How to Write a Joke, By Jerry Seinfeld

If you’re an aspiring comedian, or simply appreciate a well-crafted joke, this video from a New York Times Magazine interview with Jerry Seinfeld is a must-watch. The comedy legend explains how it took him two years to write a brief series of jokes about Pop Tarts, how the joke is formed and why it’s funny. Spending two years to write a joke about Pop Tarts may seem kind of insane, but as Seinfeld points out, that’s all part of the joke. “It’s a long time to spend on something that means absolutely nothing. But that’s what I do. That’s what people want me to do … is spend a lot of time wastefully, so that I can waste their time” …

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