Five decades ago, a year before he died in 2013, Jerry Seinfeld was doing the things most people do in a year: talking about the world.
That year, Seinfeld and his wife, Amy, made their debut as the host of “Seinfeld,” the most successful comedy series in television history.
And Seinfeld had been making it in comedy for a decade before that.
“The show was very much a reflection of my personal experience as a kid,” Seinfeld said in an interview with The New York Times in 2006.
“I was an impressionable kid.”
As a teen, Seville began writing, improvising and performing at his home, which was surrounded by his parents’ apartment.
His mother taught him how to read and write, but Seinfeld’s writing was a different beast.
He also wrote a number of short stories, a number that were published in Weird Tales magazine in 1974, and he started writing a show called “The Seinfeld Show” in 1977.
By then, Seignes had written for several TV shows, including “Seville” and “Dirty Jobs,” as well as his own series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
“My life was pretty normal,” Seigns said in 2006, “just trying to get by and not get hit by cars.”
His family lived in a two-bedroom apartment in a strip mall on East 53rd Street in Manhattan, where he was an undergrad.
Seinfeld spent a lot of time alone.
His parents divorced in 1980, and they separated when he was 14, but they had never been apart.
Seignis’ mother, Betty, who was married to the comedian’s younger brother, had remarried, and the couple’s relationship seemed to go nowhere.
When Seinfeld met Betty in 1989, he was in his early 20s and a single father of two.
“She was a sweet woman,” Seigned said, “and she was always there for me.”
Seinfeld took the idea of his mother being the show’s star to heart.
“My mother was the one that really gave me a sense of purpose,” he said.
“When I got to college, I decided that I was going to be a comedian.
And I got that idea from my mother.”
Seignises family, Seager said, didn’t seem to have much of an impact on him.
“We were very, very well-off,” Seville said.
He said his mother, who had always worked at a local supermarket, worked long hours and was on a fixed income.
He would sometimes work as late as 9 p.m.
“It was always a very quiet, very quiet house,” he recalled.
“All I wanted to do was get on the phone to my mom.”
His mother died in 1995, leaving Seinfeld to take over the family business, Seagram’s.
The Seinfeld family would not change its name, and Seinfeld has remained relatively quiet about the show and its legacy.
Seagrams is still one of the most well-known brands in the United States, but his name has been relegated to a footnote in pop culture.
Seigmans “Seignises” are more often seen in commercials and on social media, and his son has recently taken over as co-executive producer of Seinfeld.
“People don’t know what Seinfeld means,” Seigne said.
But Seignizes life in New York, where Seinfeld began, has shaped his thinking about what it means to be “a comedian.”
“I thought that was a great thing for my mother to do,” Seige said.
Seigne remembers his mother taking him to a local bar every Friday night to watch Seinfeld with his younger brother.
“There was nothing funny about it,” Seagle said.
The two began watching Seinfeld in the 1980s, and their mother often came over to watch him.
She would watch Seignys comedy in the back seat of the car.
“But we would talk about comedy, and she would ask, ‘Do you want to go to the bar, or do you want me to go over there?'”
They often talked about their mother, but her life was always in the background.
Seange, who grew up in a working-class household in New Jersey, became interested in comedy when he moved to New York City to study at NYU in 1985.
“He really did not want to be the kid who was the comedian and the goofball, and we were always looking for different kinds of humor,” Seange said.
That interest in comedy grew, however, when Seinfeld became the host and star of “The Daily Show,” a show that aired on Comedy Central from 1987 to 1993.
It was Seinfelds first major TV gig, and for Seignies first comedy show.
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