Jerry Seinfeld Wants to Save Your Marriage
Lucy Kaylin: This is a pretty big topic you're taking on.
Jerry Seinfeld: I feel like Jacques Cousteau, frankly. I feel like the first person to explore the ocean. And we're just gonna go out and search and—
JS: Spelunking is for caves. I'm talking about oceanography. Caves are small; the ocean is vast. In the comedy business, you deal with scarcity all the time. You never have enough funny things. But in this show, it's the exact opposite. You talk about, What's a great sitcom? What's a great romantic comedy premise? Well, here it is: Here's a man and here's a woman, and they have decided to shackle themselves together. Let's see how that works out.
LK: Tell me about the spat between you and your wife, Jessica, that prompted the idea for The Marriage Ref.
JS: A friend of hers was over. I don't even know what it was about, but we got into something. And the friend started to get uncomfortable and said, "Maybe I should go." And I hit upon the idea of, "No, you have to stay. You have to solve this for me." And we each pleaded our case.
LK: Who won?
JS: Well, it wasn't me. But the simplicity of it was exciting.
"I've really studied wife-ology, and I know you've got to figure out the feelings. Deal with the feelings."