There was a time when Jerry Seinfeld was the king of the world. He could do no wrong, made gobs of money, drew the unadulterated love of millions and … then vanished.
In an interview with Showtime’s new series “Inside Comedy,” Jerry said being the king of comedy wasn’t actually all that great.
“There’s nothing better for a comedian than being penned in, closed off, shut out, not welcome, that’s nutrition,” he said. “That’s what you want as a comedian. Acceptance is a very dangerous thing for a comedian. Stand-up is a loud desperation.
“I left L.A. [after the sitcom’s end] and I tried to break back into the middle ... and that’s made me feel comfortable,” he said. “To be honest with you, I never felt great being at that pinacle. There was a point where the show was really at a very high level of, it was a thing. It was the thing for a period of time. And I thought, this is not good, because it’s not where I belong. This is not comedy. I always thought comedy and star are mutually exclusive.”