Is This Anything?

Is This Anything?

eBook - 2020
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The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy.Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub "Catch a Rising Star" as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. "Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders," Seinfeld writes. "So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth." For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2020
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9781982112745
1982112743
Additional Contributors: Seinfeld, Jerry. Is this anything?

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Be careful where you read Jerry Seinfeld's new book because your guffaws of laughter could wake the neighbours or scare someone sitting next to you on the bus. I admit I'm a Seinfeld fan and all he has to do is walk on stage and I'm smiling. This book is a gem. His "bio" (pages 3 to 12) explains what comedy means to him and the way he views life. All his ideas make me think; they strike a chord. His comedy is funny, intelligent, inspiring and urbane. Several times I laughed until I couldn't breathe and had to take a short break. Loved the Index. Just saying... this is a funny book.

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writermala
Mar 16, 2021

What makes Jerry Seinfeld's show so successful is his sense of timing. His book is more or less a compilation of the jokes inn his show and one can visualize him saying these lines on air. Regardless of whether one has seen his show or not the book is funny. The answer to his question, "Is this anything," is "no it is not." This book is about nothing in particular yet it strikes a chord with us because it talks of everyday things - we've all been there done that. It does make us laugh.

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arne20
Mar 10, 2021

Just a rehash of his act. Not particularily funny. Loses something in the translation from stage to book.

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cucho_cat
Feb 27, 2021

It's not a book.
Just a jokes' compilation grouped by decades.
If you find this in an airport store, take it. It will be a fun fat magazine type printed publication.

I really enjoyed it.

Seinfeld is extremely funny, if you like his comedy, this is a must read. I must say he's very talented and you probably won't feel disappointed by the compilation. But this won't be anything remarkable in your reading life.

I haven't read a book in years. This is what I choose to come back to my former favorite hobby: "It is what it is"

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iloveseaotters
Feb 03, 2021

This book should be considered a self help book because laughter is so needed in the world right now. I don't know if Jerry intentionally planned it this way, but God bless him.

I read a lot of this book on the 2nd anniversary of my husband's passing. It was an extremely difficult day, but instead of crying I found myself laughing to the point of tears, thanks to Jerry's humor. I think my husband would be happy to know that.

I love the way the book is written in general, with plenty of white space which gives it a neat appearance and makes it very quick and easy to read. There's even an index in the back.

The book is categorized by decade, starting with the 70s and ending in the 10s, in which he mentions the current state of the world, but in a humorous way .

For me, the funniest section was the 70s, especially the first joke he ever told about being left-handed. Some of the jokes I'd heard on his Netflix special, but a lot of them were new to me and I loved them.

The 80s chapter was pretty funny too and I loved the references to 80s culture.

Oddly enough my least favorite section was the 90s, which was, of course, the Seinfeld era. I'm not sure why, but maybe because I'd heard a lot of the jokes on Seinfeld so many times.

My favorite section was the 00s. Not only are the jokes hilarious but my husband and I saw him perform twice; once in Seattle on my birthday and once in Vegas at Caesars Palace. It wasn't quite the same as hearing them live, but just reading them again made me laugh and brought back wonderful memories.

The 10s were okay but not nearly as hilarious as the 00s. However, it was fun to read new stuff from him and laugh.

He doesn't go into detail about his personal life. Each chapter begins with a short story about his career in that era, so in a sense it's an autobiography of his comedy.

I'm so glad he wrote this book. It's truly a gift to those of us who are hurting. Thanks Jerry.

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vickmeister
Jan 21, 2021

Not a biography, but a collection of Jerry Seinfeld's comic bits throughout the decades. As someone who has been a fan since the 1980s I found this a fun visit through his jokes familiar and new.

IndyPL_LeahK Dec 30, 2020

Jerry Seinfeld in "Is This Anything?" offers 45 years of "funny bits" that had been written out on yellow legal pads and filed away in old-school accordion folders. Here's the thing, you are either going to love this collection of Seinfeld material or find yourself irked that it's not an autobiography or that there's nothing new here (both points are true). If you are a Seinfeld fan, revisiting his old bits might be like visiting with old friends. Seinfeld's observational humor about the absurdities of life still ring true. And in this time of social distancing, a little laugh about ordinary nothingness of existence might be just the thing to crack a smile or laugh out loud. The material is organized by decade and you can see the change in subject matter as Seinfeld in his early career muses on childhood and dating, to marriage, kids, technology, and getting older. In that way, it could be described it as an "impressionistic autobiography told through jokes." I opted for the print, and could literally hear Seinfeld's voice as I read. Listening to the audiobook might even be better.

LCPL_Cindy Dec 28, 2020

Bored stiff. I guess I’ve heard this material too many times. Nothing new. And this should not be labeled as a biography as the content is only a collection of notes and one-liners. The other comments submitted here are a testament to that fact.

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pattyskypants
Dec 14, 2020

What Millie_99 said . . . just a collection of one liners. Just jokes. Some of it is funny, but in a relentless sort of way.

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Dee_BPL
Dec 04, 2020

I listened to the audiobook version of the book narrated by Seinfeld himself. Maybe I've seen too many Seinfeld episides (HUGE FAN OF THE SHOW!) because I found the first 2/3 of the book like listening to a rerun over and over. This is not a biography - it's a compilation of all those little comedy bits that he would end every episode of Seinfeld with where he does a little stand up clip. It was ok but not great. I had hoped for some material we hadn't seen before. That said, if you haven't watched every episode of Seinfeld multiple times it will be fresh!

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