Why Jerry Seinfeld Doesn't Believe He Could Make the Same Jokes on “Seinfeld” Today: 'P.C. Crap'

"This is the result of the extreme left and P.C. crap, and people worrying so much about offending other people," Seinfeld of comedy's evolution

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Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld doesn't think some of his old jokes would fly in today's world.

The Seinfeld alum, 70, got candid about how the current political climate has staunched the creative process for many comedians in television. The actor told The New Yorker that he doesn't believe he would be able to crack the same jokes that made his iconic NBC comedy famous today.

"Nothing really affects comedy. People always need it. They need it so badly and they don’t get it," Seinfeld said, explaining that "most people" would go home at the end of the day to watch comedy on television. "You just expected, There’ll be some funny stuff we can watch on TV tonight. Well, guess what — where is it? This is the result of the extreme left and P.C. crap, and people worrying so much about offending other people."

<p>NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty</p> Jerry Seinfeld on 'Seinfeld'

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Jerry Seinfeld on 'Seinfeld'

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Seinfeld said that the public has now flocked to standup comics "because we are not policed by anyone."

"The audience polices us," he added. "We know when we’re off track. We know instantly and we adjust to it instantly. But when you write a script and it goes into four or five different hands, committees, groups— 'Here’s our thought about this joke.' Well, that’s the end of your comedy."

When asked if he believed the same applied to his Seinfeld co-creator Larry David and his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, he claimed that "Larry was grandfathered in."

<p>JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan via Getty</p> (L) Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld

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(L) Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld

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"He’s old enough so that — 'I don’t have to observe those rules, because I started before you made those rules,'" he continued.

As an example, the comedian recalled an episode of Seinfeld with a storyline that might not fly today, saying, "We did an episode of the series in the nineties where Kramer decides to start a business of having homeless people pull rickshaws because, as he says, 'They’re outside anyway.' Do you think I could get that episode on the air today?"

"We would write a different joke with Kramer and the rickshaw today. We wouldn’t do that joke. We’d come up with another joke," he added.

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"How do we do this now?" Seinfeld said of the future of comedy. "Do we take the heat, or just not be funny? And what they’ve decided to be is, 'Well, we’re not going to do comedies anymore.' There were no sitcoms picked up on the fall season of all four networks. Not one. No new sitcoms."

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