“Well, birthdays are merely symbolic of how another year has gone by and how little we’ve grown. No matter how desperate we are that someday a better self will emerge, with each flicker of the candles on the cake, we know it’s not to be, that for the rest of our sad, wretched pathetic lives, this is who we are to the bitter end. Inevitably, irrevocably; happy birthday? No such thing.”
Such were the delightfully sardonic words of the ever-caustic and hysterically cynical Jerome Allen Seinfeld – comedian, actor, writer and producer. But, let us throw caution to the wind and go ahead and wish Jerry Seinfeld a very happy birthday!
Born in 1954, in Brooklyn, New York, the funny man celebrates his 61st today. Having made people fall off their chairs for years on end, Jerry has gone as far as saying he wishes to breathe his last, "standing-up".
The man whose last name is no less than an institution, owing to the eponymous show that was watched and adored by many, always knew that comedy was his calling.
The show, Seinfeld, remains one of the most popular shows on television. Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, it ran from 1989 to 1998 and is often described as ‘The show about nothing’, by fans. The moniker caught on due to a joke that was made on the show itself. However, a little known fact is that the original pitch that David and Seinfeld made to NBC described the sitcom as a show about how a comedian gets his material from every day, mundane experience.
It has been rightly called “the greatest show of all time”, having won 10 Emmys and three Golden Globe awards. Jerry also wrote a best-selling book on humor – Seinlanguage, which was a compilation of the ‘Seinfelian’ code-words and recurring phrases.
On his birthday let’s have a laugh by taking a look at some of his funniest quips!
The Best Man
“I was the best man at the wedding. If I’m the best man, why is she marrying him?”
For the Love of Bad Gifts
“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door."
On Bad Advertising
“Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn’t your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash.”
Jerry, the Treehugger
“Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions, they’re killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? ‘Sweetheart, let’s make up. Have this deceased squirrel.”
“If I want a long boring story with no point to it, I have my life.”
Finally, on Aging
“You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, "See if you can blow this out."
Here’s hoping for many more candles!