Is This Anything?

Is This Anything?
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Rating: 3.76
Bestsellers Rate: 30125
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 480
Hours of reading: 8.0 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 23,05 €

About the book

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.

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"Jerry Seinfeld's new book, Is This Anything?... I enjoy opening it, pretending I'm Jerry and making my wife laugh with Jerry's material. It's like an artist being a copyist at a museum; you learn by emulating the strokes of others."--Steve Martin in the New York Times Book Review "It almost looks like a book of poetry...It made me realize a joke is a precision instrument, every word is a beat."--Susan Morrison, The New Yorker "This book is incredible...It's like the best joke book you can buy."--Jimmy Fallon "[A] trove of laugh-out-loud one-liners but also a timeline, beginning with a kid commuting from his parents' home on Long Island to New York City to try to make strangers laugh. It continues through a career during which Seinfeld became arguably the greatest stand-up comic of his era and the pivotal figure of the funniest TV sitcom of its time."--Associated Press "Seinfeld proudly proclaimed to be a show about nothing. Is This Anything?, Jerry Seinfeld's first book in almost three decades, is about everything....Bit by bit, we chart his growth as a master joke craftsman. Decade by decade, we follow his life journey, viewing the world through his perspective of what he found to be funny.... Is It Anything? captures the output of one of our great comic minds."--Washington Post "Fans of Seinfeld will eat this up, and aspiring comics will want to study how he shapes his seemingly effortless humor."--Kirkus Reviews "Comedian Seinfeld reflects on the absurdities of life in a laugh-out-loud volume that gathers jokes he's written over the course of his 45-year career along with reminiscences on the lifestyle and craft of stand-up...This sharply observed, life-in-gags treasure trove offers essential reading for comedy fans, from a master of the form."--Publishers Weekly, "Admirers of Seinfeld's stream-of-consciousness observations about the minutiae of daily life will find much to enjoy here, and readers will also appreciate the window onto his evolution as a comic as he changes from a single guy in a messy apartment to the cocreator and star of a hit sitcom to a husband and father who watches (and critiques) Star Wars with his kids...a welcome treasure trove of laughs."--Booklist "Seinfeld's jokes on the page makes his comedy come to life with new meaning. As you consider Seinfeld's career, which has spanned nearly five decades, you realize that even though he claims his comedy is about nothing, you could just as easily say it's about everything."--BookPage "The book is consistently funny and it's impressive that someone could have had a lifetime of so many insightful observations about seemingly mundane things... It's unlike anything I've ever seen..."--Paul Leslie Hour "[H]is autobiographical intro to Is This Anything? is so perceptive and engaging, as are subsequent interstitial glimpses of his offstage life..."--Air Mail "Jerry Seinfeld's new book, Is This Anything? proves that passion leads to career success."--Inc. Magazine

Jerry Seinfeld Biography

Jerome Allen Seinfeld ( SYNE-feld; born April 29, 1954) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David. The show aired on NBC from 1989 until 1998, becoming one of the most acclaimed and popular sitcoms of all time. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes in observational comedy. In 2004, Comedy Central named him the 12th-greatest stand-up comedian of all time.Seinfeld produced, co-wrote, and starred in the 2007 film Bee Movie, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. In 2010, he premiered a reality series called The Marriage Ref, which aired for two seasons on NBC. Seinfeld is the creator and host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012–2019). He is married to author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld, with whom he has three children. Seinfeld has received twenty Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work on Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee as well as four Grammy Award nominations for his comedy albums.

Early life

Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City. His father, sign painter Kálmán Seinfeld, was Jewish and collected jokes that he heard while serving in World War II. His mother, Betty (née Hosni;) and her parents, Selim and Salha Hosni, were Jews from Aleppo, Syria. Their nationality was stated as Turkish when they immigrated in 1917, as Syria was under the Ottoman Empire. Seinfeld has an older sister, Carolyn. Salha's mother Garez Dayan, Seinfeld's great-grandmother, was a member of the Dayan rabbinic family, who trace their paternal ancestry back to the Medieval Exilarchs, and from the Exilarchs back to the Biblical King David. Seinfeld's second cousin is musician and actor Evan Seinfeld. Seinfeld grew up in Massapequa, New York, and attended Massapequa High School on Long Island. At the age of 16, he spent time volunteering in Kibbutz Sa'ar in Israel. He attended the State University of New York at Oswego, and transferred after his second year to Queens College, City University of New York, where he graduated in 1976 with a degree in communications and theater.

Career

Early career

Seinfeld developed an interest in stand-up comedy after brief stints in college productions. He appeared on open-mic nights at Budd Friedman's Improv Club while attending Queens College. After graduation in 1976, he tried out at an open-mic night at New York City's Catch a Rising Star, which led to an appearance in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special. In 1980, he had a small recurring role on the sitcom Benson, playing Frankie, a mail-delivery boy who had comedy routines that no one wanted to hear. Seinfeld was abruptly fired from the show due to creative differences. Seinfeld has said that he was not told he had been fired until he turned up for the read-through session for an episode and fo ... Read full biography

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Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781982112691
ISBN10: 1982112697
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Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 480
Book Weight: 753
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Publication date: Oct. 6, 2020
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