Jerry Seinfeld Believes He's on the Autism Spectrum
The comedian tells Brian Williams he has difficulties in social settings
It takes a lot of guts to do standup, let alone front one of TV’s most popular sitcoms for years. But despite all of that, comedian Jerry Seinfeld says he’s not the social butterfly many assume him to be.
“I think on a very drawn-out scale, I think I’m on the [autism] spectrum,” Seinfeld tells Williams. “Basic social engagement is really a struggle.”
It’s something the 60-year-old comic has increasingly noticed over the years. “I’m very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don’t know what they’re saying,” he explains during the segment. “But I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”
As for how he’s able to continue to work and put himself in social settings, including his new web series in which he regularly communes with friends and other comedians, Seinfeld says, “I know that that’s the healthiest thing I can do.”