It is hard to believe that Jerry Seinfeld (comedian, actor, writer and producer) is 57 years old and that his TV show Seinfeld, “a show about nothing” rated as one of the best shows of all time, ended over 10 years ago (it was aired on NBC for 9 seasons from 1990 – 1998). Like most people I loved that show and still do, so as soon as I heard he was doing a comedy show in Seattle I got a ticket straight away (there was no way I was going to miss this rare opportunity)!
October 1st, 2011
Finally the long wait was over and I joined the anxious and excited crowd outside the Paramount Theatre (a beautiful theatre, very ornate inside, built by Paramount Pictures in 1928 as a grand movie palace) for An Evening with Jerry Seinfeld. I knew I had a good seat in the pit section, but I didn’t realise how close I would be! I was sitting in the 2nd row right in front of Jerry (2 metres away)!
Jerry was very, very funny! He made jokes on everything from birth to death and all that falls between, much like the TV show he talked about seemingly mundane topics that everyone can relate to and find funny. Subjects included cookies, mobile phones, pop tarts, marriage, Seattle and coffee, stress, the difference between great and crappy is not much and the list goes on!
The crowd (including me) laughed and clapped throughout the entire performance, he never missed a beat. There was only one occasion during the show when some guy yelled out something. Jerry stopped and answered the guy, then got back on with the show. The guy yelled out again, Jerry stopped and said “Whats that? Its OK I have been doing this for a long time.”….there was nothing but silence. Brilliant!
He was on stage for well over an hour which was great and the show ended to a standing ovation. He thanked us for that, saying on the comedy circuit it isn’t that common, then he did a brief Q&A (he only had a limited time as he had a second show to do).
An 8 year old kid asked if he could get up on stage and get Jerry’s autograph (which he did). Jerry asked the kid if he knew “The Contest” episode of Seinfeld (one of the best – “we have to do it. It’s part of our lifestyle!”)…then said don’t worry some day you will understand!
The performance was everything I had hoped for. Thanks Jerry, you made my day!