Show Business: Very Jerry Seinfeld

For Seinfeld the Comedian, Stand-Up Is Deadly Serious Business

You might ask why a man who helped create one of the most successful sitcoms in TV history, who dropped $35 million for his weekend house, a man with a lovely wife, a baby daughter and a garage full of Porsches, would leave his glamorous Manhattan aerie every Friday night to go tell jokes in smoky clubs in Erie, Pa., or West Orange, N.J., to tipsy people whose slightly belligerent attitude is, Make me laugh.

"Because it's pure," says Jerry Seinfeld, who reacts as though he doesn't quite understand the question. And, he adds, because "it's hard." And, ultimately, he...

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