Jerry Seinfeld—perhaps inspired by Seinfeld character Jackie Chiles’ original web series on Funny Or Die (which received the comedian’s blessing)—has launched his own web series coinciding with the 30th anniversary of his first national broadcast appearance.
The series, Jerry Seinfeld Personal Archives, features daily clips from Seinfeld’s 30 years of stand-up performances and appearances on television. Each day features three new clips selected by Seinfeld himself. The catch? They are only available for 24 hours before they are replaced by three new clips.
Personal Archives spans Seinfeld’s entire standup career starting from the ’70s, and includes appearances on talks shows hosted by Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Letterman and Jay Leno, and his classic stand-up performances from Seinfeld.
When I was ten years old, I started watching stand up comedians on TV. I fell in love with them and I’m just as fascinated with stand up comedy today. When I started doing TV, I saved every appearance on every show I did. I thought it might be fun to go through all of it and pick out three bits each day that still amuse me for some reason or another. I’ve also included stuff I’m doing now, and I’ll be adding new stuff as I go. Somewhere out there are ten year olds just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit. This is for them. I’m just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.
To kick off the series today, Seinfeld presented three bits: “The Fattest Man In The World,” a clip from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1981 (his first appearance), “Do The Horses Know They’re Racing?” from the 1998 HBO Special I’m Telling You for the Last Time, and “No Room In The Newspaper” from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1990.