Jerry Seinfeld Review - At The Rosemont Theatre

When the king of comedy comes to a theater a few minutes from your home there are two things you can do.  You can 1) prostrate yourself to the floor a la Wayne and Garth style and chant “we’re not worthy” or 2) drag your butt over to the Rosemont Theatre.  I chose the latter, but after watching Jerry Seinfeld on stage for over an hour I strongly considered the former.  The comedian still got it.  And by it, I mean the uncanny ability to mine this cyber loving, Facebook adding, energy drink consuming, smart phone living culture of ours for some serious laughs.  Jerry also takes aim at the more constant things in life like the great divide between man and woman, single and married, and generational parenting styles.  The early Friday evening crowd ate it all up so much that sometimes I had trouble hearing a punch line over their laughter.  

Jerry Seinfeld

 

Unlike professional athletes, it makes perfect sense that a comedian entering his sixth decade would still be at the top of his game.  Jerry still has the energy and is not above flopping to the floor to sell a joke.  But he also has some serious hard earned confidence which allows him to take a few chances a younger comedian might not.  An emerging comedian could learn a lot just in the way Seinfeld paces himself with the occasional water break.

Given his large loving family and his big bank account, I am not exactly sure how Seinfeld found himself in Rosemont (Chicago’s equivalent of the Borsht Belt).  He clearly does not need the work.  The answer may lie in an underappreciated and under viewed documentary called Comedian (2002).  In it a very accomplished Seinfeld (flush from his amazing television run) flies around the country on a private jet in order to build up a comedy routine up from scratch.  In between the laughs, we also catch glimpses of Jerry stumbling, and occasionally seeming a bit lost on stage.  We never, however, see him questioning why he is starting over with something most people feel he mastered so completely.  I think people quit cigarettes easier than Jerry could ever quit comedy.  That is why Jerry is the king of laughs and I for one am happy to be his subject.

Also quite funny and of a similar cast was opening act Tom Papa.  Like Jerry, Papa focuses quite a bit of his act on the mundane such as a dead on bit comparing Whole Foods with Costco.  At thirty minutes he left me wanting more.

 

 

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