Jerry Seinfeld can pretty much decide if he wants to work anymore at this point in his career. As a stand up comedian he is going to give New York audiences a bunch of shows. The Madison Square Garden Company announced yesterday that it was giving Seinfeld a residency at its Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he will perform stand-up about once a month, starting on Jan. 7, for at least six shows. He went on to say:
“A career comes out of the culture that you grew up in. And I feel like New York and Long Island is what gave me the perspective to do what I do.”
Mr. Seinfeld’s Beacon Theater series will be called “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand,” and also has additional shows at the Beacon on Feb. 18, March 2, April 14, May 5 and June 8. After that, he said:
“We’ll see how it goes, and if everybody’s happy, maybe we’ll do some more.”
It seats only about 2,800 people, but Jerry says the Beacon was the right size for the work that he does.
“It was made for comedy. When you come see somebody here that you like, it hits you in a different way.”
When he is not performing his stand-up show in other theaters or arenas around the country, Mr. Seinfeld remains an avid of New York’s comedy clubber, making unannounced appearances to do a random routine and try out new material. The Beacon performances, he said, will be: