While speaking to Brian Williams about the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld discussed his belief that he displays attributes consistent with autism-spectrum disorders.
“I think, on a very drawn out scale, I’m on the spectrum,” Seinfeld told the NBC Nightly News host. He then elaborated about what exactly he has noticed that indicates to him he may be on the autism spectrum. “[I’m] never paying attention to the right things,” Seinfeld said. “Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I’m very literal. When people talk to me and use expressions, I don’t know what they’re saying.”
Seinfeld went on to say that he doesn’t view this self-diagnosis as dysfunctional. “I just think of it as an alternate mindset,” he said.
The comedian discussed this belief in relation to why he loves comedians and spends so much time with them. When he’s not in his car with fellow comedians, Seinfeld is still known to pop up in comedy clubs around New York City.
“They’re the only kind of people that I feel completely relaxed around,” Seinfeld said.