Jerry Seinfeld says he would 'fix some things' in 'Seinfeld' if he had a time machine

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Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t believe in regretful thinking or wishing you could change the past. 

But given that, he would still like to go back and amend some “Seinfeld” episodes. Seinfeld spoke to reporters during a press conference Wednesday promoting the Netflix debut of his comedy series on the streaming platform.

“There’s a number of them that I would love another crack at, but I don’t really believe philosophically in changing or even thinking about the past,” Seinfeld admitted but he wouldn’t divulge which episodes specifically. 

“It’s just my philosophy of life,” he added. “It just happened the way it happened and we’re going to go from here and that’s the best way to live. I think regret is a philosophical position that I disagree with. That kind of assumes you could have changed the past but if you forced me or and you gave me a time machine, yeah, there’s a few where I would fix some things.” 

Seinfeld was also firm in his stance about never watching the iconic sitcom despite its popularity. “I don’t watch the show,” he said. “How often have you pulled out your high school yearbook?”

The stand-up comedian, 67, spoke about how comedy can often be a hard medium to work in.

Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer.
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“It’s just hard to be funny,” Seinfeld told reporters. “Everybody kind of thinks they’re funny or wants to be funny, but even the people that are great at being funny aren’t funny a lot of the time because it’s just a tricky, subtle thing that evokes that response of laughter [from an audience].”

“It’s just hard [to get right] but it’s worth it,” he added. “Whenever you see a comedian, what you’re seeing is the stuff that every audience before you liked. And that’s why it’s still in the show because most of the stuff does not work.”

The cast of the Emmy-winning ‘Seinfeld’ show pose with the Emmys they won. From left to right: Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander.
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Seinfeld and his friend Larry David created “Seinfeld” over 30 years ago. It debuted on NBC on July 5, 1989, and now fans can stream all 180 episodes of the beloved series on Oct. 1. 

Dubbed the “show about nothing,” “Seinfeld” follows four friends living in Manhattan. The sitcom was nominated for 68 Emmys, won 10, and is widely regarded as one of the best comedies made to date.

“I remember I was in a cab one time and the cab driver said to me, ‘Why did you stop doing that show? It was very successful.’ And I and I said to him, well, I was at a point we had done it for nine years and I realized I could go off the air right now and the show could be a legend. I could be a legend of the sitcom world or I could make some more money. I could risk that to make some more money. I said, what would you do? He said, ‘I’d go for legend.’ I said, Yeah, that’s what I thought. So we went for a legend,” Seinfeld said regarding rumors of getting the cast back together for a reboot or reunion episode. 

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