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Jerry Seinfeld roasts Paul McCartney as he visits the White House to receive the Gershwin Prize YouTube screenshot

Jerry Seinfeld has delivered some great performances, and this bit is no exception. He absolutely skewered Paul McCartney when the former Beatle visited the White House to accept the 2010 Gershwin Prize for his contributions to music.

Seinfeld began by addressing the room: “Mr. President, First Lady, Sir Paul McCartney, other people.”

Seinfeld’s tribute consisted of him analyzing why McCartney dislikes prizes and the meaning of being a “sir.”

“Sir Paul, you have written some of the most beautiful music ever heard by humans in this world, it’s my favorite music that I’ve ever heard in my life, I love you for it,” Seinfeld said. “Yet some of the lyrics in some of the songs as they go by you can make one unsure, or even concerned.”

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Seinfeld went on to analyze some of the singer’s more interesting lyrics, like “she was just seventeen, you know what I mean?”

“I think I know what you mean, Sir Paul,” he said.

The comedian laid out the progression of McCartney’s music from a young man to a married person, then riffed on marriage before congratulating McCartney one last time.

Stephen Fasulo About the author:
Stephen Fasulo is a student at the Catholic University of America where he is working on his B.A in English. He is from Hollis Center, Maine.
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