Copiously hand-annotated biography sheet from 1989—the year Seinfeld’s sitcom debuted
Hand-corrected typed biography sheet, two pages, 8.5 x 11, Jonas public relations letterhead, no date but circa September 1989, signed and inscribed in the upper left corner in blue ballpoint, “Lori, This should do it. Love, Jerry.” A draft for a biography sheet, entitled “Jerry Seinfeld, A Biography,” extensively hand-edited and corrected by Seinfeld, who adds numerous corrections within the text, margins, and reverse side of first page. In part [Seinfeld’s additions in bold]: “’I’m a hookless act. I have absolutely no hook. There’s nothing physically odd about me, no screaming or profanity, no props, nothing ethnic, no strange clothes—and my name isn’t catchy either. If I don’t have the jokes, I’m dead’…With an intelligent and subtle style, Jerry Seinfeld has gone against the trend of stand-up comedians who favor style over substance. Instead, Seinfeld has chosen to concentrate on his material, and by using that deceptively simple approach to comedy has quietly become one of America’s top salaried night club performers…Seinfeld’s universal appeal led to his first TV special, ‘Jerry Seinfeld’s Stand-Up Confidential,’ seen on HBO in 1987-88. Early this year he created his own NBC Special ‘The Seinfeld Chronicles,’ ‘Chronicles’ was particularly satisfying for Seinfeld because it allowed him to act out his own life as a stand-up comedian in a sitcom format.” Seinfeld then hand writes on the reverse of the first page: “The critical and popular success of the single episode prompted NBC to order four more episodes set to air in Spring off 1990 as a series of prime time comedy specials.” In the following paragraph, Seinfeld details his experience on Carson and Letter man: “Of Seinfeld, David Letterman has said he’s easily one of the best stand-up comedians working today. In all, Seinfeld has made over 50 appearances on the Carson and Letterman shows alone.”
As the biography goes on, Seinfeld adds some insights into his origins as a comedian: “I knew I was going to be a comedian very early in life. I remember one time I made a friend laugh so hard that he sprayed a mouthful of cookies and milk all over me and I liked it. That was the beginning.” In fine condition, with light horizontal folds and trivial staple holes to upper left corners. Accompanied by Seinfeld’s itinerary for the week of September 20-25, 1989, and two publicity photos.
Echoing his eponymously titled ‘show about nothing,’ this fantastic, hand-edited biography was written less than three months after Seinfeld piloted on July 5, 1989. Originally premiering as The Seinfeld Chronicles, the show was abbreviated to the famous surname after a successful four-show trial following Cheers on Thursday nights. Offering insight into Seinfeld’s tireless touring effort as an up-and-coming comedian, and his subsequent success and appearances on late shows with David Letterman and Johnny Carson, these copiously annotated pages predate the development of a show that would become one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.