Sitcom Superstardom Was ‘Uncomfortable,’ Seinfeld Says

by | January 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM | TV News

David Steinberg (left) and Jerry Seinfeld on Showtime's "Inside Comedy" (Photos: Showtime)

Jerry Seinfeld says he never really felt “comfortable” back in the years when his NBC sitcom was TV’s most popular show and he stood at the pinnacle of the comedy pecking order.

Seinfeld brought up the subject in an interview on the topic of comedy with another comedy great — director David Steinberg, a former standup himself who’s hosting another one of his self-styled interview programs in which he sits down with a prominent comedian and the two discuss the essence of comedy.

Steinberg’s new series is called “Inside Comedy,” and the first half-hour episode premieres this Thursday (Jan. 26) at 11/10c on Showtime with Steinberg conducting separate interviews with Seinfeld and Don Rickles.

“To be honest with you, I never felt great being, you know, at that pinnacle,” Seinfeld discloses, though he doesn’t complain either about his success with “Seinfeld,” which has made him one of the wealthiest entertainers in America if not on the planet Earth. “There was a point where the show was really at a very high level of, you know, it was a thing, it was the thing for a period of time and I just thought, This is not good. You know, this is not where I belong . . . I mean, I felt like this is not comedy. I always thought that ‘comedy’ and ‘star’ are mutually exclusive. There’s no ‘comedy star’ — you’re either a star or you’re a comic!”

Jerry’s comments came as the two were talking about the “outsider” status of the typical comedian.

You can watch the exchange here:

Steinberg did a series like this once before — “Sitdown Comedy with David Steinberg,” seen on TV Land back in 2005-06. Seinfeld was one of his guests on the previous show as well.

The new “Inside Comedy” premieres Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11/10c on Showtime.

Watch an “Inside Comedy” preview clip right here:
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