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Jerry Seinfeld Did Stand-Up On The Tonight Show And Crushed It

Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show has somewhat gotten away from traditional late night segments, preferring recurring games and sketches much of the time. However, last night The Tonight Show returned to its stand-up roots, giving the stage up to comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Check out the hilarious stand-up routine, below.

Seinfeld popped in to Jimmy Fallon’s late night show to talk about the IRS, as well as plenty of gift giving. He says he’s the kind of guy who prefers to throw things out than to hold on to material goods. And when he explains why, it makes a whole lot of sense.

"All things on Earth only exist in different stages of becoming garbage. Your home is a garbage processing center where you buy new things, bring them into your house and slowly crapify them over time… this is your life.”

So, what do we as humans do with these gifts? We take them out to the garage, where they are stored in perpetuity until our next garage or Ebay sale. As Seinfeld aptly puts it:

“No object has ever made it out to the garage and back.”

It’s a good thing Seinfeld’s a comedian, because all of this gloom and doom talk surrounding the things we purchase this close to the holidays is kind-of depressing. Luckily, he has the wit to make the segment pretty amusing, as well as thought-provoking. The five minutes he is onstage are a far cry from the “Ew!” sketches, the lip sync battles, and the lip flip segments that the late night host usually engages in with his guests on the show. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with those goofy and fun sketches, but it’s nice to see him shake things up and bring in a comedian who is willing to do something a little more outside-the-box, here.

Jerry Seinfeld’s been around forever, and lately he’s been busy with his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Fallon has also appeared on that series, making The Tonight Show stint even more fitting. Later on in the episode, Jerry Seinfeld even mentions to Fallon that his appearance on Comedians in Cars broke the record for the longest episode the show has ever produced.

You can catch new episodes of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET.

Jessica Rawden

Amazing Race & Top Chef superfan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.