The acclaimed comic first began performing after graduating from university in 1976, a decision he told The Guardian was motivated by a desire to stand out from his peers.
Seinfeld said: "I thought everyone was funny in the beginning. Then, in my early 20s, everybody started to get very serious, so I decided I would rather hang around with the people who still just wanted to be funny."
He added that he has a wide-ranging taste in humour, saying: "I love Chris Rock, Jerry Lewis and Bill Cosby. The great thing about comedy is that you don't really have to think about it, you just go, 'I like this guy, I don't like this guy' and it's all fine."
Seinfeld recently described his upcoming June 3 gig at London's O2 arena as a "big marking point" in his evolution as a stand-up comedian.
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Watch Jerry Seinfeld's comedy routine on a 2010 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman below: