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Bears repeating

Jerry Seinfeld describes (for the New York Times) the trauma that prompted him, when returning to stand-up comedy, to build his new act from scratch:

"I'll tell you how this started," [Seinfeld] says. "I was working Boston or someplace. Adam Sandler was opening for me. It was 1993 or so, and I started to do this bit and someone out in the audience went, 'Heard it!' It was like someone throwing a spear in the balcony and it went right through my chest. Because you're presenting your material like it's all fresh and new and clever, and here's this guy going, 'Heard it!' That was a moment of such intense pain. Just to avoid that ever happening again, I went through all of this."

September 15, 2002 11:25 AM

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