Jerry Seinfeld has decided to go on tour, and as if to remind us that his stand-up life preceded his decade-plus dominance of network TV, he’s also archived the best bits from a comedy career that now spans over 25 years. (He first appeared on national television in 1977.) The new site/archive will feature just a few clips, making new ones available each day. It’s a smart move; the steady trickle of new jokes will no doubt keep fans hungry.
For a reminder of the days when it was Seinfeld himself who was hungry, here’s a set from 1981, his first appearance on HBO. He’s being presented by the pitch-perfect Smothers Brothers, who introduce the barely known comedian as “Jerry Steinfeld.”
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