Legendary entertainer and comedian Jerry Seinfeld is bringing his show to the Macon City Auditorium on Friday. Best known for the hit sitcom Seinfeld from 1989-1998, Seinfeld has a broad career that spans acting, writing and performing stand-up comedy on a national and international scale.
When I was 10 years old, Seinfeld said on his website, I started watching stand-up comedians on TV. I fell in love with them and Im just as fascinated with stand-up comedy today. Somewhere out there are 10 year olds like I was just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit. Im just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.
In 1976 after graduation from Queens College, Seinfeld tried out at an open-mic night, which led to an appearance in a Rodney Dangerfield special. In May 1981, Seinfeld made a highly successful appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, impressing Carson and the audience and leading to regular appearances on that show and others.
His popularity grew exponentially leading finally to his own show, Seinfeld, which by its fourth season had become the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. On the show, Seinfeld played a caricature of himself and says that the show was influenced by the 1950s sitcom The Abbott and Costello Show.
When the show ended, Seinfeld returned to a career in stand-up comedy rather than seeking a career in film. Since 1998, he has appeared in hundreds of venues, bringing his offbeat and often irreverent sense of humor to comment on the absurd and the mundane in a way that makes it seem anything but. Much like the sitcom, Seinfeld makes no apologies for his ability to find humor in absolutely nothing at all.
Seinfelds 2013 tour will kick off in Macon and travel across the United States, allowing him to share -- and no doubt gather more material for -- his unique viewpoint on life. Mostly, though, Seinfeld still just loves to do stand-up performances.
I miss opening for Frankie Valli and Ben Vereen, walking out as an unknown and theres no applause: lets get it on, he said on his website. I once opened for Vic Damone at a nooner on a basketball court in Brooklyn. Theyre going, Who is this kid? Oh, god! Theyre sure youre not worth the trouble. But Id win over some of those rooms.
Seinfeld said he never intends to stop performing.
If I dont do a set in two weeks, I feel it, he said. I read an article a few years ago that said when you practice a sport a lot, you literally become a broadband: the nerve pathway in your brain contains a lot more information. As soon as you stop practicing, the pathway begins shrinking back down. Reading that changed my life. I used to wonder, Why am I doing these sets, getting on a stage? Dont I know how to do this already? The answer is no. You must keep doing it. The broadband starts to narrow the moment you stop.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St.
Information: 751-9232 or ticketmaster.com