Jerry Seinfeld is returning to the stage in a new Netflix comedy special, “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” set to premiere on Sept. 19. And the streaming service has released the first trailer.
The special sees the comedian return to The Comic Strip, where he performed back in the early days of his career. The Comic Strip is the oldest comedy showcase club in New York City and it’s tiny to boot. So, unlike other comedy specials that feature performers in front of large crowds, this one is way more intimate.
“Jerry Before Seinfeld” is a hybrid comedy special and documentary that looks back on Seinfeld’s life before comedy and, as the title suggests, before NBC’s “Seinfeld” became one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. In the trailer, scenes of Seinfeld at the comedy club performing some of his earliest jokes are interspersed with shots of his childhood home and other home movies.
Wiewers will get the observational comedy that Seinfeld is known for, but also stories about his childhood and his life as a comic in the 1970s.
Netflix says the special will showcase never-before-seen material, including every legal pad with a joke on it that Seinfeld has kept since 1975.
Netflix has usurped HBO as a home for stand-up in recent years. It became the home for Chappelle, releasing two of his highly anticipated television specials, and will house Ellen DeGeneres’ first stand-up special in 15 years. The service also recently announced that it’s bringing back “Def Comedy Jam” for its 25th anniversary.
Watch the full trailer for “Jerry Before Seinfeld” above.