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I've been a comedy fan for all my adult life. I've seen so many different styles of comedians that I feel like I'm an expert in detecting a comedian who is consistently funny. From the early days of comedy (Jack Benny, for instance) to today's headliners, nobody has reached the comedic level of Jerry Seinfeld. By virtually any measurement, he is the most successful comedian who ever lived. The Seinfeld stand up comedy story is an interesting one. Jerome Allen Seinfeld was born in April of 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Kalman Seinfeld, was of Galician Jewish background and owned a sign-making company. His mother, Betty, is of Syrian Jewish descent. Seinfeld developed a serious interest in stand-up comedy in his college years, although he was considered the class clown all the way through school. After graduating from Queens College, he found himself at an open-mic night at New York City's Catch a Rising Star. Fortunately for Jerry, he was noticed by the reigning king of comedy at the time, Rodney Dangerfield (another favorite comic of mine). Rodney had Jerry perform on one of his HBO specials, which started his ascent to eventual stardom. In 1979, he had a very small recurring role on the Benson sitcom as "Frankie", a mail delivery boy who had comedy routines that no one wanted to hear. Oddly enough he was fired from the show due to creative differences. It's hard to comprehend today that anyone would fire Seinfeld from a TV show, but it actually happened. And it wasn't handled very well. Nobody bothered to tell him he had been fired until he turned up for an episode read-through session and found that there was no script for him. Of course Jerry was able to overcome this setback, and went on in 1981 to a highly successful appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The Seinfeld stand up comedy act had really impressed Carson, which led to regular Tonight Show appearances over the next several years. By the end of the decade he and his pal, Larry David started development on a ground-breaking sitcom called the The Seinfeld Chronicles. Later the name would change to the moniker that we all recognize today: "Seinfeld". They did this to avoid confusion with the short-lived teen sitcom called The Marshall Chronicles. By its fourth season, "Seinfeld" had become the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. The Seinfeld stand up comedy machine had truly found its mark. The final episode aired in 1998, and the show has maintained its popularity with syndicated re-runs ever since.

Jerry's post-sitcom career has continued to flourish, with regular appearances in Las Vegas, and in large comedy venues around the country. His focus has been live, standup comedy as opposed to venturing into films as many of his contemporaries have done (Tim Allen and Ray Romano, for example). 2010 has witnessed another milestone in the career of Jerry Seinfeld. He has introduced a new television series that will also prove to be breaking new ground. Jerry is the master of pushing the comedy envelope, and his latest TV effort is yet another example. It's called the Marriage Ref, and stars Tom Papa, Natalie Morales, and of course Jerry himself. The premise involves real-life couples currently engaged in a conflict (and aren't we all?). There is a three member panel made up of various celebrities who are showed both sides of the argument. These celebrities then discuss the merits of each participant and vote on their choice of the winner. The initial reviews of the show were almost universally negative, with many bordering on nasty. Nevertheless, The Marriage Ref was renewed by NBC for another year. It'll be interesting to see if Jerry can work his magic on this show, and I guess I wouldn't bet against him. After all, "Seinfeld" was a slow starter in its first year, but was able to evolve into a ratings powerhouse in the ensuing years. Hopefully The Marriage Ref can do the same. If you ask me, if anybody can turn around a ratings disaster, its Jerry Seinfeld.

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