Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld will tour New Zealand in August 2017 performing a live stand-up show filled with his trademark humour, wit and sharp observations about day-to-day life.
Seinfeld's debut New Zealand performance will be at Auckland's Vector Arena on Saturday August 12, following his five-city tour of Australia.
It's the first time Seinfeld has ever toured New Zealand – although this tour will see his return to Australia where he last performed live in Sydney and Melbourne in June 1998.
Seinfeld said: "New Zealand and Australia may be far in miles but I feel very close to the people because of our mutual comedy connection. I couldn't be more excited about seeing everyone there."
Globally known and loved for his eponymous sitcom about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld's career took off in 1981 after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. Starring a semi-fictional version of its star, Seinfeld ran for nine seasons, screened around the world and won numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People's Choice awards. In 2009 it was named the greatest television show of all time by TV Guide; it was judged the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll three years later.
Seinfeld also has starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and even wrote a best-selling book (Seinlanguage) and a children's book (Halloween). He directed the off-Broadway production of Colin Quinn: The New York Story at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.
Seinfeld's latest project is critically acclaimed web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com), which has garnered close to 100 million views, and which the New York Times describes as "impressively complex and artful" and Variety calls "a game changer".
President and CEO of TEG Dainty, Paul Dainty said he was delighted to welcome Seinfeld back to Australia and on to New Zealand: "After 40 years in the industry, Jerry Seinfeld is arguably the best known and most successful stand-up comedian in the world. As well as his long-term fans, this tour gives a new generation of Australasians a rare opportunity to see the master at work."
International Tour Promoter/Producer JS Touring LLC Kevin Dochtermann said: "We are excited to return to Australia and visit New Zealand for the first time. Mr. Seinfeld's show continues to thrill audiences all over the world."
A New York native, Seinfeld remains active as a standup comedy performer, continuously touring nationally and internationally. This year he has performed a year-long monthly residence at the Beacon Theatre entitled, "Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand".
As Rolling Stone said of his Beacon Theatre performance: "The show happily reminded the audience the ridiculous things its members share: lazy diction, contradictory behaviours, vapid rituals, and, of course, the inescapable minutiae that overwhelm out lives. Yada yada yada."
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