'Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill' Review: A snarky, ridiculously funny comedy from our favorite 'old guy'
Jerry Seinfeld is our old guy. An indifferent, snarky, ridiculously funny comedian who has been making us laugh for over 40 years now. We saw him last in his semi-fictionalized version in the beloved sitcom 'Seinfeld' as a single guy, and since then, a lot has changed for him. He has navigated through life, somehow.
Married for 21 years, he has become a father, and guess what? He even plays golf now. But, at his core, he is the same quick-witted and riotous man who never fails at attacking his audience with bitter truths about the daily, natural obstacles of life.
Teasing our brains with trivial activities of life that are too relatable, he dishes out jokes on the agony of the postal service, the ecstasy of being in your sixties, eating habits, and meeting habits that never change.
He is back with a bunch of bones to pick and somehow, that's what makes his jokes so hard-hitting. As the hour-long comedy special begins, he pinpoints at how we keep moving from place to place, with a wish to be nowhere and everywhere, all at the same time.
Well, it's true, isn't it? The audience can only affirm this with unabashed laughter.
He makes unlikely and likely jokes about phones, Uber, and buffets. "The phones keep getting smarter. Why don't we?" he says and spills a giggle all around.
And for the good, old, but redundant postal service, he has a message: "Open letters, read them and email us what it says!" He knows how to get a bright sunshine smile on your face and that's what makes him a genius at comedy.
Sometimes, the jokes are new and funny but the subject is stale. But that’s him. He derives humor from social awkwardness and day-to-day quirks.
But at the end of it, when you look at the clock hand has turned 30 degrees, it feels like his special comedy is a lot like, "It's probably a lot like I've already seen," something he himself jokes about.
No, don't get us wrong. The show was engrossing, deep-thinking, and had an indifferent bird-view. But, it's just something we are getting a lot these days.
He remains the tent-pole of comedy. His delivery and comic timing are just as you imagined it to be. No wonder, it makes him Jerry Seinfeld. His jokes are dark and crafty, with a slight tinge of passion.
He brings back the old marriage jokes, women's overemotional acts and men's avoidance strategies. Of course, it did cheer us up even if it was a little repetitive.
What's worth noticing is how comfortably he slips into his age. In the second half, Seinfeld elaborates on how it feels to be in his sixties, and that bit touches one too many chords.
Jerry has a safe spot, a sweet corner in our hearts and that makes us say: Get set to watch the laugh a minute comedy act. Featuring a spectacular arrival to the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the hour-long show brings Seinfeld’s sharp angles on everyday life. 'Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill' premieres on Netflix this May 5.