David Steinberg: Thank you for doing this.
Jerry Seinfeld: This is one of my favorite things. The greatest thing about being a comedian is knowing other comedians. And you get to talk to them. Its the most fun.
DS: I was watching Comedian, your documentary about going on the road. Did you enjoy doing that?
JS: When youre in comedy, people always come up and say, Oh, it must be so hard. It really isnt hard unless youre not good at it. If you can do it, its really kind of fun and easy.
DS: After Seinfeld, what surprised you most about being on the road?
JS: Well, after the show, the road was really a lot easier. Theres a much higher and broader intelligence level today.
DS: Theyre smarter.
JS: Everyones more aware of everything now.
DS: And theres nothing regional anymore.
JS: Not as much. My friend Spike has a theory that theres just too much of everything.
DS: I agree with that.
JS: Thats whats happening to us.
DS: Yeah, theres too muchyou see someone interesting on TV on Tuesday, and by Friday you hate that person.
JS: Youre tired of them. Dont you find youre tired of shows youve never seen? You hear of some shows farewell episode, and you go, Thank God theyre doneenough of that crap. And youve never seen one episode of it.
DS: Do people come up to you and say, Heres a joke.
JS: No, but what I get is people trying to be funny. I dont know why. I dont need you to be funny. I dont want to be entertained. Maybe they want to return the favor. You know, crankiness is at the essence of all comedy. My wife and I were discussing the different types of cranky. Theres entertaining cranky, annoying cranky, angry cranky.
DS: Do you ever get cranky and angry?
JS: Well, all comedy starts with anger. You get angry, and its never for a good reason, right? You know its not a good reason. And then you try and work it from there.