Jerry Before Seinfeld Reviews

July 11, 2019
I laughed a lot during "Jerry Before Seinfeld."
July 11, 2019
There might not be any earth-shattering revelations about his rise to fame, but there's still enough to excite a comedy super-fan's interest.
July 11, 2019
Seinfeld works the cramped stage of his old haunt with not only the effortless and inevitable confidence of the old pro and cultural touchstone he is, but with an enthusiasm belying any hint of obligation.
July 10, 2019
Here is a comic performance that's from the ages, and for the ages. It doesn't get any better than this.
July 10, 2019
Jerry Seinfeld is as funny and observant as ever in Jerry Before Seinfeld.
December 19, 2017
But repackaged with a new narrative, those same jokes can hold up some 40 years later. Inside The Comic Strip, Jerry Seinfeld can be cool once more.
October 10, 2017
It's wry observation and it is as intensely funny as it is an intense avoidance of anything political or dark.
October 4, 2017
Fans of the man, who arguably invented post-modern observational comedy "about nothing" (and yet about everything), will be delighted by the set-up.
September 24, 2017
Pleasant enough, but mostly just Seinfeld recycling his Greatest Hits.
September 22, 2017
Truth be told, Seinfeld's ambitions are still admirably humble for having a reputation so massive.
September 20, 2017
It's certainly pleasant, and anyone who is a fan of his will chuckle their way through it. But it's unclear what we're being sold here.
September 20, 2017
It's the best kind of minimalist comedy television. Just a comic, a mic, a stage and an audience.
September 20, 2017
This is watching a craftsman at work.
September 19, 2017
It was such a pleasure to sink down into these jokes with Seinfeld, such a treat to be carried along by such a confident professional. It's rare to be treated this way by any piece of current entertainment; enjoy his achievement here.
September 19, 2017
Jerry Before Seinfeld's structural banter doesn't quite hit the mark. It's almost as if Seinfeld couldn't decide exactly what he wanted this to be. These criticisms not withstanding, Jerry Before Seinfeld shines whenever it lets the comic be a comic.
September 19, 2017
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.
Top Critic
September 18, 2017
Seinfeld-before-"Seinfeld" fans will especially enjoy this congenial, familiar hour special.
September 18, 2017
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.
September 18, 2017
There's always another bon mot, and the occasional dud humor in Jerry Before Seinfeld in no way detracts from the larger pleasures of watching this peerless comedian pay tribute to his roots.