Seinfeld's New Gig: New York Residency

He'll do at least 6 monthly shows at the Beacon Theater
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2015 11:19 AM CST
Seinfeld's New Gig: New York Residency
In this Sept. 16, 2013 file photo, Jerry Seinfeld attends a special screening of "Enough Said," in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Jerry Seinfeld is going the Britney Spears/Celine Dion route, except not in Las Vegas: The comedian is starting a residency at New York's Beacon Theater next year. Beginning Jan. 7, he'll perform stand-up once per month for six months, the New York Times reports. After those shows (the rest of the dates are Feb. 18, March 2, April 14, May 5, and June 8), "We’ll see how it goes, and if everybody’s happy, maybe we’ll do some more," Seinfeld says. He notes that the Beacon, which only seats about 2,800, "was made for comedy." And, he tells the Wall Street Journal, it means a lot to do such a stint in NYC: "New York is my whole comedic soul. I feel like I represent this attitude, with all its pluses and minuses. Cranky. Irritable. Impatient. I can’t stand something that is stupid. That is where a lot of comedy comes from."

"My favorite theater in New York to perform in has always been The Beacon. Comedians live for certain houses that just feel 'alive' for some reason," Seinfeld says in a statement, per the Hollywood Reporter. "The Beacon is that place for me, and I am so excited to make it my new home." Seinfeld "often" appears unannounced at New York comedy clubs, the Times notes, but he assures audiences the Beacon shows—or, as they're officially called, Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand—will be different. Casual comedy club stints "are just noodling around with ideas," while the Beacon shows will be "the lineup of my best hitters," he says. "You will see my best show here, every time I do it. This is not a workshop." Tickets go on sale Monday at 10am here. (Click for the advice Seinfeld gave Amy Schumer.)

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