Jerry Seinfeld on Geometry as a training tool for future comedians (by way of the blog Computational Complexity)

I was great at Geometry. If I wanted to train someone as a comedian, I would make them do lots of proofs. That’s what comedy is: a kind of bogus proof. You set up a fallacious premise and then prove it with rigorous logic. It just makes people laugh. You’ll find that most of my stuff is based on that system … You must think rationally on a completely absurd plane.

I’m sure many of my Geometry students thought proofs were something from a completely absurd plane.

The ugly truth: most of the time, so did I.

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