Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 70; Despite his incredible Career, he Admits to “Darkening Moods”

For most people, reaching 70 years old is a significant milestone. Not Jerry Seinfeld, who on Monday won the big 7-0. He really has no desire to celebrate anything at all.

During an interview on “Today with Hoda and Jenna” last week, he told Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb about his birthday, saying, “I don’t really have any interest in it.” “You know what it is? It’s ‘Boy, I could really live with a lot less stuff.’ Things, people, activities. I’m not doing nothing anymore. We’re going to essentialize now. I like to essentialize, I like to purify, I like to streamline. This is where life gets better, not adding more. Add less.”


Throughout his nearly 50-year career, the stand-up comedian’s deliberate and carefree approach to life’s daily victories and setbacks has brought him immense success and worldwide fame.

But despite all of his successes, the New York City native—who will be directing the next Netflix movie “Unfrosted”—recently said that he frequently struggles with a “darkening mood.”

Seinfeld recently stated, “I just don’t feel good, regardless of the circumstance,” on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger.” “I just don’t feel well sometimes. And for me, working is the best way to escape it. The best remedy is to work. For some reason, you feel like you’re not wasting time, which is why I work so much.”

“I began to understand that this predisposition to get depressed was something I would never want to lose if it meant losing the accompanying creative gift. It’s included in it. Most likely, the brain is overactive. I wouldn’t classify it as true depression. I’m not sure what the term for that is… The atmosphere grows gloomy. My mood is getting gloomier. And I’m ready to leave,” he murmured.

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Seinfeld has certainly kept himself busy, from his critically praised blockbuster TV sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (for which he had twenty Emmy nominations) to Comedy Central’s designation of him as the 12th best stand-up comedian of all time. He’s still not convinced, though.

Rather, he prefers to block out the outer world and focus his energies on improving himself, which is what matters most in life.

He informed Bensinger, “Everything that you’re worried about is going to be gone like that.” “You and the individuals who are criticising you will both eventually go. It’s a waste of time and energy to worry so much about “how people regard me” and “someone said something terrible about me,” and to get so worked up over it.”

“The Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius asserts that improving at what you do should be your primary goal. Concentrate on the task at hand. Improve your skills in what you’re doing,” he said. “There’s no point in wasting time on anything else. So in roughly a month, I’ll release this movie. I can’t wait to read the negative reviews.”

With the exception of the odd “darkening mood,” Seinfeld, who has been married to Jessica for almost 25 years, and has three adult children, is generally happy with his life and himself.

He said to Jimmy Fallon, “I’m a very happy person hating everything throughout my entire life,” when he appeared on “The Tonight Show” in March.

“I detest it. I continue to go because, really, what’s the difference between doing something I don’t like and not liking anything at all? It’s hard on my wife, too,” he continued. “When I’m having a rough day, she becomes agitated. Not in my case. I was certain it would be awful. I do enjoy complaining, so that’s what I’m going to do after. I enjoy that. I adore whining.”

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Even though he doesn’t celebrate birthdays, reaching 70 is nevertheless a significant life milestone.

In a 1993 “Seinfeld” episode, the comedian himself said: “Birthdays are just a reminder of how quickly time passes and how little we’ve changed. We know it’s not going to be, no matter how much we want to believe that one day, when the candles on the cake flicker, a better version of ourselves will show up. That this is who we will always be, no matter how miserable, hopeless, or depressing our lives are. Unavoidably, irreversibly… Greetings on your birthday? No such thing.”

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