During the Improvised Life’s recent extended technology fail, Editor-at-Large David Saltman insisted I watch Jerry Seinfeld’s interview of Barack Obama in the latest episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. NOT just to take my mind off my troubles but to put them in perspective when I was asking the big Whys? and What ifs?
Saltman, a seasoned journalist, says it’s the best interview of a President he’s ever seen because they really talk, about everything, from where Obama can walk around in his underwear to this very essential question…
EDITOR’S NOTE: We’d selected the perfect clip from the 19 minute interview but it and access via YouTube has been disabled. If you want to see the actual clip you have to watch the whole interview —including ad; you can’t just jump to the spot we love— at Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (It’s worth it. The Best minute for us starts at about 14:50-16:10.
In the best clip, Obama asks Seinfeld the same question Seinfeld had asked him earlier: how he keeps his humanity/sanity/ego in check in a sea of phonies, madmen and bloodsuckers. “You seem pretty normal. How did you calibrate dealing with this? ”
Seinfeld answers, “It was because I fell in love with the work. And the work was joyful and difficult and interesting, and that was my focus”.
THAT was the reality check Saltman wanted me to see!
Work on Improvised Life IS joyful and difficult and interesting and deeply rewarding largely because of its committed creative, generous, curious, awesome community, many of whom who reached out to help me navigate the crisis, and share the joyful, difficult and interesting work THEY do. It’s quite a saga that I’ll start reporting soon (recuperation needed).