Jerry Seinfeld On How to Write a Joke

Inside Jerry Seinfeld’s writing process – The Pop Tart!

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Jerry Seinfeld explains his joke writing process, using one specific joke about a pop tart as an example of how his jokes begin and evolve over time. He said that he’s been working on this one joke for two years!

A lot of great writing tips in here, even for those of us who aren’t necessarily humor writers.

I love the tip about being specific in your writing–that’s something I’ve been trying to do more of myself. For instance, the line that he uses about “the back of my head blowing off” instead of just saying, “my head blew off.” Or something like that.


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2 responses to “Jerry Seinfeld On How to Write a Joke

  1. I LOVED this article – it was in the Times magazine a few weeks ago – and added it to my file of “how to write” essays. It’s so good. Thank you, Tessa.

    • I loved it too! I also read a great article on him (possibly in the NYT) about how he goes out several times a week to do stand up in really small clubs to test out his jokes. Then he goes back and rewrites again. It’s a part of his perfecting his form.

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