Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Director: Joe DeMaio
Writer: Jerry Seinfeld
Star: Jerry Seinfeld
The Gist: A few months after the Seinfeld finale aired on NBC in 1998, the sitcom star performed a live stand-up special on HBO, I’m Telling You for the Last Time. (It’s worth noting that you can currently stream this special on Netflix, too.) 23 Hours to Kill marks his first “new” special in 22 years, even though it’s his second special for Netflix; 2017’s Jerry Before Seinfeld found the comedian revisiting his “oldest” jokes and material before he became a household name in primetime, and sharing stories, home movies, and archival footage of his young late nights in comedy.
So what’s in this hour, then? An hour of carefully crafted bits and greatest hits from his past 22 years of touring, filmed last fall at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, where he has performed a monthly residency for most of the past four years, only halted this spring by the coronavirus pandemic.
What Comedy Specials Will It Remind You Of?: What’s the deal with Seinfeld? He’s like every other observational comedian the United States has produced over the past 40 years, but more successful than any of them. Even if David Brenner or Andy Rooney probably wondered “what’s the deal with” a lot earlier and more often than Seinfeld ever has onstage. Not that there’s anything wrong with still thinking of Seinfeld in this way.
Memorable Jokes: So here’s the deal with Seinfeld. For the past two decades, he has performed in NYC comedy clubs, on the road in clubs and theaters, and on late-night TV shows, and if you’ve seen him at any point along the way, then you’ll likely remember at least one joke he tells in this new special in 2020.
The documentary Comedian, which followed Seinfeld as he started going back onstage with nothing in 2000 to build a new hour of material for a 2001 tour, includes his musing to a comedy club audience why anyone would still need to audibly instruct voice-mail callers about the beep in the 21st century, with the same phrasing mostly intact all these years later. Similarly, his humblebrag now, “I could be anywhere in the world right now!” also made the two-decade leap, although this time he’s raking in Netflix money to say it; in Comedian, he merely worked that weekend at the Cleveland Improv.
Seinfeld’s nostalgic takedown of Pop-Tarts, for which he broke down his writing process for the bit back in 2012? It’s still in there!