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Jerry Seinfeld, Learning to Bee on the Big Screen

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld arrive for the L.A. premiere of <em>Bee Movie</em> on Oct. 28.
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Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld arrive for the L.A. premiere of <em>Bee Movie</em> on Oct. 28.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld last sat down with Fresh Air in September 1987, before his TV series made him an international celebrity.

Now he's back, and in a big way: Bee Movie, the animated comedy he's written and produced for DreamWorks, opens this Friday. (Watch clips.) It's about Barry B. Benson, a bee who learns about life outside the hive — and eventually sues humanity for stealing honey.

Seinfeld begins his conversation with Fresh Air guest host Dave Davies with an observation on the difference between writing a screenplay and doing stand-up comedy.

"The trouble with it is, you have this story — which is such a nuisance," Seinfeld says. "You know, in stand-up you just tell the funny part. But in a movie, the audience demands that you tell them some sort of story that makes sense. And this is a tremendous handicap for me."

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