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Thursday
Jul262012

Jerry Seinfeld Books Tour of New York City

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld will be bringing his comedy back to where it all started this fall with a string of stand-up performances across New York City.

Seinfeld will perform one show in each of the city’s five boroughs — Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx — in October and November.

“I was born in Brooklyn, went to school in Queens and started out as a comedian in Manhattan. I feel like New York City taught me how to be funny. I’m so excited to perform a special series of shows for my beloved home town,” Seinfeld said in a statement.

The five performances will be the comic’s first since his sold-out Broadway engagement, “I’m Telling You For The Last Time,” at the Broadhurst Theater in 1998, which was just after his hit show came to an end.

The performances are all slated to take place on Thursday nights, the same night of the week that the iconic 90′s series Seinfeld aired.

Tickets for all five-borough shows go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 30 at 10 a.m. and will cost $76 – $89 for most performances.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb232012

Romney Channels George Costanza, Actor Jabs Back

Todd Williamson/WireImage(PHOENIX) -- Mitt Romney hadn’t yet finished introducing himself at the CNN Republican debate in Phoenix when the crowd Wednesday night began applauding him. Romney decided to stop right then. He turned to rival Rick Santorum and said: “That’s good enough. As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop. Right?”

In that episode of Seinfeld (episode 172, “The Burning”), Costanza complained that at work meetings:

“GEORGE: I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting but by the end it’s buried under a pile of gaffes and bad puns.”

“JERRY: Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”

Later in the episode Costanza did just that after making a joke that amused his boss:

“GEORGE: (getting up and leaving) Alright! That’s it for me. Goodnight everybody.”

On Twitter late Wednesday night, actor Jason Alexander -- who played George Costanza -- tweeted: “Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov012011

Jerry Seinfeld to Temporarily Replace Regis Philbin

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld’s coming back to TV, though not in the format you might have expected.

The comedian will temporarily fill Regis Philbin’s shoes on Live! with Kelly following Philbin’s Nov. 18 departure. Seinfeld will join Kelly Ripa for three shows airing Nov. 21-23.

“Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly’s, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an entertainment icon,” executive producer Michael Gelman said in a statement. “It’s a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show.”

Seinfeld and Ripa will chat with guests including Jason Segal, Kim Cattrall, Howie Mandel, Jamie Oliver and, potentially most memorably, Miss Piggy.

More guest hosts are expected to fill in for Philbin following Seinfeld’s stint.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun292011

NY Man Blames Jerry Seinfeld for Reality TV Show Divorce: 'It Is His Show'

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Howie Kohlenberg and ex-wife Christine joined reality TV show The Marriage Ref for their 15 minutes of fame. Instead, they saw the end of their 15-year marriage. Now, Kohlenberg, the jilted husband, is blaming the NBC show and its executive producer, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, for the breakup of his marriage.

"It is his show. He is co-creator, co-producer," Kohlenberg told ABC News of Seinfeld's alleged role in his marriage's demise. "His crew and his producers got us souped up that we could be stars the next day."

Kohlenberg alleges those dreams of stardom pushed by the show pushed his wife to leave him and their four-and-a-half-year-old son behind as well, bolting for Los Angeles and an acting career after the couple's Marriage Ref segment aired.

The Kohlenbergs put themselves among a pool of thousands of applicants to appear on the show, on which three celebrities pick a side in a real-life marital dispute, in hopes of helping their now-defunct Manhattan spa business.

"The show producers said that it would really pump up the publicity," Kohlenberg said. "I felt it could be fun."

Kohlenberg and his now-former wife were picked for the show's debut episode, but when it aired March 4, 2010, the focus was instead on, Kohlenberg says, a manufactured dispute.

"I take my wedding ring off twice a week to play basketball, and the producers loved that angle," Kohlenberg said. "We embellished it a little, saying I go out and party with the guys."

But, in real life, Kohlenberg said, it was only money issues that sometimes strained their otherwise-happy marriage. "She didn't really care when I took my wedding ring off or not," he said.

The show's reps had no comment, but Seinfeld told the New York Daily News that he found the whole thing amusing.

"I love it, I love, I love it. When people get upset, I enjoy it," Seinfeld said."That he's having problems, and blaming me, it's all, anything that alleviates the withering, blithering boredom of existence I'm in favor of."

The couple's divorce was finalized three months ago. ABC News was unable to reach Christine but Kohlenberg says his ex-wife moved to Canada, where she lives with her producer-boyfriend.

While Kohlenberg is convinced Seinfeld and his reality TV show are to blame for his marriage's demise, experts say when reality television and romance collide, it's usually as much about the couple as the show.

"I absolutely do not think that Jerry Seinfeld's show broke up this marriage," Los Angeles-based psychologist Michelle Golland told ABC News. "When a couple is on a reality TV show, it can give them a new perspective," she said. "The glaring spotlight of reality television really highlights the dysfunction."

Kohlenberg says he is now on the brink of bankruptcy and has been forced to move out of his apartment, but has no plans to sue either the show or Seinfeld.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
May092011

Jerry Seinfeld Doesn't Watch 'Seinfeld'

Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld doesn't watch Seinfeld -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

The comic tells PopEater.com he doesn't catch episodes of the legendary sitcom, saying "I don't really, in fact, I don't at all.  I think because as much as I enjoy the humor of it, it kind of reminds me of how hard it was to do."  He added, "I can't seem to get that part out of my head and just enjoy the show, but I'm working on it because I would like to watch them more.  When I watch them, I see my face and I see how I was struggling."

Seinfeld is keeping busy these days with the launch of JerrySeinfeld.com, a new website where he says he'll post three clips of his standup over the years each day.  Seinfeld has no ads on the site because he wants people to appreciate the art of standup comedy, calling it "a valentine to this profession."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr182011

Jerry Seinfeld Calls Royal Wedding 'A Circus Act'

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- What's the deal with royal weddings?  That's what Jerry Seinfeld wants to know.

While appearing on the British television show Daybreak last week, the comedian offered his take on the upcoming wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.  After sarcastically saying he was "very excited" about the nuptials, Seinfeld said, "Well, it's a circus act, it's an absurd act."

He went on to say, "You know, it's dress-up. It's a classic English thing of let's play dress-up. Let's pretend that these are special people. Okay, we'll all pretend that -- that's what theater is. That's why the British have the greatest theater in the world. They love to dress up and they love to play pretend. And that's what the royal family is -- it's a huge game of pretend.  These aren't special people -- it's fake outfits, fake phony hats and gowns."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov042010

Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, The Boss 'Stand Up for Heroes'

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Mazur/ WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart cracked jokes, while Tony Bennett sang and Bruce Springsteen rocked at a fundraising event in New York City Wednesday for wounded members of the U.S. military and their families.

The fourth annual Stand Up for Heroes show, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, was held at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre and hosted by Stewart.  The event was also streamed live online to several military bases.  Bob Woodruff is an ABC News Correspondent who spent five weeks in a coma after suffering a head injury while reporting from Iraq.

Stewart referenced Tuesday’s election results in his opening remarks, saying when he heard the benefit would be raising money for the wounded, he thought to himself, “Oh, a Democratic Party fundraiser.”  Stewart also joked the Republicans were an endangered species two years ago, but the election results showed how good Democrats are at conservation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, after Springsteen performed, he turned over one of his guitars to be auctioned off.  An unidentified woman purchased it for $140,000.

The fundraiser also included video messages from President Barack Obama and Jimmy Kimmel, who joked that Precious star Gabourey Sidibe would give him a “wet willie” for every $100,000 donated.  At the end of the video, Sidibe appeared on screen and gave Kimmel two wet ones.  Jerry Seinfeld closed the show, after Stewart introduced him by saying he's a big fan and has been watching Seinfeld reruns for years.

All proceeds from the event go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which supports wounded service members, veterans and their families.

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