Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Jerry Before Seinfeld finds its star revisiting his earliest material on his hometown stage, offering appropriately familiar - yet still abundant - laughs along the way.

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Jerry Before Seinfeld: Jerry Seinfeld returns to The Comic Strip for an intimate ​stand-up ​ set at the club that helped launch his career. Interspersed with never-before-seen material -- including a library of legal pads with every joke he's written since 1975, childhood videos, and more -- Jerry performs the jokes that put him on the comedy map in an hour-long stand-up special, only on Netflix.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

It's wry observation and it is as intensely funny as it is an intense avoidance of anything political or dark.

Oct 10, 2017 | Full Review…

It's the best kind of minimalist comedy television. Just a comic, a mic, a stage and an audience.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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This is watching a craftsman at work.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…

He tends to start with a small idea, then figure out the big idea behind his observation, then figure out the shortest way to communicate the absurdity of that imbalance - the absurdity of putting so much stock into the smallest thing possible.

Sep 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Seinfeld-before-"Seinfeld" fans will especially enjoy this congenial, familiar hour special.

Sep 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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It's still quintessential Seinfeld, poking fun at cereal and air travel and prepositions, but his set is looser, intimate and more biographical, a rebrand for the podcast age.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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