Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is best known for his eponymous sitcom and stand-up career, but he is currently making a name for himself as a director. Seinfeld is directing his friend Colin Quinn in Quinn’s solo show Long Story Short, which opened at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre on Nov. 9, reports the New York Daily News. Billed as a “history of the world in 75 minutes,” Long Story Short debuted downtown last summer and is now making a splash on Broadway. Saturday Night Live alum Quinn and Seinfeld team up for an extended monologue described by the New York Daily News as “a condenses-book bop through civilization’s ups and downs.”
Jerry Seinfeld chatted with reporters in the lobby of the Royalton Hotel, located just two blocks from the theater, on opening night, reports Playbill.com. “I am so proud of him, so proud of him,” Seinfeld gushed. “And I know he’s proud. He belongs in this kind of environment. The only thing I really did is I told him to do a show like this instead of a regular stand-up. That was the big thing I did. He did all the work.” Although he is behind the scenes, Long Story Short marks Seinfeld’s Broadway debut. The comedian revealed that he has a simple tactic for directing saying, “We just talk about what’s funny, and, if we both agreed it’s funny, then it goes in the show.”
Seinfeld was center stage at the fourth annual Stand Up for Heroes show, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and The New York Comedy Festival. The Huffington Post reports that the event, held on Nov. 3, was hosted by Jon Stewart and Lee Woodruff and featured guests like Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Joel McHale, Brian Williams, Bill Burr, Tony Bennett and the Max Weinberg Big Band. The benefit raised more than $ 2.5 million for injured service members and their families.
Jerry Seinfeld joined a few other big names in comedy-Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand-as well as Vice President Joe Biden at the National Museum of America Jewish History on Nov. 13. Punchline Magazine reports that Seinfeld hosted the gala, held in Philadelphia in honor of the new 100 thousand square foot, $ 150 million museum. At the gala, Seinfeld asked how many audience members were not Jewish and also how many were not from the City of Brotherly Love before explaining that he had just come from Florida and quipping, “My mother lives in South Florida … as you might imagine.” After dessert was served, the comedian joked, “Let’s hear it for the rugelach,” reports Forward.com.
Although Seinfeld has been making frequent appearances lately-including supporting wife Jessica Seinfeld on her promotional tour for her new book Double Delicious!-fans can get Jerry Seinfeld tickets to see him perform stand-up. Seinfeld has dates lined up in Columbia, S.C.; Baltimore, Md.; Mashantucket, Conn.; Chicago, Ill.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Clearwater, Fla.; Rochester, N.Y.; Cleveland, Ohio; Saint Louis, Mo.; Toledo, Ohio; Durham, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas and Austin, Texas through February 2011.
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