Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill
Jerry Seinfeld is one of the world’s most beloved stand-up comedians, but that isn’t all he has to offer: He’s also an acclaimed author and philanthropist.
He’s best known as co-creator of the beloved television show Seinfeld. But above all else, he is a devoted husband and father who cherishes his family more than anything else in this life.
His passion for comedy can be seen in his latest project: a Netflix stand-up special called “Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill,” premiering May 5. This special offers “sharp perspectives on everyday life, uncovering comedy in the mundane.” This marks Seinfeld’s second special for Netflix after 2017’s “Jerry Before Seinfeld.”
Although the special is relatively short, it still manages to provide some great laughs and poignant moments. Seinfeld consistently searches for humor in everyday situations; in one scene he and his wife had to leave their apartment because the landlord was racist; another time his parents refused to pay for him to ride “Happily Ever After” ride at Disneyland because they feared he’d get motion sickness, Seinfeld can use this experience as a metaphor for his own rocky relationship with his wife.
The first half of the special is an engaging exploration of middle age, the sort of thing that often makes viewers cringe at sitcoms and think, “Thank goodness I’m not there!” Yet it also serves as a reminder that there’s something funny and important about midlife crisis that he wants us all to experience together.
But in the later portion of the special, he becomes quite self-indulgent. He recounts how his parents were orphans and didn’t have access to safe housing as children, leading him to feel like an outsider growing up. Additionally, he muses over how influential Superman’s success narrative had on him; how it “intoxicated” him with the idea that one man could save the world.
He talks about his struggles to find a job and getting his own voice heard – both issues which many entrepreneurs face when starting a business. He offers some humorous remarks about making money at bars and being a dad, but most of the special is dedicated to reflecting on middle age and what it’s like having both his career and family come together.
This special is an insightful look at the highs and lows of his career, but also serves as a poignant reminder of how he has been treated by the media over time. In today’s world where it often seems like they’re more interested in criticizing him than celebrating him, this special serves as a timely reminder that even famous comedians can face demonization.