From his beginnings on the New York comedy club circuit in the late 1970s, to his regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the 1980s, to his meteoric success with Seinfeld in the '90s, Jerry Seinfeld is easily the most successful, if not necessarily the greatest, comedian of all time. With an estimated fortune of $800 million, he's also the world's wealthiest actor, which means he could spend the rest of his life lounging around his $32 million Hamptons mansion.
Instead, the comedian has kept busy by doing new stand-up routines (some of it captured in the 2002 documentary Comedian), taping a series of American Express commercials, making appearances on Seinfeld co-creator Larry David's HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, and, in 2012, launching his own internet series, the aptly-named Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, fifth season of which premieres this fall.
In preparation for his stand-up special tomorrow night at Jones Hall, we decided to assemble a series of clips spanning Seinfeld's entire career, from his first Superman bit in a New York comedy club to his appearance earlier this year on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon—the first comedian to appear in the Fallon era, appropriately enough given Seinfeld's history with Johnny Carson. How well does the comedy hold up? Is Jerry still the master of his domain? Decide for yourself with these 10 greatest hits, and feel free to post your own favorite bits in the comments section.
Jerry's first Superman bit (1979)
First Appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (1982)
"Publisher's Clearinghouse," The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (1991)
"The Baby Shower," Seinfeld (1991)
"The Outing," Seinfeld (1993)
"The Puffy Shirt," Seinfeld (1993)
"The Chicken Roaster," Seinfeld (1996)
"The Serenity Now," Seinfeld (1997)
Jerry on Curb Your Enthusiasm (2009)
First comedian on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (2014)