Great article and video in the Times about Jerry Seinfeld and the creative process. The video is worth the time, but this little bit sums much of it up. Continuous work and continuous reworking until everything is insanely great.
Perhaps he’s the Steve Jobs of the Comedy world.
For Seinfeld, whose worth Forbes estimated in 2010 to be $800 million, his touring regimen is a function not of financial necessity but rather of borderline monomania — a creative itch he can’t scratch. “I like money,” he says, “but it’s never been about the money.” Seinfeld will nurse a single joke for years, amending, abridging and reworking it incrementally, to get the thing just so. “It’s similar to calligraphy or samurai,” he says. “I want to make cricket cages. You know those Japanese cricket cages? Tiny, with the doors? That’s it for me: solitude and precision, refining a tiny thing for the sake of it.”
Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up | via NYTimes.com