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Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the comedy club where he began his career to recount his early life.

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Jerry Seinfeld returns to The Comic Strip in New York City for a stand-up set at the club that helped launched 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 jokes that put him on the comedy map. Written by Netflix

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Justifiably Self-Indulgent
29 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is more of a retrospective than it is your traditional stand up routine.

Which turns out to be one of this special's major cons. Learning about Jerry's rise in comedy is endearing and genuine enough, and the material he chose was enough to warrant a laugh here and there.

Which, oddly enough, is also one of the special's biggest vices, with how in-genuine it can feel at times. There's several moments where the crowd would call out and Jerry would launch into an "improvised" riff, but it all felt really forced. The special would've been fine without it, it was very inessential and kinda hurt the immersion a little.

Either way, although not the best, it's still an above average comedy special compared to recent Netflix outings, so give it a watch if it sounds like it'd interest you.


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