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Jerry Seinfeld Did Six Minutes of Stand-Up About *69 and Cialis Last Night

The Set

Jerry Seinfeld was on "Letterman" last night, where he performed stand-up comedy material that almost seemed based on a dare or personal challenge in its lack of cultural relevance. A full minute on the (now-defunct? Who even knows!) '90s land-line feature that was *69? Really? (Kids: that was the sequence of characters you would push on your phone to find out who last called you.)

And while the Cialis ad observations about why anyone would find it romantic to lug a bunch of warm water into two claw-footed bathtubs on the beach and then sit in them and watch the sunset is truly funny, it's something everyone thought of years ago (and pretty much every comedian has stopped performing, for that reason).

Jerry Seinfeld is still a master performer, as evidenced by the laughs he got from the audience, and I enjoyed his set despite the arcane references (especially the "I'llll get it!" joke). Maybe the best way to view this puzzling incident is as concrete evidence that Seinfeld, unlike many comedians of his level of fame, definitely isn't having anyone else write his material for him.

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