Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is the most successful and influential comedian of his generation. His brilliant observational riffs on the minutiae of everyday life formed the basis of the television classic Seinfeld, the quintessential sitcom of the 1990s and one of the most beloved series in the history of the medium. Born April 29, 1959 in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in nearby Massapequa, he began his comedy career the very night he graduated from Queens College; struggling throughout his early years, Seinfeld often performed for free in order to hone his skills, working by day in a variety of odd jobs that included selling light bulbs over the phone and hawking fake jewelry on the streets. His breakthrough arrived when he was tapped to serve as master of ceremonies at the famed New York City club the Comic Strip, and soon he was also regularly performing on the West Coast.

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