Jerry Seinfeld on the autism spectrum?

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says he has learned more about autism in recent years. It turns out, as he revealed in a NBC’s “Nightly News” segment Thursday with Brian Williams, he thinks he might be on the spectrum. Williams asked him to explain why he thinks that might be the case. “Basic social engagement is really […]

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says he has learned more about autism in recent years. It turns out, as he revealed in a NBC’s “Nightly News” segment Thursday with Brian Williams, he thinks he might be on the spectrum.

Williams asked him to explain why he thinks that might be the case.

“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,” Seinfeld said. “But I don’t see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.”

Even though this realization might have been recent, Seinfeld has been involved in the effort to create awareness by performing at a number of benefits for autism charities over the years, including Autism Speaks events and the 2012 “Night of Too Many Stars.”

Clearly the comedy mastermind has figured out how to take any extra challenges he might encounter and turn them into an asset. Not only did he have one of the most successful sitcoms in history, he is now constantly busy performing his stand up routines and has the entertaining web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which is now in its fifth season.