Jerome Allen Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld)
Brooklyn-born comedian Jerry Seinfeld began his comedy career at an open mic night right after graduating from Queens College in New York, which doubled as an audition for 1976’s Catch a Rising Star.
After his open mic appearance, Seinfeld landed a spot in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO TV special performing stand-up.
On the heels of repeated late night stand-up bookings, he teamed up with writer Larry David to create the TV series Seinfeld. Four seasons later, it was the most popular sitcom in America, and currently dominates the airwaves in syndication.
After dating college student Shoshanna Lonstein for several years, Seinfeld broke it off and married public relations executive Jessica Sklar in 1999.
He attended the Massapequa High School and the East Lake Elementary School for his preliminary education. As a 16 year old, he volunteered at the Kibbutz Sa'ar, a collective community in Israel.
Seinfeld studied communications and theater at Queen's College, City University of New York, and shortly after graduation in 1976 he made his stand-up debut at an open mic night in Catch a Rising Star nightclub.
Jerry developed an interest in Stand-Up Comedy after brief stints in College Productions. Right after graduation from Queens College, he tried out at an Open Mic Night at New York City's catch a Rising Star in 1976. Soon after, he appeared in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO Special. When he first started doing Stand-Up Comedy, his mother and sister said he would never be as funny as his father.
In May 1981, Seinfeld made a highly successful appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." He then became a regular on similar shows, including "Late Night With David Letterman" and "The Mery Griffin Show."
He was ranked #12 in Comedy Central's List of the 100 greatest Stand-Ups of all time.
Jerry created "Seinfeld" with Larry David in 1989 for NBC. By its fourth season it had become the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. The show left the air in 1998 but is still receiving heavy airplay in syndication.
The show also starred «Saturday Night Live» veteran Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as well as experienced actors Michael Richards and Jason Alexander. On the show, Jerry played a caricature of himself and has said that his show was inspired by the 1950s sitcom "The Abbott And Costello Show."
After "Seinfeld" ended, Jerry returned to Stand-Up Comedy instead of pursuing a film career as many other popular comedians have done. In 1998, Seinfeld went on tour and recorded a comedy special entitled "I'm telling you for the last time." The process of developing and performing new material at clubs around the world was chronicled in a 2002 documentary, "Comedian," which focused also on fellow comic Orny Adams. He has written a few books, mostly archives of past routines.
- He is best known for his debut in ‘The Tonight Show’, and for playing semi-fictional version of himself in NBC’s wildly popular comic sitcom ‘Seinfeld’ that ran for nine seasons, and remained the highest rated show in the United States till its final episode got aired in 1998. Known to be the most popular and high-profile comedian in the United States, Jerry is also best known for his collection of 47 Porsches, arguably one of the world’s largest Porsche collections. Unlike most stars of the top-rated television shows, Seinfeld showed no interest in moving to films, instead he continued to do stand-up comedy, embarking on multiple national tours of comedy clubs and theaters.
1960 - 1968
1968 - 1972
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