For most of his professional life, Jerry Seinfeld has been making grown-ups laugh. Now, with the Cannes screening of his animated feature, “Bee Movie,” it’s the kids’ turn to get a dose of his droll humor.
“There is nothing more fun than seeing a kid laugh,” he told TODAY’s Natalie Morales as he and co-star and co-writer Chris Rock sat in the sun on the shore of the Mediterranean. “As a comedian, I didn’t know this until later in life. The laugh of a child is the ultimate laugh.”
Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica Sklar, have three children, Sascha, 6; Julian Kal, 4; and Shepherd Kellen, who will be 2 in August.
“The laugh of a drunk child is the best laugh I can experience,” joked Rock, who plays a mosquito in the movie.
“It’s the easiest to get,” deadpanned Seinfeld.
“You give a kid a little sip of beer,” Rock advised.
“You don’t see a lot of drunken kids,” Seinfeld countered.
“Not at your house,” cracked Rock.
That’s what happens when you get two famous ad-libbers together in a town known for sun and champagne.
They also talked about the movie, which follows the adventures of Barry B. Benson, played by Seinfeld, a bee who’s just graduated from college and is disillusioned to learn that he’s to spend the rest of his life making honey. So he leaves the hive and enters the world of people through a florist played by Renee Zellweger.
Jerry makes a 'bee line' to Cannes
“Bees don’t know that humans are taking the honey, and humans don’t know that bees have been talking all these years and just haven’t said anything to them,” Seinfeld said.
Along the way, he makes friends with Rock, who plays a mosquito, an experience he described as “very mosquitous.”
Last year’s grand entrance at the Cannes Film Festival was made by Borat (Sacha Cohen) wearing a thong sort of thing. This year, it was Seinfeld humming down a zip line in a bee costume.
“I wore a thong earlier, but I got arrested,” quipped Rock.
The pair’s big scene in the movie occurs when they both land on a truck windshield, said Seinfeld, “and he’s explaining to me how you handle a windshield when you’re a bug. He ad-libbed his whole part. The stuff he made up was better than the script.”
The movie is the first major script from Seinfeld since his enormously popular television show ended in 1999 after a nine-year run. Other members of the cast include Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Kathy Bates, Megan Mullally, Oprah Winfrey, Patrick Warburton, Larry Miller, Larry King, Barry Levinson and Rip Torn.
The movie will be pre-screened at the festival. It’s scheduled for release on Nov. 2.