Jerry Seinfeld: “I Think I’m on the Autism Spectrum, Basic Social Engagement is Really a Struggle”

Jerry Seinfeld reveals he considers himself to be mildly autistic
Jerry Seinfeld reveals he considers himself to be mildly autistic Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Jerry Seinfeld, on the autism spectrum? That's what the actor and comedian told NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams during a recent segment about his hit Internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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The 60-year-old comic, who, despite his fame and fortune, continues to do stand-up at New York comedy clubs, explained to Williams that he's still finding out exactly who he is as a person.

And as he's learned more about autism spectrum disorder in recent years, Seinfeld explains he’s become more convinced he can see himself in the description.

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"I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum," the sitcom creator revealed.

"What are the markers?" an intrigued Williams asked.

"You know, never paying attention to the right things,” said Seinfeld. “Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying."

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But while the revelation about his social struggles may be surprising, Seinfeld is clear that this isn't something he considers a disability.

"I don't see it as dysfunctional," he added. "I just think of it as an alternate mindset."

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