Some people may consider Jerry Seinfeld one of the most popular comedians of our time. Some may also consider Jerry Seinfeld one of the most unfunny, popular comedians of our time. But chances are, he doesn’t care either way. What else doesn’t Seinfeld care about? Being politically correct when it comes to the lack of diversity in comedy. Who needs it? If you’re funny, you’re funny is what Seinfeld seems to think.
In a recent sit-down with BuzzFeed Brews with CBS This Morning, Seinfeld said it is “anti-comedy” to approach the genre like it’s “the census.” Seinfeld was asked why he featured so many white men in his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and seemed to become irritated at the question.
“It really pisses me off,” he said. “People think [comedy] is the census or something, it’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares?”
“Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested,” he said. “I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.”
When it comes to having a diverse cast on his self-titled show, we all know that definitely didn’t happen. But Seinfeld has always given props to comics like Pryor, who he called “the Picasso of our profession,”and even Bill Cosby and called himself “not that funny” by comparison.
On one hand, I completely get what he’s saying. I grew up watching stand-up comedy and my tastes varied from Eddie Murphy to George Carlin. Pryor to Andrew Dice Clay. To me, funny didn’t have a skin color or gender and it still doesn’t.
But not everyone agrees with Seinfeld. Gawker writer, Kyle Chayka, took Seinfeld’s statements one step further and said, “He seems to suggest that any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny”.
Clutchettes, what do you think about Seinfeld’s comments?