Jerry Seinfeld in Quebec City – Was it Great or did it Suck?

Jerry Seinfeld in Quebec City – Was it Great or did it Suck?

Jerry Seinfeld – Some Guy Who had a Show in the 90s in a Hockey Arena

By Jason Enlow

So, I went to see Jerry Seinfeld last night. I had a seat that cost what someone in the Kyrgyzstan Republic or India makes in about a month, needless to say, I wanted my money’s worth! But I had to ask myself, just how does someone calculate getting your money’s worth?

At a buffet, it usually means eating until you feel mildly nauseous. If I apply this rationale, Seinfeld’s show should have lasted long enough for me to run out screaming, “I can’t take this anymore! This is insanity! I’m going to blow chunks…” Fortunately, this didn’t happen.

Seinfeld was on-stage for an hour and there were two opening acts before him. Well he’s 60 now, and his 1998 show, I’m Telling You for the Last time runs 69:20 on YouTube. Anyway, when was the last time you talked non-stop for an hour, gesticulating wildly and even rolling around on the floor? Trust me, it’s very taxing. Anyway, I was getting a headache from laughing so much, something I was afraid wouldn’t happen (the laughing, not the headache).

I was sitting three seats from front stage. It was bizarre to see the guy who, as he put it, had a show in the 90s,  here in a Quebec City hockey arena making everyone laugh and doing it all in English. I guess comedy doesn’t have a language barrier. Olivier Martineau was the opening act.  Opening for Seinfeld has got to be tough (I wouldn’t mind adding that to my LinkedIn profile) and maybe I didn’t get all of his jokes because they were in French. The second comedian, Mario Joyner, did a good job of getting the crowd ready. (He said that he loved Quebec City, but he wondered where we had hidden all the black people.)

And then it was time for Seinfeld. He was a little older – just like the rest of us, but still full of energy. I could almost touch him and I did have the urge to yell something out, but didn’t, thanks to security. I was sitting so close that when he looked my way I couldn’t help feeling that we knew each other. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching him and his neurotic New York friends, we all did. I remember working at Global Television and looking forward to the Thursday night master control shift because Seinfeld was on. Who would have thought that a show about nothing would strike such a chord with so many viewers, it was Must-See TV.

A comedian is like a preacher, except that the sermon is on the absurdities of life A good comedian will allow you to laugh with him, at him, at yourself and at society. That’s what Seinfeld did, and pretty well judging by the spontaneous outbursts of applause and the guy a few seats down from me who almost killed himself laughing. He was doubled over so long, I started going over the steps for CPR in my head, just in case he lost consciousness.

There is a dark side to Seinfeld’s humour, an unfortunate side effect; you might start seeing your life as one big stand up routine.

Walking back  to my car after the show, I had to cross a busy intersection. I pushed the pedestrian cross button and  proceeded to wait. Women have given birth in less time than it takes some lights in Quebec City to change. People started crossing against the light, but I had already committed to the little white man and flashing orange hand. I stood there, waiting for my investment to pay off. Then I started to hear it in my head:

“C’mon Jerry, let’s cross!”
“What is it with these lights? Do they think we have nothing better to do?”
“I’m not crossing. You want to cross, so cross. Am I stopping you?”
“We’re going to be late … I hate being late … I’m telling you Jerry, I can’t be late. It’s gonna kill me!”
“Alright already, so let’s cross … there, are you happy now?”

As Seinfeld said, everything either sucks or it’s great these days. I thought the show was great.

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Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.

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