Stand-up comedy is a genre that has produced a number of superstars over the years, but few have ever experienced the longevity of Jerry Seinfeld. Staying consistently active as a performer since the 1980s, he has clearly performed in front of a variety of different crowds over the years. However, he may have officially met his match, because Netflix has released a short video of him performing in front of House of Cards' Frank and Claire Underwood, and they are clearly not having any of it. Check out the video below to see for yourself.
If you have ever watched a single Jerry Seinfeld stand-up bit, you should pretty much immediately know what to expect. His "what's the deal?" shtick remains alive and well, and we still love it to this day. Taking a delightfully awkward approach to the stand-up format in the Oval Office, the quick clip shows the comedian (and sitcom giant) performing some of his typical bits for the decidedly uninterested Frank and Claire Underwood. After all, Frank is not much of a laugher; he does not have time for such trivial matters (make sure to read that last part in his charming southern accent).
As funny as this video is, it's not simply a one-off crossover between Seinfeld and House of Cards (although we would absolutely love that). The video also serves to promote Jerry Seinfeld's brand new Netflix comedy special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, which recently debuted on the streaming service. Unlike many specials of a similar ilk, Jerry Before Seinfeld is drenched in nostalgia, as it sees the comedian return to the club that provided him with his big break in the 1970s, and sees him combine new bits with some of his more well-known and beloved material.
Another thing worth noting about this social media post is the fact that it does not come from the main Netflix account; it was posted on the "Netflix is a Joke" account. The streaming giant has made a huge push to invest in stand-up comedy content over the course of the last year or so, and it has started establishing entire social channels specifically geared towards specials for comedy giants like Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, and Amy Schumer. Stand-up has handily turned into a very notable genre that Netflix is thriving with (its success has even forced traditional networks like Comedy Central to rethink how they approach the comedy style), and the blending of someone like Jerry Seinfeld with the Underwoods just shows how big it has become.
Jerry Before Seinfeld is now available to stream on Netflix. Looking ahead at the rest of the TV content set to debut this fall -- whether it is Stranger Things Season 2, The Walking Dead Season 8, or Arrow Season 6 -- take a look at our fall TV premiere guide to keep yourself updated on all of the most highly anticipated fall TV premieres!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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