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Is This Anything?

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The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy.

Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happene
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Simon Schuster
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Dianne Winter It's basically every joke he's ever written that he thought was any good. So yes you'll hear jokes from his stand-up and from the tv show, but also jo…moreIt's basically every joke he's ever written that he thought was any good. So yes you'll hear jokes from his stand-up and from the tv show, but also jokes that never made it to the stage. (less)

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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy
Well the answer to the question in the title “Is This Anything” is YES, this is much more than anything!

The introduction by Seinfeld is a glimpse into how it all started. Jerry first watched comedy on The Ed Sullivan show and wondered, “How are they able to talk like that? I was so mystified and fascinated by them. But I never, ever imagined I could be one of them. They were like astronauts or Olympic athletes to me.”

Later in 1974 he saw the movie “Lenny” with Dustin Hoffman about the life of L
Kristen Beverly
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was exactly the book that I needed to read right now! When I was growing up, there was a period of time when Seinfeld was ALWAYS on the tv at my house. I remember us setting the table for dinner and eating dinner to the sounds of Jerry’s jokes and my dad laughing. Is This Anything starts off with a few pages about how Jerry got into comedy and then is literally just 440+ pages of his notes of jokes and bits from the last few decades. One of the best parts about Jerry’s comedy is the timing ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it

When comedians write new bits, they ask each other, 'Is This Anything?' Jerry Seinfeld has a long career of writing 'anythings' and compiles some of his best humor in this book. The following are examples of his work.


My next door neighbor just got a pet monkey. Now there's a lot of different animals you can get if you want a pet. But I would say once you find yourself at the monkey level, just have a kid. You're so close. It's one more little step. When you need a pet that can roller skate
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
With 2020 coming to a close, we all need some laughs. This one delivers. This is a collection of some of Jerry's bits spanning several decades in chronological order starting with the 70s. Honestly, those early pieces are VERY short in length and aren't that great, so the book starts off a bit slow. But as his jokes move forward in time they do get better, even though some of them didn't age well. A joke written in the 80s about the TSA not screening well isn't quite as funny to listen to now, i ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this anything? Well no, it's a book about nothing.

But as Seinfeld has demonstrated for years, nothing can be pretty darn funny. And, ultimately, this collection of his favorite jokes gave me more than a few chuckles. The material is not new, so the older bits feel pretty stale. Getting weapons past lazy TSA agents? Some things that landed in the '80s just don't resonate anymore. As he moves along to newer material though... now we're talking... and laughing.

I listened to this on audio, whic
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved every monologue: the sets from the 1980s and 1990s, many of which would appear in the TV series, were like Proustian madeleines. Also, reading 20 or 25 pages of this after reading a chapter or two in a tense novel was the perfect way to settle in before sleep. This is a great holiday book.
Renégade ♥
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 to 4 1/2 stars

We had some good laughs on this comedic journey...

But... you float - FEH Fluff - GamePress Community

(My hubs rated it 4 stars and I rated it a bit higher.)



Stand by Me

I saw that movie Stand by Me.
Good movie.
But I don't remember having friends like that when I was 12 years old.
Where they put their hand on your shoulder,
"You know god has given you a special talent."
I remember a kid would put his hand on my shoulder
so he could push me off the sidewalk into the bushes.
"You know, god has given you a face for the bu
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, audiobooks
This was a fun audiobook, although I had to take breaks from listening to it because it's a lot of the same thing. It's basically Jerry the writer reading all of the bits that Jerry the comedian has performed over the years. So it feels like a 6-hour comedy special, but without an audience, without any laughs, and without the hyper energy of a live performance. But it's still Jerry's material, and it's still funny.

My favorite parts of the book were the short essays that Jerry wrote about his lif
I will confess I don’t always love Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up. I love, love, love the TV show and have enjoyed Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. But when it comes to stand-up he’s not my favorite. I enjoyed this book but didn’t love it. And I think while I usually write long reviews, there’s not much point here. You know if Seinfeld’s stuff is for you or not.

It is worth saying, that while as many have already noted, this is collection of decades worth of bits and if you’re a fan you’ve likely he
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it

If you need to escape, I recommend listening to Jerry Seinfeld read his latest book, Is this Anything, on audio. The book contains Seinfeld's stand-up bits from the 1970s to the present, interspersed with short humorous passages on his life as a stand-up comic. His routines range from hysterically funny to mildly amusing and focus on everyday life's absurdities in the US.

Six+ hours of jokes are a lot of jokes, and there is a reason that stand-up concerts, even by the top comics, rarely last
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The answer to the question posed in the title of Jerry Seinfeld’s new book “Is This Anything?” is a resounding yes. They say laughter is the best medicine and with all the horrific things that have happened this year, we all need some of that medicine. Usually when I read a book that is advertised as comedy I experience some internal chuckles but “Is This Anything?” is one of those very rare books that made me lough out loud and call people to share some of my favorite monologue bits. While I fo ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
Seinfeld's best material from the past five decades copy and pasted into a book. If you've watched his TV show or his stand-up specials then you've heard a lot of this before. It's still entertaining, and there were some great bits that were new to me. The audiobook is great because Seinfeld narrates it himself, so you're hearing the material as it was meant to be delivered, as if he was on stage. ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
The first book by a comedian I ever purchased as a kid was "Sein Language." I was obsessed with Jerry and his show and I wanted to be a comedian when I grew up. When I was dating my future wife, she surprised me with tickets to see Jerry perform when he was on tour back in the early 00's. (That's how I knew she was a keeper). Needless to say, I was very excited about this book. "Is This Anything?" is pretty straightforward: Jerry takes his favorite bits from the five decades he's done comedy (70 ...more
Dan Schwent
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas-2020
Is This Anything? is a collection of Jerry Seinfeld's jokes, from way back in the seventies through the post-apocalyptic train wreck that is 2020.

Seinfeld was my favorite TV show for years, from when it was originally on until my dad and I watched back to back episodes on TBS and quoted most of them to my mom's chagrin. I saw the Comedian documentary film in the theater and even drove to Nashville from St. Louis to see Seinfeld on tour in the early part of this century. My brother and I used to
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was an early fan of jerry seinfeld. I saw him perform at a chicago “funny bone” or “zanies” or some such in 1986. I’ve always appreciated his brand of humor. Even though much of what’s in this book was familiar to me, it still made me laugh. And i couldn’t put it down any more than i could walk out of his standup show. I was compelled to keep reading the bits. My electronic ARC didn’t contain many pictures, just one of jerry at the beginning of each decade (‘80s-‘10s), but i hope the finished ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is something, that's for sure. This new release is 480 pages packed full of classic Jerry Seinfeld, organized by decade. I find it amazing that his clean comedy bits still hit the mark -- even the stuff from the 70's. I was not a fan back then, but many of those bits were used in the series. My husband and I would record each show on our VCR back then. Now we can watch reruns on cable. I could watch the dance montage from the last show on repeat. Here's the link for you: ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
First and foremost just know that this book is a collection of Jerry's standups over his career. It's much better in audiobook format so that you can hear him telling the jokes instead of reading them in a book.

Even though the TV show Seinfeld is technically about nothing, it's still pretty funny! And so is Jerry's standups.

I feel like this book was like an express stand up show haha only the best parts one right after the other. And it's organized by subject which makes it easy to go into the
Oct 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
I love Seinfeld but this book was a snoozefest of 15 second bits and old material
Paul Lockman
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Nice way to start the year with a few laughs. Jerry Seinfeld has kept scrap notes of his comic material for all of the 45 years of his career and the result is this book. It’s spilt into chapters of each decade - the Seventies, the Eighties, the Nineties, the Double 0’s, the Teens. I have to say I was a little surprised with the format of the book being basically his scrap notes reproduced, and they’re all double spaced, which sure pans or pads the book out to over 400 pages.

I suppose
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
I highly recommend the audiobook, but take it in small doses or it may get on your nerves. Sometimes even a small dose may bug you. Why are you so irritable? Probably your shitty diet with no fiber.

Don't be intimidated by the huge page count because this isn't exactly the War and Peace of observational humor. The words must be really far apart to make it to 480 pages.

Read this review which is better than mine, or at least the one I wrote for this Leftbanker guy:
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I have always liked Seinfeld's stand-up. This book includes most, if not all, the material from his earlier book but also has plenty of new things (including coronavirus jokes which was a surprise). Everything here did not necessarily hit for me but there were enough good bits that had me laughing out loud to make the read worthwhile. ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a collection of Jerry Seinfeld's material from years past. Some of this I've heard before, some I haven't. I like him. I loved his show. He seems like such an all around nice guy. I'd love to see a new show because I'd watch that.

I listened to the audio. I'm glad Jerry did his own narration of his material, but the little title introductions before each and every tiny segment was off-putting. So 3 stars.
Michael Emond
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Was this what I expected? Nope. But I enjoyed it anyway.
I was expecting a little more insight into Jerry's history of being a stand up comedian - what I got was a collection of his stand up material over his entire career. It was silly of me to expect Jerry to write about his life because his TV show, his stand up, his everything is about protecting his privacy. That isn't a complaint - I completely respect and understand his feelings of "my personal life is personal - I am not sharing that wit
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy, audiobooks
"The Four Levels of Comedy: Make your friends laugh, Make strangers laugh, Get paid to make strangers laugh, and Make people talk like you because it's so much fun”

As one of the biggest fans of Jerry Seinfeld, his stand-ups and 90s TV show that I’ve watched at least a thousand times, I can safely say that I feel cozy and warm reading his latest book.
Seinfeld’s unique observations and sense of humor is my recipe of joy and this book is time machine taking me back to 1990s, the golden years of TV.
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, humor
I read a report about an earthquake where local officials trying to explain the damage said,
"The earthquake wasn't that bad. It's just that buildings weren't designed to withstand earthquakes."
Would you accept an explanation like that in a courtroom?
"Your Honor, my client didn't murder this man.
"His body simply wasn't designed to withstand bullets."

Jerry Seinfeld has always been a master at pointing out the silliness in our daily lives, and so for fans of either his iconic show or his before-or-
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, non-fiction, humor
Is This Anything is a collection of Jerry Seinfeld’s best material in the five decades that he’s been performing stand-up. The book is separated into five eras: 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and teens.

I’m not shocking anyone when I say that Jerry Seinfeld is one of my favorite comedians to watch. I’m sure he’s on many top five lists out there. So when it was announced that I could own a physical record of his best and most famous material, I was looking forward to getting my hands on it.

I’m not going to li
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it

Audiobook version for sure. Read by Jerry. Really just a compilation of his jokes organized by decades with some brief intros. Toward the beginning the joke after joke after joke was a little annoying. But it picked up steam as the jokes became more current and I found myself laughing aloud time after time after time. Hilarious.
chantel nouseforaname
I listened to the audiobook of Is This Anything on Scribd and checked out the physical book afterwards just to see its few images, the acknowledgements, etc.

Jerry Seinfeld is my favourite comedian, hands down. I've loved Seinfeld forever and have said for years that Seinfeld is my favourite show, as problematic as so much of it was. He's my problematic fave and I just love love love Seinfeld's style of observatory humour. This book was a hilarious time capsule going over a series of jokes and p
John Scheck
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
I would feel completely ungrateful for giving this a bad rating, not that this is a mercy review. I’m just saying, it’s Jerry Seinfeld, so a little respect, please.

I had to stop what I was doing (and reading) when I came across this in audio format. I don’t understand why the chapters are announced by a woman doing an English accent, another example of how Americans suffer from a terrible inferiority complex when it comes to our accent compared to the British variety, at least the educated Londo
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jerry Seinfeld's yellow legal pad notes of all his jokes and bits sorted by decade. What a neat book! I ended up not being able to read this at night while my husband was trying to sleep because I kept laughing out loud and saying, "Listen to this one." Seinfeld is clearly the real deal when it comes to comics. Even though I've never seen his stand up or watched the show, this book is still hilarious and worth the time. ...more
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