I went to Jerry Seinfeld's live show Thursday night at Ovens Auditorium, and it was fantastic. The Observer's Theoden Janes does a fine job with an overall review of the 85-minute show here, but I thought I'd point out a couple of sports-related jokes Seinfeld made in this blog.
First of all, Seinfeld is no big fan of either golf or NASCAR. He had a funny bit on golf where he said it was the ultimate "avoidance" act by a father, that "golf" should really stand for "Get Out, Leave Family." (Seinfeld claims that fathers have only two real instincts compared to the many a mother has -- one is to shout "Daddy's home" and expect much bowing when they arrive home each day, and the other is to figure out ways to avoid the family shortly after getting back).
Seinfeld said his friends keep telling him he should play golf because it's a "challenging" game, which Seinfeld said wasn't a good enough reason to play anything.
"Challenging?" he said. "It would also be challenging to try to throw a Tic Tac from 100 yards into a shoebox. But that doesn't mean I want to do it, or that I want to stand around with the Tic Tac pro and discuss whether I should throw an orange or a wintergreen."
As for NASCAR, the sport wasn't part of Seinfeld's regular routine. But for his encore, Seinfeld took a few questions from the audience. (On one, a man asked the comedian if his three children were all from the "same woman" -- his wife for 12 years. "Yes," Seinfeld said. "Is that not the tradition around here?")
The racing question, screamed from the audience, was: "Do you like NASCAR?"
Seinfeld heard it and paused. "Hmm," he said. "A little bit." Another long pause. "I like it more when I'm here [in Charlotte]."
You could almost see Seinfeld trying to think of something nice to say about the sport without being dishonest. He finally came up with: "I like the guy who does the backflips after he wins a race [Carl Edwards]. I like the burnouts they do when the race is over. And... well.... that's about it."