Jerry Seinfeld Claims Howard Stern Is Now Comedically 'Outflanked'

Seinfeld explores the evolving dynamics of comedy and media.

by Nouman Rasool
Jerry Seinfeld Claims Howard Stern Is Now Comedically 'Outflanked'
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In a candid new episode of the "Fly on the Wall" podcast with hosts Dana Carvey and David Spade, comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld shared his unfiltered views on the state of comedy podcasting, notably critiquing how veteran radio personality Howard Stern has been surpassed by newer talents in the comedic arena.

Seinfeld, currently promoting his directorial debut "Unfrosted," didn't hold back in discussing the evolution of comedy media, crediting Stern with pioneering the format but suggesting it has since been perfected by others.

“Howard is a great interviewer, but when it comes to pure comedy, candidly speaking, he's been outflanked,” Seinfeld remarked, highlighting the synergy and smooth banter of Carvey and Spade on their show as superior in comedic delivery.

While Spade readily agreed, Carvey interjected humorously, showcasing the very chemistry Seinfeld praised. The discussion then shifted to the broader landscape of comedy podcasts, a domain that Seinfeld admits has exploded beyond expectations.

"Who knew there was a market for comedians just being themselves offstage?" he questioned, somewhat baffled yet intrigued by the medium's rise.

Comedy Over Confession

Further elaborating on his preferences, Seinfeld expressed his disdain for podcasts that dive too deeply into personal issues at the expense of humor.

“People tune in to laugh, not to delve into deep personal narratives. It’s simple: be funny, or you lose the audience,” he stated emphatically, underscoring his philosophy that comedy should entertain first and foremost.

Last week, Seinfeld also opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the challenges and freedoms of directing "Unfrosted" under a generous Netflix budget. "The limitless options available can be paralyzing," he said, speaking to the creative pressures that result from having the resources to do nearly anything.

He felt that should the script be worked on by another director, he would lose the integrity of the script he wrote. "All directing is: is making sure the joke works," concluded Seinfeld, revealing his approach to filmmaking and his evolution from comedian to director.

This insight into current projects by Seinfeld and his take on the changing world of comedy podcasts gives the viewer a very fascinating journey into the mind of one of the most powerful figures in comedy as he navigates new dynamics in entertainment and media.