Jerry Seinfeld says he saved every good joke he's ever written

The actor said he is returning to his comedy roots in his new Netflix special.
6:01 | 10/05/17

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So many kids in the audience weren't even born when "Seinfeld" went off the air. It's been 20 years. Can you believe that? But the man behind it has never stopped performing the stand-up he loves and Jerry seinfeld is now stars in a new Netflix special called "Jerry before seinfeld." We met up at one of his most meaningful Manhattan spots. You live in the city you tell people, people ask you where do you live. We live in the city. You don't live on the city. That city, New York, of course. Seinfeld city. His classic show was set here. Yada yada'd over the best part. Shot at the comedy club where he launched his career. Are you kidding me? ??? Reporter: When we got together to talk -- Hi, George. Jerry, what's happening. How are you? I wasn't expecting this but you know, it works. He picked a classic piece of new York, a bench in central park. I feel like there should be a plaque on this bench. Maybe someday. It could be right here because tell us about this bench. Okay, so when I was 21 years old and I had left my parents' house, I got an apartment on 81st and Columbus which was the address we always used on the TV series for my apartment. I sat here with my parents and I said, I'm going to be a comedian. Was it hard? To tell them that? Yeah. Not really. They knew I wasn't northal. I actually have not sat here since the other time I sat here when I sat with my managers George Shapiro and Howard west and we decided that this was the right time to end the TV series. You haven't been on this bench 3ince. No, I actually have not. So this is the two most biggest things I think I have -- digs that I've made not counting the personal life, of course. You always have to mention that. Right. It's all okay, Jessica. Yeah, I remember sitting here and just -- on both those occasions, honestly, George, I'm going to tell you the truth. Other than those two times I have never sat on this bench. In the '70s we were the new hot thing, stand-up comics doing his thing. Here in the special you went back to your original stand-up routines. Uh-huh. It is it true you had to relearn some of the jokes. All of them. I was surprised too. Like I don't know, this little joke in there about the cotton balls. I go to the doctor before he gives you the shot puts the alcohol on your arm with a cotton ball. I bring one of mine. He goes for his. I go, maybe you could use this one. That was always a great laugh. I couldn't find the funny. Why was it funny? It was a certain timing and like a move with your hand and there's a look on your face. All those things have to be there or it doesn't work. It's not just what's on the paper. No, no, that's 2% of it. 98% is the way you do it. So I could read one of your jokes and -- Probably not going to work. No. As the title says the special takes us back to Jerry's beginning long before the megasuccess of "Seinfeld." Would I have been funnier if I grew up in Peoria in a whorehouse raised by prostitutes? Absolutely but this is what I had to work with. You could not have imagined the life this became. No. No way. No way. You know, I know how Columbus felt. We're going to go to India and get some spice, some nice fabrics. It's a bigger thing. You must have known something. One of the most amazing things in the special, we see all of the yellow pads. You've saved every successful joke. George, what else did I have? I don't know. Nothing. A couple people have asked why did you save it? What else would you save? What else -- I don't have jewels. I don't have nice clothes, but the material. The hardest thing in all of entertainment is to write stand-up comedy. It is harder than anything else. So tell us how it happens. You have an office. So I still do the same exact thing. You sit down, put the pad out. Same thing, same pad, same pen. Bic pen. Clear barrel bic, blue. Just wait? And just wait. I don't just wait because I have things I want to talk about, like I want to talk about when you're texting the three ghosty dots. Why are we so anxious. Before the phone rang it went, ra. Ra. After the biggest sitcom ever why a Netflix special now? So I liked the experience of it. This whole thing is brand-new. Brand-new kind of experience. Worldwide on Tuesday, Taiwan, Hong Kong. Romania, they're watching it. Where was the biggest right here, right? Here. Hong Kong in eastern Europe Taiwan, India. Have you ever done India? No but I'm going to. I'm going to. And they've had my series for years there. It's hugely popular there and all bootleg. Not making a dime there. Not a dime so that's going to change. I'm going to go over there and get it. He's so funny. So funny. And the special is really something because I mean he even says it a couple of types of the he's a relatively private guy but he goes and shows everybody his house, people he grew up. The making of "Seinfeld." The making of $75 million. Every time he's on that everyone go, it's something special. You were in on this one. I got some of that India money. I still want to hear you read one of his jokes. You can see the special, Jerry before seinfeld right now on netfl

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