Jerry Seinfeld Explains Comedy to Today’s Hypersensitive Audience: ‘Jokes Are Not Real’

Professional funnyman and sitcom star is no fan of political correctness, especially when it comes to making people laugh

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Jerry Seinfeld famously does not do shows at colleges because students are too sensitive today.

He’s never been a fan of political correctness.

In an interview he gave to The New York Times, Seinfeld continued to blast today’s PC culture and even touched on the controversial firings of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and comedian Roseanne Barr.

“Jokes are not real. People assume that when you say something that you believe it. It’s purely comedic invention. You know, I do this whole bit about Pop-Tarts and how much I love them. I don’t love Pop-Tarts. It’s just funny. It’s funny to say it, so I say it,” Seinfeld responded after being asked about political correctness in comedy.

The comedian was then asked if he’d read the controversial tweets of the recently fired Gunn, who joked about pedophilia years ago.

“I didn’t read the jokes, but if they’re jokes, it doesn’t matter,” said Seinfeld.

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He then referenced Roseanne Barr’s firing.

“I guess Roseanne Barr thought she was being funny, but it wasn’t funny — and if it’s offensive and not funny, then it’s not a joke. But any comedian that doesn’t understand that dynamic — you’re finished anyway,” he said.

“That to me is hell. That’s my definition of hell.”

Seinfeld himself stays away from making jokes on Twitter (which is what got both Gunn and Barr fired) and mainly uses it for self-promotion. He then revealed he is no fan of the platform.

“It’s a horrible performing interface. I can’t think of a worse one. I always think about people that write books,” the comedian said. “What a horrible feeling it must be to have poured your soul into a book over a number of years and somebody comes up to you and goes, ‘I loved your book,’ and they walk away, and you have no idea what worked and what didn’t. That to me is hell. That’s my definition of hell.”

Check out Seinfeld talking more about political correctness and modern comedy below:

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