Seinfeld on life and comedy and why spareness serves you
From Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow, in which Apatow interviews comedians about their process . . . and how they made it.
In this interview excerpt with Jerry Seinfeld not long ago, Apatow recalls the first time he interviewed Seinfeld. (It was pre-Seinfeld, the hit TV comdey, and Apatow was only 15 years old):
Judd: The other thing that I remember about our interview is that your apartment had nothing in it. Like, it was not decorated.
Jerry: Oh, I was a minimalist from the beginning. I think that’s why I’ve done well as a comedian.
Judd: No distractions.
Jerry: If you always want less, in words as well as things, you’ll do well as a writer.
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