If you didn't already consider Jerry Seinfeld a comedic mastermind, then his 75-minute set at Toronto's Sony Centre was more than enough to change any apprehensions you might have had. Although just by looking at the capacity crowd on Friday night, it was clear not a single person in the building could deny that Jerry is nothing less than genius.
After filling up on Seinfeld show-themed snacks at the concession, which included Junior Mints and black-and-white cookies, the crowd was warmed up by longtime Seinfeld collaborator Mark Schiff. The Bronx native fared pretty well, especially in front of 3000 people dying to see the headliner.
Jerry took the stage at exactly 10 p.m. and didn't waste a second, jumping right into his hilarious observational deconstructions about life's simplest nuances. Everything from hearing the word "tickets" too often on the day of a show, or how everyone overuses the word "great," Jerry totally reinforced the notion that he has mastered the "funny-because-it's-true" formula.
He didn't forget to make a specific shout out to Toronto, calling it "a wonderful place for a comedic individual," which of course got a roaring response from the crowd. But what hit even harder was his inquiry as to why people need copious amounts of coffee during the day, claiming "Canada has Second Cup, which means they know you've already had one before getting there."
Jerry is truly at his best when pondering the world's most miniscule endeavours. His analysis of psychological meltdowns during a buffet, the invention of Pop-Tarts and even the archaism of our postal service immediately induces hysterical laughing that nearly shook the building.
Turning 63 this year, Jerry Seinfeld clearly hasn't lost any of his comedic dexterity. In fact, he delivers with the same demeanour he has since his nights on Johnny Carson. His observations remain spot on, his timing is impeccable and above all else, he proves that great comedy is timeless.