Jerry Seinfeld: He Keeps it Clean

The Seinfeld era marked a more honest point in American history. At its epicenter was an unlikely anti-hero: a milk-drinking neurotic with perfect teeth. Jerry Seinfeld’s OCD tendencies made obsessive-compulsion cool well before Adderall’s focused leap into the limelight. By luring audience attention to his own self-deprivation, the star politely sidestepped the ‘90s flood of vulgarity in stand-up — and really, why would he drop f-bombs when his character has the cleanest apartment in New York City?

True fans of Jerry and the gang are having an impassioned rekindling, thanks to this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The current storyline revolves around the pretense of a Seinfeld reunion, starring the sitcom characters we loved a decade ago. Watch it and you’ll be so swept up in nostalgia, you’ll immediately (a) download a Seinfeld theme-song ring tone, (b) start barging through doors in a slippery fashion, and (c) begin cruising the rough streets of West Palm Beach, searching for a scalper with tickets to tonight’s Jerry Seinfeld standup performance (tickets are sold out, so expect to drop a pretty penny). Should you score without being arrested, awesome! The show is at the Kravis Center (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Should you get arrested, consider it an homage to the Seinfeld finale. Visit kravis.org for details.
Fri., Oct. 23, 2009

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Jamie Laughlin