion to his craft.
posted by KingEdRa at 12:22 PM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


I took a stand-up comedy course in college (yeah, I know, they'll teach anything these days). We analyzed the routines of all the greats; over that semester I watched a ton of comics but my favorite's always been Seinfeld. He gets groans because his show was insanely popular, and his played-out "what's the DEAL with..." bit and mostly inoffensive material turned him into sort of a generic default comedian. But I still think the guy is consistently hilarious, a master of his trade. I haven't heard much from him lately though. This looks like a nice gesture to the fans as the twilight of his career moves on.

Also, about that clip from 1981: Is it just me or was his diction pretty bad back then? I don't know if he always used to talk like that but it sounds like he was choking on his own teeth. He enunciates so much better in his later stuff, without sounding like he's trying to. Guess that's further testimony of his skill at what he does.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:25 PM on May 6, 2011


Oh the 90s, back when standup was a thing for some reason.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:30 PM on May 6, 2011


While I was never the biggest fan of his show OR his stand up, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jerry Seinfeld as a comedian. Terms of my employment contract prevent me from revealing more, but I can say that the man is ALWAYS working on new material, and that his touring schedule is so busy (for a man of his wealth) not because of greed but because of a devotion to his craft.

I'll admit that I wasn't aware he was still actively performing, and had the image of him as an aloof retired millionaire who once in a decade or so deigned to come down and make insect-related CGI family comedies. Happy to be corrected on that.
posted by anazgnos at 12:41 PM on May 6, 2011


Oh the 90s, back when standup was a thing for some reason.

I think that reason is largely Seinfeld. Back then was when the whole trend started of sitcoms starring standup comedians basically doing their stage show with other actors. Roseanne might have been the first big one, but then Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Brett Butler, Jeff Foxworthy, Ray Romano... all those guys got sitcom contracts.

Also, Comedy Central started up and an absurdly large part of their programming was standup, either rebroadcasts of HBO specials, or bits and pieces of larger routines shown on Short Attention Span Theater.
posted by LionIndex at 12:49 PM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


Whoever Seinfeld hired to do this, they did a bang-up job.

According to the Times link, the site was designed by Ammirati, or as I like to call them, "the ad wizards who came up with this one."
posted by incomple at 1:07 PM on May 6, 2011 [4 favorites]


This new material (from, e.g., 1981) strikes directly at the canard, "Seinfeld is Unfunny"
posted by fredludd at 1:28 PM on May 6, 2011


From that 'Seinfeld is Unfunny' link:

Most pop culture originates in the US, and other countries get it much later. Rock Band 2 came out in the US at the same time as Rock Band 1 did in Australia, so anyone playing it RB1 online in Australia had no one to play with save for a few Aussies that bought it.

Oh dear.
posted by Summer at 1:42 PM on May 6, 2011


but Seinfeld has to be the most overrated show in history.

Actually, no. In terms of RATED shows in the history of TV, I find it in pretty elite territory. Not just ENORMOUSLY successful in terms of popularity and thus revenues, but also almost always at least okay, often superlative.

The secret to my mind is that it was a show of "manners". That is, here's a few sort of likable people that may seem familiar to various people that you know. But be careful. Watch them closely. Don't be like them. Not if you want to be a thought of as a good person (by others and yourself). Don't be shallow, vain, indulgent, petulant, obnoxious, overbearing, smug, stubborn, self-centered, self-aggrandizing, lazy, petty, cheap ...

Laughing at assholes. Definitely one of my favorite sports.
posted by philip-random at 2:17 PM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


I watched Seinfeld a little bit, and have never seen more a few minutes of his stand-up, but I find his exploration of the craft of stand-up comedy to be absolutely fascinating. See his documentary Comedian or that new HBO show Talking Funny with Rick Gervais, Chris Rock, and Louis CK (first episode on youtube). Hearing those guys talk shop is really interesting stuff.
posted by AceRock at 2:23 PM on May 6, 2011 [5 favorites]


If you like comedians talking shop, make sure you're check out Marc Maron's WTF podcast.
posted by KingEdRa at 2:29 PM on May 6, 2011


Better than his old site
posted by Eideteker at 2:56 PM on May 6, 2011


But I still think the guy is consistently hilarious, a master of his trade.

Well, with the notable exception of that hugely disappointing failed ad campaign with Bill Gates, where each 2:00 minute commercial felt 1:30 minutes too long.

But yeah, Talking Funny with Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Louis CK is genius.
posted by misha at 3:34 PM on May 6, 2011


This new material (from, e.g., 1981) strikes directly at the canard, "Seinfeld is Unfunny"

Oh god a TvTropes link. I've already got 3 new tabs. Damn you!
posted by delmoi at 3:57 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


BTW, for those admiring the Seinfeld's site design (me too!), the video player is videojs -- free, open source, easy to use html5 & javascript video player that includes flash fallback.
I recognized because I love that little widget.
posted by lesli212 at 4:12 PM on May 6, 2011 [4 favorites]


Jerry Seinfeld says Jerry Seinfeld will announce that Jerry Seinfeld will launch Jerry Seinfeld's website Jerry Seinfeld.com with content written by Jerry Seinfeld and provided courtesy of Jerry Seinfeld.

And the world became a slightly stupider place.
posted by charlie don't surf at 6:07 PM on May 6, 2011


That is a really nice website.

Also, I love Seinfeld's show and standup, so nyah.
posted by danb at 6:17 PM on May 6, 2011


Is there an RSS feed? I can't find a link to one, but I want it.
posted by meese at 7:15 PM on May 6, 2011


This is an interesting idea for a website. Most personal websites are pretty useless.

That's because, in the grand scheme of things, most people are pretty useless.
posted by madcaptenor at 7:30 PM on May 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


I listen to a lot of podcasts done by stand-up comedians. Almost all of them can do a cheese ball impression of Jerry Seinfeld, and they tend to use it when things they're doing start sounding like a 'bit'. Like: "What's the deal with...."

In short, he's sort of become the epitome of something. That's pretty big.

However, Larry David's sensibility, and Jason Alexander's portrayal of it were so nihilistic, so gleefully selfish and narcissistic, they were what made the show for me.
posted by Trochanter at 7:36 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh, I don't really like his attitude in either article, but the site itself is top-notch. My pc is so old and slow; I always have to pause video to let it buffer. But his clips are zippy. And the site has a really nice, clean look. I'm impressed.
posted by santaslittlehelper at 7:37 PM on May 6, 2011


Thanks for this, bookmarked.
posted by arcticseal at 11:18 PM on May 6, 2011


Here's the sting, the rough part: I read this post earlier today, checked out the site, liked it a lot, then tried to find it a few minutes ago using google, with terms liek "seinfeld site" . . . I eventually had to come back to this thread.

That's a fascinating angle, to me: how does a performer or artist redefine themselves in relation to the new media, when one's name has already become a search term with at least a decade of freighted baggage? I'm interested to see whether the site can survive the brutal democracy of the search algorithm. Can Seinfeld overcome Seinfeld?
posted by chaff at 11:39 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


The secret to my mind is that it was a show of "manners".

Thank you phillip-random: I had the sudden experience of making a (maybe dubious) mental connection:

Jerry Seinfeld / Larry David = (20th Century)Oscar Wilde (!!!)
posted by chaff at 11:47 PM on May 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Jerry Seinfeld / Larry David = (20th Century)Oscar Wilde (!!!)

... and Bob Dylan was the 20th Century Shakespeare. Definitely America's century ... but that's all in the rearview now.
posted by philip-random at 1:04 AM on May 7, 2011


OK, the videos for day 2 are now up. But I don't see a way to access yesterday's videos... It's probably staring me right in the face. Help?
posted by wabbittwax at 6:02 AM on May 7, 2011


wabbitwax, the purpose of the website is to not offer archives, but to only offer 2 or 3 vids a day. NYT had an article about it. Ostensibly, it's about "Seinfeld portion control", but I imagine it's also some sort of cutting down on piracy thing?

Here's the thing, though: the video interface, as I expected (mwahaha), makes videos trivially easier to download. Even easier than straight flash, which is pretty darn easy.

Furthermore, they don't seem to restrict access to old videos. For instance, here are yesterdays ( (they also come in webm and flv if you can't view mp4):

cdn.jerryseinfeld.com/assets/19810506_bpa2vi.mp4
cdn.jerryseinfeld.com/assets/19980809_lfjbio.mp4
cdn.jerryseinfeld.com/assets/19900530_ukzg1y.mp4
posted by lesli212 at 9:56 AM on May 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


Even though I liked Seinfeld as a show and a comedian, I understand how oversaturation of something can lead to really getting sick of it (i.e. I loved Nirvana as a teen, now when I hear the opening riff of Smells Like Teen Spirit, changing the station is just muscle memory). That said, hating Jerry Seinfeld is like hating Steve Jobs: you might think he's overrated, you might think he doesn't deserve the credit he does, you might think he's a dick, and you might even dislike his product, but like it or not, he changed shit.

Also, and I'm just gonna say it, Jerry Seinfeld is kind of a smug prick, but so is Steve Martin.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 10:43 AM on May 7, 2011 [2 favorites]


And it makes me just as sad that Steve Martin is a smug prick, too. I see why these famous guys have to create such likable alter-egos... the comedian's actual persona is sometimes not too likable.
posted by santaslittlehelper at 9:00 AM on May 8, 2011


Steve Martin's alter ego is likable? Since when?
posted by blucevalo at 2:15 PM on May 8, 2011


Seinfeld was a staple show for me in its hey day, and well after. I watched it every day in syndication for years. I've easily watched the whole series 3-4 times over. Having said that, if I go back and watch any of the old seasons (seasons 1-3, maybe?) I find it pretty painful.

Also, the trailer for the movie Comedian remains one of my all time favourite movie trailers. Which is kinda funny, since I never actually saw the movie.

I love that I can go and check out 3 old bits... But for all of you going on about what an awesome design this is, I have complaints:

1) No RSS feed
2) No archives
3) Trying to open up pages in new tabs (ctrl-clicking) doesn't work. It just opens it up in the current window. Boooo.
posted by antifuse at 8:47 AM on May 9, 2011


if I go back and watch any of the old seasons (seasons 1-3, maybe?) I find it pretty painful.

Seasons one through three were made twenty years ago. That's what's painful to think about. I've stumbled across episodes and marvelled at how fast the show has aged, but they really haven't. It's just that time is going by really fast these days. Who do I talk to about that?
posted by Trochanter at 11:00 AM on May 9, 2011


Well, that's sort of what I find painful about it. It's so funny seeing him with his phone that has the reallly long cord so he can sit on the couch and talk on the phone. I think to myself "Wow, we used to have that too!" - and then I think to myself "Wow, we used to have phones with CORDS, that didn't need batteries!"
posted by antifuse at 1:12 PM on May 9, 2011


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