Jerry Seinfeld: I May Be Autistic (VIDEO)
Jerry Seinfeld believes he may have a form of autism. The star made the revelation during an “NBC Nightly News” interview with Brian Williams as the new season of “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” gets underway. During a discussion of his compulsion to keep performing comedy, Seinfeld opened up about some of the personality traits he’s only recently noticed.
“I think, on a very drawn out scale, I think I’m on the spectrum,” Seinfeld said of his autistic tendencies. Asked to elaborate on what he’s noticed about his behavior that made him suspect he could be on the spectrum, Seinfeld explained, “[I’m] never paying attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, I don’t know what they’re saying.”
Seinfeld was quick to add, “But I don’t see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset.” The comedy icon’s self-diagnosis aside, he realizes that part of the reason he keeps doing standup despite his wealth and fame is because other comedians are “the only kind of people that I feel completely relaxed around.” Check out the video of Seinfeld’s interview below, and tell us what you think.