Howard asked Jerry about some of his classic stand-up routines, and Jerry explained how he worked them out.
-Early in Jerry's stand up career, he was in a taxi and came up with the idea of a joke about the often unpronounceable names of cab drivers. The premise he worked out was:
How could I report him to the authorities if I wanted to? His name is Amal and then the symbol for… Jerry knew that the name of an element would be funny here. He looked at the Periodic Table and decided on "Boron."
-The bit nearest to Jerry's heart seems to be his classic rant on Pop Tarts. He knew there was something about them that was funny, but he couldn't find it right away. Eventually he stumbled onto "They're never stale because they were never fresh." He was so consumed by Pop Tarts for a time that even thought about making a Pop Tart movie.
-The proud airplane pilot bragging about every move he makes over the PA system: Jerry says he heard it a lot, and it would annoy him. He then turned it into a bit where he knocked on the cockpit door and reported everything the passengers were doing to the pilot. According to Jerry, the only thing a passenger should be aware of is that the pilot got them to the place on the ticket.
Jerry never stops trying to think of material, which Howard thinks keeps him disconnected from whatever is actually going on. Once in a Chinese restaurant, the utensils got Jerry wondering why the Chinese still use chopsticks. They've seen the fork, why stick with the chopstick? It's like a farmer digging a hole with a broomstick instead of a shovel.
Jerry admitted that every moment of his existence, 24 hours a day, he's trying to come up with new material. "I wonder about everything." Howard in turn wondered if Jerry ever yearns for the day when he can just go to a Chinese restaurants and not spend time trying to find material from it.
Jerry's response? "I'd rather put a bullet in my mouth" than stop looking for the humor in things.
More musings with Jerry:
* Jerry thinks Jerry Lewis is the king, and a genius of comedy. As for his remarks about women not being funny, Seinfeld said "He's an old man. Old people say crazy things."
* Howard has always hated Johnny Carson's famous treatment of comedians. He'd watch your set and, if he liked you, he'd invite you to sit on the couch, which became the Holy Grail for a comic in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Jerry however thinks it's a good system. He got the "okay" sign from Carson after his first appearance, and was invited to sit down around the fourth or fifth.
* Jerry hopes to be doing stand up to the bitter end, like George Burns.
* Was this Jerry's first appearance in studio with Howard? No one denies that Jerry has called into the show many times, but both Gary and Howard are adamant Jerry has been in studio back in the 1990's, while Jerry isn't so sure. Yesterday Jerry tweeted that he was excited to make his 'first ever in-studio appearance' with Howard.
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