Jerry Seinfeld became a billionaire thanks to a long-running television comedy that showed the chaotic lives of four people living in New York.
So it might seem odd that the 53-year-old Seinfeld star chose the highly-organized world of bees as the setting for his first effort at animated movie-making in Bee Movie, which will be released on Nov. 30 in Taiwan.
Seinfeld says he got the idea for Bee Movie after seeing a documentary about bees.
"They seem so utopian - their social structure, their corporate structure. They're so organized and focused. And that just made me laugh.
"That's a funny setting for a comedy, a perfect society where everyone knows their place. Because life is not like that."
The hero of Seinfeld's film is a bee named Barry, who discovers that humans are stealing honey for profit. Outraged, Barry launches and wins a lawsuit against mankind, with terrible consequences for the environment.
For Seinfeld, the project posed a series of challenges, such as waiting months for a punch line to be realized, as opposed to the rapid-fire immediacy of stand-up comedy.
"It was really hard to get my brain to slow down that much and just wait. There was one joke in the film that I didn't see until the night of the premiere. And I wrote it four years ago."
Seinfeld said he likes working on a wide range of projects, but stand-up comedy is still what he likes best.
"I never feel as right as I do when I'm on stage in a night club, performing. I always have a feeling inside that feels like 'This is what I am supposed to do,'" he said.(AFP)
Grant: What's wrong with you?
Cal: I just got stung by a bee and feel a bit dizzy.
Grant: Are you allergic to bees?
Cal: No, but I don't like getting stung by them. Especially the big ones with the monster stingers.
Grant: I know how you feel. I always wear shoes when I walk around in fields because I'm scared of stepping on one.
Monster has many meanings, one of which is "very large." For example, you could say, "I got a monster stomachache last night and had to stay in."