Jerry Seinfeld is the cover subject of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, in which the 58-year-old comedian and mega-millionaire is profiled and studied to see why a 58-year-old comedian and mega-millionaire would continue to write jokes and tell jokes in front of people on a regular basis.
If you’re a professional stand-up comedian, then you already know the answer.
Because you must.
The profile lets you in on his life with about as much minutia about nothing as you think his stand-up and his sitcom was. Not that there’s anything…I’ll stop myself right there.
Above, you can see Seinfeld’s hand-written joke about Pop-Tarts. Below, you can see and hear him explain his process. He still writes out his jokes on yellow legal pads of paper. Roll the clip.