Jerry Seinfeld's masterful David Letterman appearances: Four killer 1980s stand-up sets from "Late Night"

Decades-old vintage clips which totally show what a big star Seinfeld would become a few years later

Published May 13, 2015 4:22PM (EDT)

Long before "Seinfeld," Jerry Seinfeld was one of the great guests on David Letterman's "Late Night" show on NBC.

As Letterman prepares for his last show on Wednesday, these vintage '80s clips are pure genius, and a reminder of what a great observational comic and student of New York City he's always been.

Jerry Seinfeld, 1985: "If I'm the best man why is she marrying him"

Seinfeld, 1986: "Any drugs? What are we on the honor system now? Catching incredibly stupid smugglers?"

Seinfeld, 1987: "These are people who wanted to work part-time at a car wash, didn't have the qualifications for it"

Seinfeld. 1989: "The dumbest thing you can think in the back of a taxi cab is, 'Well, the man knows what he's doing ... after all, he's a professional'"

H/t: The terrific archive at AllDavidLetterman.

By Salon Staff

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