Jerry Seinfeld's Trick For Talking To People
The trick is to ask questions for which a number is the answer.
In the latest episode of the popular web series "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" released today, Jerry Seinfeld takes Amy Schumer for a ride in a Ferrari before settling into some serious conversation at a New York City diner.
When Schumer admits she is sometimes uncomfortable during "meet and greets" with people, Seinfeld gives her one piece of advice.
"Here's my trick for talking to people — numbers!" Seinfeld says seriously, "Ask them questions to which the answer is a number."
When Schumer asks "Why numbers?" Seinfeld explains:
"There's always an answer. This is Seinfeld's secret technique for talking to regular people — 'How long have you lived here? What time do you start work? When did you do that?'"
Schumer, catching on, adds: "How many of your grandparents are alive? What age were you when you lost your virginity?"
Of sometimes feeling socially awkward, Seinfeld explains that, "as a comedian, the world has a transparent quality to you, you see through everything and spend all of your time trying to cogitate."