WBEZ | Jerry Seinfeld http://www.wbez.org/tags/jerry-seinfeld Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en My Job My Self http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-02/my-job-my-self-105686 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jerry seinfeld 2_0.jpg" style="float: right; height: 308px; width: 300px;" title="(wikigazett/flickr)" />Jerry Seinfeld is a comic giant. His TV show, <em>Seinfeld</em>, ruled the air waves for nine years, and achieved cult like status in the American pantheon of popular culture. Seinfeld lives in a posh Manhattan penthouse with a view of Central Park. He has three kids, a wife who is a best-selling cook book author, a fleet of cars, and more money in the bank than he could spend in ten lifetimes.</p><p>And yet, at 58, an age when many comics loose their edge and begin to think about retiring, Seinfeld goes to his office early everyday and works at writing jokes. Moreover, in a recent interview in the <em>New York Times Magazine</em>, Seinfeld revealed that since 2000 he has done, on average, two stand-up shows a week. Some of these shows are in front of 14 to 20 people at a local Manhattan or Long Island club, some to 3000 people at a Midwest casino, and recently he performed for 20,000 in London.</p><p>So, the obvious question is&mdash; why is he still working? Why this need to perform? Well, the answer can be found in the words of another performer and comic from my youth, Jimmy Durante (1893-1980). During an engagement in Las Vegas, at the age of 85, Durante was asked why he continued to do his act at his advanced age. His rationale and answer was the same one, I think, that applies to Seinfeld: &nbsp;&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t need the money, I need the work!&rdquo;</p><p>By his own admission, Seinfeld has been doing comedy since he was in third grade. And, he&rsquo;s very quick to point out that he &quot;plans to do stand-up into my 80s and beyond.&rdquo; He considers himself a stand-up comic above all else. Yes, he says he loves his family and friends, but when he can&rsquo;t perform - for even a week - he says &ldquo;I completely lose who I am and what I do for a living.&rdquo;</p><p>For Seinfeld creating jokes, telling jokes is an antidote to the trials and tribulations of life. Jokes, says Seinfeld, are a gift and a necessary medicine.</p><p>&ldquo;People&hellip;tell jokes by the score because what else are you going to do to maintain [your] sanity?&rdquo; Being a &ldquo;stand-up is part of Seinfeld&rsquo;s hard wiring.&rdquo; In fact, it is not just part of who he is, it&rsquo;s his very identity! Being a stand-up comic, says Seinfeld, is &ldquo;my best way of functioning&rdquo; and my &ldquo;favorite type of intimate relationship.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-02/my-job-my-self-105686 Daily Rehearsal: Chicago Fringe Festival picks new director http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-05/daily-rehearsal-chicago-fringe-festival-picks-new-director-96968 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/chicago fringe.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Bob Bullen is spreading his influence</strong></span></span> far and wide in Chicago theater; his first piece for the Huffington Post covers<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-bullen/chicago-theater-donuts_b_1307592.html"> three recommendations</a> from the past month in theater.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Chicago Opera Theater's&nbsp;38th&nbsp;Anniversary Gala</strong></span></span>: A Celebration Less Ordinary&nbsp;is Saturday March 11. They'll be honoring&nbsp;General Director Brian Dickie, hand out the first&nbsp;Brian Dickie Outstanding Young Singer Award. The whole thing will be hosted and feature performances by Sylvia McNair.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-05/chicago fringe.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; width: 600px; height: 448px;" title=""></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The Chicago Fringe Festival</strong></span></span> has named Vincent Lacey as Executive Director; he replaces&nbsp;Sarah Mikayla Brown, "who will transition into a new logistical role with the Festival, focusing on patron and artist relations." Lacey was formerly Managing Director of the festival, which takes place August 30 to September 9 in Pilsen.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. "Anyone who doesn’t like Jerry Seinfeld</strong></span></span> is an a**hole," <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15151466/seinfeld-at-the-akoo-theatre-comedy-review">writes Jenna Marotta for <em>TimeOut </em></a>following Seinfeld's run at the Akoo Theatre. Well then!</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. You (may have) voted </strong></span></span>for the <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-fourth-walsh/2012/02/2011-honor-winners/">first annual 2011 Honor Awards</a>. Now the results are in, but <em>El Nogalar </em>at the Goodman and <em>Hamlet </em>from&nbsp;<strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 23px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">&nbsp;</strong>DreamLogic Theatreworks&nbsp;were&nbsp;(as far as my bleary eyes can count) the only two shows to rack up more than one award.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 19:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-05/daily-rehearsal-chicago-fringe-festival-picks-new-director-96968