The year 1989 and American Television was changed forever. This was the time Seinfeld was telecast and it changed the way the world looks at its television sets! Seinfeld’s legacy is such that one of the most popular sitcoms to have ever landed on TV, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, was initially mocked as a Seinfeld Wannabe in its reviews – for it mostly relied on unused scripts from the latter. Seinfeld’s effects were staggering and Jerry Seinfeld eventually ended up being the richest actor on Earth! The fact that its series finale was the fourth most watched regular series finale in US TV history validates its success beyond doubt.
The reasons Seinfeld worked so well with the viewers are many. Most prominently it is a show about a stand-up comedian in New York, played by Jerry Seinfeld as a fictionalized version of himself, working his way through the entertainment industry, his self-mocking ability, incredible vicinity to reality and real life incidents – which all resulted in a series that still, after almost 25 years, feels relatable and relevant. They themselves projected “The Show About Nothing” as an internal joke throughout its fourth season which settles that Jerry Seinfeld was way ahead of his time.
In India as well, Seinfeld has found its own niche among TV fans – and one of the things we contemplate as to why be India unable to bring Sitcoms to its TV platform? Barring Sumit Sambhal Lega (an official remake of Everybody Loves Raymond, which somehow couldn’t manage to please the audiences), we do not have much to look up to.
This is why we have to look for our very own Jerry Seinfeld – in Kapil Sharma!
No, this is not a comparison of any sorts. But a sheer hope and an effort of finding a resemblance between the two will do no harm to anyone. Both started their careers as stand-up comedians and forayed gradually into the territory of Television. While Seinfeld, even after 16 years of ending Seinfeld, still performs standup, Kapil too has created his own empire through Comedy Nights with Kapil and currently with The Kapil Sharma Show.
Jerry Seinfeld brilliantly used his own experiences with his neighbors, friends, colleagues, and standup comedy and created a beautiful mess of a Sitcom that is Seinfeld. Kapil Sharma though is too deep into an already humongous domain created by himself, can and should still experience with this genre. We are dying to know how a struggling theatre artist got caught up in the funny world. The way he pierced his way through in The Great India Laughter Challenge and turned himself from a winner to a host and ultimately a champion through CNWK, we for sure know he has the chops to push his limits and challenge himself in doing something new.
With the Kapil Sharma Show garnering lower TV Ratings than expected and Shekhar Suman almost lost the plot, maybe it is time for the team to try something fresh and a Sitcom might just be the next thing on their cards!