Monday, February 22, 2016

The Pivotal Moment When Comedian Jerry Seinfeld Realized He Could Make a Living Doing Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld thinks back on the pivotal moment when he realized he could make a living being a comedian and handed in his resignation at Brew Burger.

I would make about $14 to $17 a day, which I could live on. And then I got a job emceeing at the Comic Strip on Second Avenue and 81st, and that paid $25. Then I got two nights — that made it $50, so then I had $50 a week, and I thought, I think I can live on $50 a week. I handed in my apron — I remember the moment so clearly. It was a red apron, and I gave it to the guy across the bar, and I knew this was the greatest moment of my life. I knew that I would never again not be telling jokes to make money.

Featured image: Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Comic Strip Live. Taken from the documentary "Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip" (2014).

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